St Vincent, Winter Garden, Eastbourne, Thursday, October 23

The Argus:

10:56am Friday 24th October 2014

Annie Clark is at her peak. Four albums and a collaboration with Talking Heads’ David Byrne and she’s delivered her finest work.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Thursday, October 23

12:05pm Friday 24th October 2014

It is always nice to be flattered and Rich Hall knows how to get an English audience to warm to him by favouring us limeys above our American cousins.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Susan Calman - Lady Like, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Thursday, October 23

10:54am Friday 24th October 2014

“If you are heterosexual , let me warn you, you are seriously in the minority tonight,” warned comic Susan Calman at the start of her Lady Like show.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Robert Newman’s New Theory Of Evolution, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Thursday, October 23

10:51am Friday 24th October 2014

Neo-Darwinism isn’t just a dry and dusty scientific movement – it is something which informs today’s society, and the freemarket economics which hold sway.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Best Of The Fest, Dome Concert Hall, Brighton, Thursday, October 23

10:46am Friday 24th October 2014

Billed as the ‘cream of the crop’ Brighton Comedy Festival’s second Best Of The Fest night did not disappoint.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Robin Ince - In And Out Of His Mind, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Thursday, October 23

10:44am Friday 24th October 2014

Robin Ince's comedy has similar properties to a superfluid helium fountain – it never stops flowing, creeping up the sides of the constraints put on it to find a way out.

The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour, Brighton Centre, King’s Road, Thursday, October 23

10:43am Friday 24th October 2014

The Big Boy Band Reunion Tour brought together 28 performers from our new decade of nostalgia – the 1990s.

Brighton Comedy Fringe: Werewolf Erotica, She Wrote, Otherplace at Bar Broadway, Steine Street, Brighton, Wednesday, October 22

10:21am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Mathilda Gregory’s story is as unlikely as any she’s dreamed up for the commissioning publishers of her six-book repertoire of erotica.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Ivo Graham – Bow Ties And Johnnies, Komedia Studio, Gardner Street, Wednesday, October 22

10:19am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Following the boneheaded Bullingdon Club behaviour of Cameron, Osborne and Johnson, there are two ways for a comedian to deal with having attended Eton and Oxford; to ignore it and adopt a mockney accent or milk it for all its worth.

Georgie Fame, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham, Wednesday, October 22

10:18am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Booker T's Green Onions kicked things off nicely with that delicious Hammond organ sound so immediately identifiable with Georgie Fame.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Hardeep Singh Kohli – Hardeep Is Your Love, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Wednesday, October 22

10:16am Thursday 23rd October 2014

It’s a rare couple who admit to being in love on a live comedy show, especially one given by Hardeep Singh Kohli on a roll.

The Antlers, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Wednesday, October 22

10:15am Thursday 23rd October 2014

New York’s most iconic music tends to swing between the scuzzy reality of its mean streets, and the transcendental escapism of club culture.

Agnes Obel, All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove, Tuesday, October 21

The Argus:

10:40am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

It’s easy to see why Agnes Obel used to suffer stage fright.

The Shee, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham, Tuesday, October 21

10:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

They started with something traditional, Tom Banes Blues, and the audience were immediately under the bewitching spell of The Shee.

Oliver! Connaught Theatre, Union Place, Worthing, until Saturday, October 25, call 01903 206206

10:28am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Worthing Musical Comedy Society (WMCS) brings Lionel’s Bart’s adaptation of Charles Dicken’s masterpiece to life with gusto.

The Sadies and Legendary Shack Shakers, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Tuesday, October 21

10:26am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Strutting like a decapitated chicken overdosed on geek love; Colonel JD stormed the stage fronting Legendary Shack Shakers as they opened up for what promised to be an incredible double-header of Americano-psycho-country-hillbilly-blues.

The Hypochondriac, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, until Saturday, October 25, call 08448 717650

9:43am Tuesday 21st October 2014

“You like two things – being ill, and letting everyone know you’re ill.”

Nick Mulvey, Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton, Monday, Oct 20

9:42am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Nick Mulvey has a rapidly growing fan base following the recent radio air time of Meet Me There and Fever To The Form.

