Time to Take a Stand – UP!

 

 

Whoever said laughter is the best medicine wasn’t far wrong – although they obviously hadn’t tried Valium.

The physical, psychological and social effects of humour and laughter are as bountiful as Donald Trump’s frontal hair shelf. Studies show that humour and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. In fact a good old belly laugh can leave your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.

Making people laugh is therefore giving them a unique gift. And the amazing thing about laughter is that it’s free – unless of course you’re lucky enough to be at one of Brighton & Hove’s many brilliant comedy nights, in which case it can cost you anything from £3 – £30, depending on the experience of the comedians.

If you’ve longed to have your entourage in stitches, but can only ever seem to muster a joke from last year’s Christmas cracker, then help is at the end of your funny bone.

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Louise Stevenson

This October, Brighton Comedy Course is teaming up with Evolution Arts to offer a 6-week beginners course in the art of stand-up. Run by Louise Stevenson (pictured above) a Scottish stand-up who started her comedy career in 1999 on the New Zealand circuit, Brighton Comedy Course is for anyone who wants to:

  • Improve Confidence
  • Enhance public speaking ability
  • Increase presentation skills
  • Write and edit comedy

And who knows, you could go on to be the next stand-up sensation like several previous graduates, including the hilarious Phil Jerrod.The world is your Apollo!

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Brighton Comedy Course Graduates

I met up with Louise after Brighton Comedy Course’s most recent graduate gig at The Verdict in Kemp Town to ask her a few questions about life in the laughter lane:

Q. What made you get into comedy?

A: Honestly, I love making people laugh and thought I could. I had just moved to Wellington, NZ and I shared my aspirations with the first woman comic I saw performing and she just happened to have space on her comedy course which started the next day, fate maybe.

Q. What are the highs and lows of being a stand-up comedian?

Highs are coming off a stage with a big audience who’ve really enjoyed you. Lows are the travelling from town to town staying in places on your own (there’s a lot of cinema!), And the combination of a high and low is where a woman comes up and says “ My boyfriend totally laughed his arse off and he never thinks women are funny!”

Q. Who is your favourite comedian and why?
Kevin Bridges, because he’s hilarious and talks about a lot of things that I can relate to coming from Glasgow.

Q. How has being a comedian changed you?
Now there’s a question, well it’s given me much more confidence over the years, it also gives you the balls to share something you thinks funny without worrying what the response will be. Who cares-you won’t know its funny till you put it out there.

Q. What are 3 main things you hope people will get from your course?
Confidence, the ability to perform a tight set, and a love of comedy.

Q. TEll us a joke.!
Southern Rail-need I expand?

Give yourself and others the gift of laughter today by booking a place on the Brighton Comedy Course at Evolution Arts here.

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Comedian & Brighton Comedy Course Graduate Phil Jerrod

Jerrod informs us, deadpan, that he’s the most boring man he knows, then riffs off into a fantastic set of perfectly delivered, perfectly timed and perfectly glorious comedy.” BROADWAY BABY

Certainly one to keep an eye on. His tortured ramblings about being white and middle-class run on like the nightmare I imagine it isn’t and made me genuinely laugh out loud” – The Brighton Argus

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(Brighton &) Hove Grown Festival

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Over the last few months, the creative community in Brighton & Hove has been sowing the seeds of a brand new mulit-arts festival.

From 18th – 27th March you can reap the rewards of their creative labours as  (Brighton &) Hove Grown bursts to life, showcasing the best in Brighton & Hove’s creative community in three venues across the city.

(Brighton &) Hove Grown is a celebration of new writing, consisting of 29 shows and workshops covering comedy, impro, spoken word and theatre.

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The festival grew from a cross-polination of ideas between Guy Wah, founder of ZLS TheatreBrighton’s only social enterprise theatre company, and Sweet Venues, which manages the award-winning Duxebox Theatre.

In autumn last year Guy had the eureka moment of bringing together the best local writers and performers through a new affordable festival. At the same time Sarah Johnson, assistant venue manager for Sweet Venues, was looking at ways of increasing the awareness of venues in the Western Road area of Hove. Guy says:

“We wanted an affordable festival that draws attention to the huge variety of fantastic new writing and performance in Brighton and Hove and more importantly we wanted to give these new works an opportunity to be performed.We’re thrilled to have so much support in our first year, particularly from Brighton Fringe, as we always set out to be a forerunner for local writing and performance leading up to the fantastic line-ups at The Fringe and other festivals.”

The festival aims to shine a spotlight on some of the brilliant venues in Hove ahead of their participation in Brighton Fringe in Mays. Sarah Johnson, assistant venue manager for Sweet Venues, says:

“We hope by being loud and proud about our love for Hove, we will raise awareness of the hub of creative activity that has developed in the Western Road area and in time we believe this will drive new footfall and spending to the venues and surrounding local businesses.”

The performances in this year’s festival, which all cost £10 or less (some only £3!), will be taking place in the Brunswick, the intimate Dukebox Theatre and the cool and quirky Artista Studio. The shows, many of which are being performed for the first time, will showcase the talent of some of Brighton & Hove’s freshest and most fertile creative seeds.

Comedy includes Funny Women Awards Finalist Jane Postlethwaite’s special edition of her character comedy Made In Cumbria’, Banana Skits standup comedy evenings and Ant McEwan’s The Man Who Looks Like Goat, a self-deprecating account of his mad-capped life so far.

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If theatre is more up your artistic street, don’t miss the multisensory, multi-media theatrical extravaganza Insomnia (featured photo), the Semi Narrative Musical Theatrical performance Television Terrorists (below) or Cast Iron Theatre’s seventh showcase of brand new plays from local writers.

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As well as many exciting improv and spoken word events there will also be a variety of workshops with a tailored section for educational family-friendly shows.

Tonight sees the festival’s launch party at The DukeBox in celebration of its first year.

If you fancy taking part in (Brighton &) Hove Grown’s future festivals – they have committed to presenting this festival for the next three years – Evolution Arts‘ writing, drama and improv courses and workshops can help bring your creative ideas to fruition.

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Salvage Cafe – art, coffee and comedy on tap!

Brighton’s creative folk love an independent café where they can relax and wile away the hours deep in artistic thought or conversation, one hand on their laptop, the other on their Mochaccino. Café Salvage on Western Road is a Mecca for such sorts, attracting a mixture of writers, designers, artists, performers, filmmakers and general café-goers through its doors every day.

Salvage’s owner Tazz, a former fine art student from Nottingham with a passion for good coffee and fine teas, rebranded and opened Salvage Café in April 2015. Tazz says:

“I opened Salvage because It had always been a personal dream of mine to run my own coffee shop and I felt Brunswick town didn’t have a community cafe where locals could come and have delicious affordable food and drink.”

But Salvage isn’t just an independent café with vintage furniture, ambient lighting and a great play-list. Everything in the café including the upcycled tables, huge railway mirror, pharmacy pigeon holes, postbox and traffic light is for sale. Tazz says:

 “I loved the idea of a shop where if you like the chair you are sitting on, you can take it home!”

At the moment that might be the vintage cinema chairs or a 1940’s recliner.

Passionate about art and photography, Tazz recently introduced a programme of arts event at Salvage including a monthly poetry evening, a fortnightly acoustic music event and a bi-monthly comedy night. In fact, Evolution’s own Sarah Charsley and newcomer to the Brighton comedy circuit will be performing her latest standup routine there on Friday 5th February. Sarah says:

“Salvage café is a great place for a cool and kooky comedy night such as Comestible Comedy. For £10 you get a tasty Indian veggie meal and laughter on tap. And if you fancy it, you can even go home with a traffic light.”

If you’re in the mood for a giggle and fancy writing your own comedy or even taking your first step into standup, Evolution Arts is launching its brand new Comedy Writing Taster, a VIP tour through top tips to tickle, led by BBC Comedy Producer & Director Diane Messias. Also guaranteed to put a grin on your face is Mahasukha’s celebrated Soulful Singing, an ode to joyful living if ever there was one.

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