Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Friday 06 October 2017

Review: Greg Davies Live @ The Brighton Centre

Greg Davies has a comedic face. No disrespect, but he only has to glance at a camera and people wet themselves. He's also an imposing figure, standing at 6 ft 8 in tall in his size 13 shoes. But can he cut it live? Stephanie Keane was at The Brighton Centre to find out ..

First up he's banned from mentioning his parents in his current stand-up material. They told him that they weren't to be included this time and that his dad "selfishly died three years ago" and he was disappointed as they make up more than half of his material.

This current show was named after a cab journey Greg was once taking through London. He pulled up to some traffic lights (and he had the window down), a man recognised Greg and leant into the cab, grabbed his collar and growled "you magnificent beast" and then left. 

He spoke about a 5ft teddy bear he wanted for Christmas from Clinton Cards when he was young. His mum couldn't afford it so she made it for him for Christmas and called it "Blue Ted" (it looked more like a deformed frog). 

Greg cackled as he revealed that he "fucked that bear throughout his teenage years" and when his mum saw the show in his home town earlier this year, she was, quite understandably, mortified.

Then came the insights on his much publicised early career as a teacher. He hated it but thought it was a cushy easy job. 

That was until he decided to gather quotes to show throughout the night. 

He met up with one of his old students who revealed: "You were really nice and a good laugh, but let's be honest, you were a shit teacher!"

He closed the show with his support act (Barry Castagnola) dressed as 'Blue Ted' running on stage to hump him till he fell over.

It was a brilliant night, full of blue comedy, enjoyed by all.

by: Stephanie Keane


Whats on in Brighton today

Stone Foundation's new album, Everybody, Anyone, was recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studios in Surrey and features a sprinkling of guest musicians.

The flamboyant world of Brighton in the 1880s and back-street life of the 1930s and 50s are the focus of two new books from community publisher QueenSpark Books.

Reading the wonderful new Ronnie Lane oral biography, Can You Show Me A Dream?, it would be easy for the reader to be left with the impression that Ronnie's life cycle had been a wild journey with a sad ending. But for Ronnie the journey hadn't ended. The letter had left the envelope, that's all.

Black Deer Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Eridge Park, Britain's oldest deer park, located on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells, and you can expect an array of authentic americana-style meats, smokey whiskeys, bespoke custom bike showcases, storytellings from cultural pioneers, not to mention a line-up of artists across the Americana, blues, roots, authentic country, folk and bluegrass genres.  

The RPMs new single Let Things Happen raises the bar significantly for this young Brighton band. 
(c) Tom Sheehan 2018

Del Amitri return this summer for a UK tour, the celebrated Glaswegian band's first run of dates since 2014.

Albert Hammond Jr's latest album Francis Trouble explores a deeply personal topic – the stillborn death of his twin brother, Francis, and the lingering effects that event has had in his life and music. 

Sea Life Brighton has issued an urgent appeal for the public to become more responsible with their waste after collecting a record amount of rubbish on Brighton beach. 

One-hundred years on from the first women in the country being granted the right to vote, Brighton Dome has been officially recognised as one of forty-one buildings across England that were at the centre of suffragette action.

Joan Armatrading is a woman of candour – not to mention can do. She gets straight to the heart of the matter, and she delivers.

The drama and magic of Glyndebourne Festival provide the inspiration for a new children’s book, The Mulberry Bees.

Fusing powerful song writing with musical flare, Brighton-based Hatful of Rain combine their English, Celtic and American inspirations to great effect on their new album. 

The UK's first ever interactive film event, an opportunity to walk a mile in someone else's shoes or to fly in a virtual reality world, and a marathon performance of remembered dances are all part of a packed autumn season at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton.  

A special ceremony is being held this month at Woodvale Cemetery, Brighton, to return the gravestone of Thomas Highflyer, a 12-year-old slave boy who was rescued from a slave dhow and died in Brighton 148 years ago.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...

Whats on in Brighton today

Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd