MARK THOMAS: Black and White (preview)

Funny That is delighted to be bringing the award-winning comedian, satirist, author, and presenter, MARK THOMAS to Sussex in July!
Join Mark as he previews his new show Black and White at The Forge Comedy Club at Ironworks Studios Brighton and The Hassocks Hotel before Edinburgh Festival and a national tour.

Expect creative fun from one of our oldest surviving alternative comics. Taking down politicians. Mucking about. New ideas and finding HOPE. This award-winning comedian (is there any other type?) asks how did we get here? What are we going to do about it? Who’s up for a sing song? After lockdowns and isolation this show is about the simple act of being in a room together and toppling international capitalism.

“You’ll leave recommitted to the fight against this appalling authoritarian government, to keep that tradition alive.” Guardian 2021

Friday 1st July: The Hassocks Hotel, 8pm (doors 7pm)

Sunday 24th July: The Forge Comedy Club at Ironworks Studios, Brighton, 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)

Jen Brister: Waves – BBC R4 Recording at The Forge, Ironworks Studios

A local favourite and one of the stars of our Forge Comedy Club launch night, we’re so excited to welcome Jen Brister back to Ironworks Studios to record her new solo show for BBC Radio 4.

The past year or so has not been kind to anyone, but for Jen Brister it has been fraught even by lockdown standards. The (non-biological) mother of young, entitled, noisy twin boys – as documented in her successful book The Other Mother – has been trapped in the maelstrom of extreme parenting, her explosive and sharp-tongued wit silenced by the chopping up of vegetables and the whir of the washing machine. 

But Jen has found an unusual refuge from all this strain: sea swimming. In the almost always freezing waters of the English Channel, she has found herself not just physically but also mentally freed from the unusual pressures of the present situation. Despite being instinctively resistant to concepts like ‘mindfulness’ and ‘living in the moment’, this acid-tongued comic has – against her own will, and accidentally – embraced them. ‘Swimming has become my constant. Well, that and drinking. But, anyway, let’s get back to the swimming’. 

Recording for Jen’s Radio 4 solo show debut, one of our most high-octane comedians vents a year’s worth of stand-up spleen upon an audience in her home town of Brighton – and then shakes off those frustrations by taking us (figuratively) deep-sea swimming. A comic voyage of self-discovery, but also a surprisingly profound examination of the relationship between body and mind. 

Monday 23rd May – doors open at 7:30pm


Ironworks Studios, 30 Cheapside, Brighton, BN1 4GD

Ages 14+. The show will take approximately 1 hour to record.

Please visit Lost In TV for ticket information

Firing up the Funny: Brighton comedian, Stephen Grant has relocated to plush new hub – Ironworks Studios

The Forge Comedy Club is the brand new venture from Brighton’s undisputed king of comedy, Stephen Grant. Having founded and run the most successful comedy club in the south for the last 23 years, and helped launch the careers of many of the best known comedians in the country, it was time for the next evolutionary step. 

Ironworks Studios Brighton, featuring two performance spaces and superb, state of the art facilities, allows comedians to not only perform but record their shows, produce radio shows, talks, live podcasts, and high-resolution streaming. 

Our sell-out opening night in January starred Romesh Ranganathan. Now running weekly on Saturdays, we’ve already hosted the likes of Russell Kane, Marcus Brigstocke, Zoe Lyons, and Maisie Adam. Acts such as Sara Pascoe, Seann Walsh, Russell Howard, Joanne McNally, and Stephen K Amos are all coming to the Forge this year. 

In keeping with the ethos of Ironworks Studios, every ticket sold includes a ring-fenced charity contribution supporting local community groups and projects. 

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Funny That Launches Haywards Heat Comedy Club

February 27th saw the sell-out launch of the brand new Haywards Heat comedy club – situated in the Heart of Haywards Heath, our brilliant lineup of Laura Lexx, Seann Walsh and Marcus Brigstocke with MC Dave Fensome blew the roof off the beautiful brand new Hub Theatre in the heart of Haywards Heath College.

Our next show is on April 23rd and features Paul Sinha from The Chase alongside British Comedian of the Year runner up Ninia Benjamin and Micky Flanagan support act Michael Fabbri.


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