When I saw the news that Komedia was coming up to its 25th anniversary it got me thinking about the fact that I can't actually remember a time it wasn't there as the venue has become such a key part of Brighton's cultural scene. The landmark birthday got me thinking about some of the great nights out I have had there. Of course you can't talk about Komedia without mentioning comedy - particularly the Krater Comedy Club but of course they have a whole host of comedy nights including Bent Double; Edinburgh Fringe previews; Stand Up & Slam and Laugh Shack.

I've lost count of the number of times I've been to the Krater Comedy Club and it has always been a great night out. Each night you get to see four comedians - the three acts and the compere - so even if you're not too sure about one of them it's highly unlikely that none of them will make you laugh - unless you're very unlucky! As I said I've been several times and usually they are all excellent, there may have been the odd one that was humourous rather than hilarious but there are always plenty of giggles to be had throughout the night. There are a few that stand out in my mind including a few that have gone on to perform on much larger stages such as Shappi Khorsandi, Jack Whitehall and Micky Flanigan. However the act that my boyfriend & I will never forget is the Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue - it was just the two of us and I think we'd almost not gone for some reason but we were very glad we did. When they first came out we weren't quite sure what to expect but by the end of their performance we were giggling so much that we both had tears in our eyes and could barely catch our breath to speak to each other. Their act revolves around song lyrics and puns - it's all extremely silly and just what we love.

Copy of the newspaper listing for Micky Flanigan's appearance at Komedia Brighton in 2003

That said the Komedia isn't just about comedy, they also do music nights and as with the comedians some of the musicians have gone on to become stars but then there are others that haven't and you're not sure why but whatever happens to them it's great to be able to experience live music in such an intimate space. One that stands out in my mind is Ben Taylor who bizzarrely does not seem to have been as successful as his support act that night - Amy Macdonald. Either way we loved both of them and had a lovely night out.

Komedia also hosts a variety of club nights - I remember going to a Halloween Rock Night there with lots of classic 80s rock and metal. Of course staying on the 80s theme I've also been to Spellbound: the 80s night for people who hate 80s nights - I happen to love them but I loved Spellbound too! More recently I went to their Silent Disco, which now I come to think of it also played a lot of 80s music including Toto's Africa and Bon Jovi so it's no wonder I love it here!

It's great to see the venue going from strength to strength with no signs of slowing down! A few years ago they added the two cinema screens and joined the Picturehouse family and next month they will once again be one of the main venues for the Brighton Fringe with a fantastic array of comedy acts. Of course Krater Comedy Club is still going strong and I definitely need to go to one of their Ultimate Power nights (you guessed it - more 80s!)

So thank you Komedia for all the laughs & fun over the years and we look forward to many more.

Happy Birthday! 



Event Venue

Based in the heart of the North Laine, the Komedia has an exciting all-year programme of theatre, comedy, cabaret, kids and music plus great bars and food, Komedia offers a unique mix of dining & live entertainment.



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