Some of the biggest and best comedians in the UK came together to raise money for charity Help Refugees with their Stand Up For Refugees show, which had already visited seven other cities before landing at the Brighton Dome.

They brought laughter, politics and silliness to the stage, making the audience laugh hysterically throughout. The atmosphere was electric for the entire three-hour set, which was impressive following the hottest day of the year.

The comedians discussed Brighton, parenting, age, politics and the reason the night was happening; the refugee crisis. In particular, the wonderful Shappi Khorsandi discussed the fact that it is the 40th anniversary of her arrival in the UK as a refugee. Compere Jen Brister was a perfect host, her refreshing comedy timing and skill was reminiscent of the great Jennifer Saunders. She kept the energy high while discussing the cause, her age, and parenting.

Special guest Dara O’Brian stood out as the highlight of the evening, gaining the most consistent and raucous reaction from the audience. The likeable comedian was unfaltering in his delivery, although at times rambling a little incoherently as he so often does. The Mock the Week host explored his presenting opportunities, offering anecdotes that remained hilarious from beginning to end.

Other standout acts were Zoe Lyons and Kerry Godliman, who, as always, were blunt and relatable, discussing their individual take on things we all go through. They are inclusive comedians, unafraid to push the boundaries a little both physically and verbally. Mark Steel closed the show, covering his experiences in Brighton and politics. Initially, he was meant to have an 8-minute set but continued for much longer. Due to this, it was clear it was a little improvised and he did drag it out a little too long, but he was a fitting end to a successful night.

Other comedians included Stephen Grant, Bec Hill, Tiernan Douieb (who organised the event) and Tom Allen. While not as stand out as the bigger acts, they all had great sets.

Overall, it was a fantastic night for a fantastic cause, made more significant with the fact that this week is Refugee Week. The comedians applauded the audience for their commitment and energy. Most performers wore charity t-shirts, a constant reminder of the significance of the event.

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Becky Snowden