The Turn of the Screw, Glyndebourne, Firle, near Lewes, until Friday, October 24, call 01273 815000

11:05am Monday 20th October 2014

Since Jonathan Kent’s 2006 production we have all had reason to talk aloud about the haunting power of abusers.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Marcus Brigstocke – Je M’Accuse – I Am Marcus, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Sunday, October 19

11:04am Monday 20th October 2014

Safe territory, Marcus Brigstocke insisted in the opening exchanges of this show, was assured.

Eagulls, Green Door Store, Trafalgar Street Arches, Brighton, Friday, October 17

11:03am Monday 20th October 2014

“UK Tours are easy,” frontman George Mitchell emotionlessly slurred, as he made his way to the stage to continue Eagulls’ hectic tour on Friday night.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Simon Amstell – To Be Free, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Friday, October 17

11:02am Monday 20th October 2014

The last ten years have seen Simon Amstell rise from being a churlishly direct presenter on the now defunct Popworld to one of the country’s most beloved comedians, and the Brighton Dome was packed for his performance.

Brighton Comedy Fringe: Rosie Wilby – Nineties Woman, Otherplace at Bar Broadway, Steine Street, Brighton, Sunday, October 19

11:00am Monday 20th October 2014

Avoiding the rest of the family at Christmas led Rosie Wilby to her Dad’s attic in Ormskirk, and a gift of a trove of dusty artefacts he’d never thrown away.

The Beat, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Saturday, October 18

10:59am Monday 20th October 2014

Nearly 40 years after The Beat first came honking out of Birmingham, the 2-Tone institution’s line-up can count an impressive list of musicians among its former personnel.

Kishi Bashi, Beaty Heart and Tall Tall Trees, The Hope, Queen’s Road, Brighton, Saturday, October 18

10:57am Monday 20th October 2014

When Of Montreal violinist Kaoru Ishibashi supported his now former band in town in 2012, he treated a presumably largely unsuspecting crowd to a dazzlingly upbeat set that threatened to outshine the headliners.

Brighton Comedy Festival: James Acaster – Recognise, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Saturday, October 18

10:56am Monday 20th October 2014

With James Acaster's stand-up you know you are never going to be subjected to an hour of bog standard, Dave-friendly observational humour.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Best Of The Fest, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church Street, Saturday, October 18

10:55am Monday 20th October 2014

The Best Of The Fest nights are hugely popular at the Brighton Comedy Festival, promising to showcase the ‘best comedic talent from the festival and beyond.’

Brighton Comedy Festival: The Paul Zerdin Show, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Saturday, October 18

10:53am Monday 20th October 2014

The audience were in stitches as Paul Zerdin performed his mix of stand-up and ventriloquism with the energy and fast-paced banter of a real life double act.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Knightmare Live! – Level Two, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Saturday, October 18

10:52am Monday 20th October 2014

Among those who were children between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, Knightmare has a cult following.

Morcheeba, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Friday, October 17

10:50am Monday 20th October 2014

Morcheeba lead singer/pop idol/ businesswoman Skye Edwards describes her music as ‘down-tempo ambient chill out vibes’ on Twitter and this is certainly what we got at Concorde 2 despite a long insistence for many to call the band a trip-hop outfit.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Tony Law - Enter The Tonezone, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Friday, October 17

10:49am Monday 20th October 2014

Madcap, zany and wacky are all words seen in recent reviews of Canadian Tony Law’s shows.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Marcel Lucont – Is, Brighton Dome Theatre Studio, New Road, Friday, October 17

10:45am Monday 20th October 2014

Marcel Lucont’s act comes from, and celebrates, France - albeit indirectly (as in, he isn’t really from there).

Brighton Comedy Festival: Glenn Wool – Wool’s Gold, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Friday, October 17

10:43am Monday 20th October 2014

Glenn Wool can be funny, sometimes.

The Sunshine Underground, Green Door Store, Trafalgar Street Arches, Brighton, Thursday, October 16

10:41am Friday 17th October 2014

Here’s the question – you’re a band that has never broken the mainstream, but no longer are you riding the wave of critical acclaim or commercial hype. Stripped of a record label and financial backing, what do you do?

Brighton Comedy Festival: Holly Walsh – Never Had It, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Thursday, October 16

10:39am Friday 17th October 2014

With the plethora of panel shows clogging the nation’s airwaves and identikit young stand-ups seemingly everywhere, endlessly commenting on mobile phones and social networking, observational comedy has earned itself something of a bad name.

Brighton Comedy Festival: David O’Doherty Has Checked Everything, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Thursday, October 16

10:36am Friday 17th October 2014

At last year's Brighton Comedy Festival he tried to Fix Everything. This year he Checked Everything but his conclusion was the same - life is hard and it's no better on the other side of the rainbow.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Doc Brown – The Weird Way Round, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Thursday, October 16

10:33am Friday 17th October 2014

Doc Brown is a down-to-earth comedian with ironic nods to grandeur.

Buzzcocks, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Thursday, October 16

10:25am Friday 17th October 2014

With co-frontmen Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle edging towards their sixties, Buzzcocks show no signs of burnout.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Alex Horne Monsieur Butterfly, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, New Road, Thursday, October 16

10:21am Friday 17th October 2014

There is no better way to see chaos theory expressed than by two step-ladders, half the contents of Wickes, a wind-up squirrel and a potato (of which more later).

Far From the Madding Crowd, Barn Theatre, Southwick, until Saturday, October 18

10:03am Thursday 16th October 2014

Southwick Players’ Far From The Madding Crowd takes on Hardy’s classic fiction and a famous film version but wins hands down on both counts.

Jim Davidson, Congress Theatre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, Wednesday, October 15

10:01am Thursday 16th October 2014

Jim Davidson underlined he is one of Britain’s great stand-up comedians on Wednesday.

Arthur Smith sings Leonard Cohen Volume 2, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, Wednesday, October 15

9:59am Thursday 16th October 2014

Any lesser comedian would lazily play the title of this show and superficially squeeze as many laughs from its obvious irony.

The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, until Wednesday, October 15, call 01273 201801

11:17am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A crazy cross between the cult TV show a League of Gentlemen and a spooky Tim Burton film is possibly the best way to describe The Boy Who Kicked Pigs.

Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester, until Saturday, November 8, 01243 781312

The Argus:

10:02am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Gypsy has to be the best showbiz musical of all time and this production proves it. The news that Imelda Staunton was to be reunited with Jonathan Kent, who directed her in Sweeney Todd, created quite a buzz and raised very high expectations.

Taking Steps, Emporium, London Road, Brighton, until Sunday, October 19, visit emporiumbrighton.com

9:59am Wednesday 15th October 2014

Surrey theatre company Theatre Revives! are presenting a first class production of Alan Ayckbourn's Taking Steps at the Emporium Theatre.

The Wave Pictures, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Middle Street, Brighton, Tuesday, October 14

9:55am Wednesday 15th October 2014

The Wave Pictures’s umpteenth visit to Brighton – their favoured air hockey location – was ostensibly to perform Daniel Johnston’s classic 1990 album Artistic Vice in its entirety.

ANTEMASQUE and Le Butcherettes, Concorde 2, Brighton, Monday, October 13

The Argus:

9:45am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s latest incarnation saw the pair, better known as the brains behind prog favourites The Mars Volta and post-hardcore protagonists At The Drive-In, return to their simpler rock roots with gusto.

Brighton Comedy Festival: Mark Dolan Changes The World, Komedia Studio Bar, Gardner Street, Brighton, Monday, October 13

9:46am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Mark Dolan, of Balls of Steel and World’s Greatest Prankster fame, toned the slapstick down for a more intimate, observational gig.

Peter James’ The Perfect Murder, Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne, until Saturday, October 18, call 01323 412000

9:42am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Brighton’s internationally famous author Peter James shows why he’s the No.1 best-selling crime writer with The Perfect Murder, which is full of tension, twists and terrifically funny one-liners.

John Lydon, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill, Sunday, October 12

The Argus:

10:25am Monday 13th October 2014

A capacity audience turned out for an angry man in Bexhill who has no love for hot sweaty nuns and priests, politicians, or some of the former members of the Sex Pistols.



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