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Tuesday 26 April 2016

Daring, Futuristic & Off-The-Wall: Lamb Comedy Returns To Brighton Fringe 2016

In 2015 Lamb Comedy gambolled into Brighton Fringe with a packed programme of comedy shows, ranging from the wryly observational and off-the-wall to the daring and the futuristic.

This bagged them a runner-up accolade in the Brighton Fringe Awards and this year they're back with an expanded programme over two venues in May.

Here's just a flavour of Lamb in 2016:

Sheraz Yousaf in The Pursuit of Manlyness asks: What if you were taught how to be a man? But you weren't yet a man. So you untaught yourself, and then you learned again from someone else, and they were also wrong. And then you went to something where there were other men. And they told you how to be a man. What kind of man would you be?

BBC New Comedy Award finalist Tom Ward spins tales of his favourite unsung heroes into a dreamlike narrative of voice and sounds. 

Featuring deeply personal and heartfelt impressions of: kettles, Casio keyboards, Jools Holland's drunken home life, friendly perverts, misunderstood racists, carpet salesmen and many more faces you'll recognise from your daily life.

With a mix of home-grown Brighton talent and an array of up-and-coming national comedy stars, Lamb Comedy in the 2016 Brighton Fringe boasts more than 50 comedians in 20 shows over 14 nights.

Whether your taste is for quick-fire gags, observations on the absurdity of modern life, or just plain silliness, Lamb Comedy brings it all.

And if you're not sure what to see, Lamb is offering taster shows with short sets by performers: "Lamb Chops" and "Lambs to the slaughter", which always attract a packed crowd.

Lamb Comedy's Lulu Baker said. "We've hand-picked shows that make us laugh, and we reckon if they do it for us, then a Brighton comedy audience is going to love them." 

Like gags? Want a proper laugh? Last year's runners-up of the Fringe Guru 2015 Audience Choice award AGM are 'Back In Business'. 

With one-liners, stories, puns and jokes aplenty, AGM are Steve Adams: Married with kids and really feeling his age, making you laugh despite his misfortunes. 

Colin Galletly: Master of the one-liner, providing a blizzard of jokes, from the clever, to the silly, to the downright surreal. 

Johnny Murph: Mild-mannered man of mirth with child-like enthusiasm and silliness.

BBC New Comedy Award finalist Athena Kugblenu has an opinion on everything. 

Listen to her unique take on the landscape of Great Britain and the world today: Have we progressed? Are things really getting better? 

This year Lamb Comedy is at two Brighton venues: Nowhere Man Café at 53 Upper North Street, and the Craft Beer Co. just along the road at 22-23 Upper North Street..

The full programme is available at and brochures are available around Brighton & Hove. Tickets are on sale now at

by: Mike Cobley


Brighton: Symphony of a City was inspired by the city symphony films of the 1920s and 1930s. Through a silent film with live music the aim was a visual and musical portrait of the city in all its festive, bohemian, campaigning glory.

Brian Wilson will be joined by former Beach Boys band mate Al Jardine and their band at this summer's Together The People Festival in Brighton to perform a UK Festival Exclusive of the classic album Pet Sounds in full. 

The Stairs are back from twenty-years of hibernation, refreshed and once again armed with their hybrid of cosmic psychedelia, raucous rhythm and blues and 60’s west coast garage sounds.

For more than twenty years Ross Noble has been the king of spontaneous stand-up,almost constantly touring, and he's busier now than ever. 

The Hope Six Demolition Project is the follow-up to PJ Harvey's groundbreaking Let England Shake album.

Drawn from her own personal experiences with mental health and institutionalisation,writer Karis Halsall has created Hysterical, a show that explores the question of whether it's actually possible to be 'well' in our society, surrounded by never ending pressures and the need to achieve and please.

A leading UK charity committed to improving the mental health of young people, is launching a major new cartoon competition about the pressures of the online world.

The Brighton Festival offers up a genuine treat when the godfather of alternative comedy, Alexei Sayle, pays the city a visit to discuss his career, from Marxist art-school student to star of The Comic Strip and The Young Ones. 

Brighton’s Big Screen returns this June with a line-up of blockbuster and classic moviesplus live coverage of the European Championship football from France..

The UK Comics' Laureate and noted comic book creator Dave Gibbons will be writing the foreword for QueenSpark Books' new graphic novel, Brighton's Graphic War.

Te Rangitu Netana, one of New Zealand's leading experts in the ancient and traditional practice of Ta Moko, Maori tattoo, will be showcasing his work at the Brighton Tattoo Convention, later this month.

In Northern Spain there is a long standing tradition of gastronomic societies, known locally as txokos, where men meet friends to cook and share their passion for fine food and drink.

A recent study by Tenovus Cancer Care and the Royal College of Music has proven thatsinging in a choir for just one hour boosts levels of immune proteins, reduces stress and improves mood, which in turn can have a positive impact on overall health. 

Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat teamed-up with friend and collaborator Jim James of My Morning Jacket on production for new album, Good Advice.

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