Funny That celebrates 5th year of Open Air Theatre Comedy Festival with strongest ever lineup

Now in its fifth year, Funny That is proud to announce that its Comedy Festival at Brighton Open Air Theatre has it’s strongest every lineup, including, for the first time ever, two additional dates later in the year for the shows they weren’t able to fit in.

The beautiful Brighton Open Air Theatre, further updated for 2024 with refurbished audience facilities, is often cited as the most stunning open air venue in the South, and this year plays host to TEN incredible shows, featuring some of the greatest UK comedians currently working and some wonderful award winning family comedy. This year, acts include MAISIE ADAM, JOSH PUGH, GARY DELANEY, SARA PASCOE, ROMESH RANGANATHAN, PAUL SINHA, THANYIA MOORE, MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE, JEFF INNOCENT, ZOE LYONS, STEPHEN GRANT, FIN TAYLOR. LARRY DEAN, SUZI RUFFELL, KANE BROWN, SCOTT BENNETT, JEN BRISTER, and family friendly shows with OLAF FALAFEL and the MIGHTY KIDS BEATBOX COMEDY GAME SHOW.

Stephen Grant said: “We’re so stoked with the shows that we’re bringing to BOAT this year. We listened to the feedback from last year; and what you asked for was a wider range of performers, the biggest local names, a more relaxed format to allow you to bring and enjoy your picnics, and some sunshine, and Romesh. And for the first time ever, we can hopefully say that at least one of those two last things is turning up!”

Will Mytum said: “We’re delighted to welcome Funny That to BOAT with their Summer Comedy Festival for the fifth year running. The Comedy Festival has become a beloved staple of our summer seasons, helping facilitate our growth locally and nationally through the prestige that the fabulous comedians who participate bring. Stephen and team are a cherished part of the BOAT family and our audiences absolutely love the comedy, with one performance this year selling out within 72 hours of going on sale – a BOAT record!”

Brighton’s Forge Comedy Club Crowned Best Comedy Venue at the 2024 Chortle Awards

Forge Comedy Club are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the title of “Best Comedy Venue” in the South and East at this year’s comedy industry “Oscars”; The Chortle Awards.

Since opening our doors in 2022 the Forge has constantly punched above its weight, in the tightly packed field of comedy clubs in Brighton, hosting regular weekend comedy shows with stellar line ups, plus solo shows from such top level acts as Romesh Ranganathan, Rob Beckett, Sara Pascoe, Alan Carr, Suzi Ruffell and Russell Howard. This award, voted for by members of the industry and the general public saw us fight off fierce competition from other clubs and has further cemented the Forge’s reputation in its short life as one of the top destinations in the UK comedy industry.

Founder Stephen Grant stated:

“I’m absolutely stoked to be honoured by fellow professional comics and comedy fans. Chortle has had the most established and respected marker of comedy club performance for the last two decades and we couldn’t have asked for more. I can only thank the team; Lucy, Dave, James, Lindsey, Matt, Johnny, and many others who have all worked incredibly hard to make the club what it is. I must also thank Paul, Paul, Chris, Sarah and the rest of the Ironworks team who have supported us since the beginning. Most of all, thanks go the fantastic acts that have come and played our two stages, creating some genuinely unforgettable shows. But we’d be nothing without the incredible audiences who have taken us to heart, and not only come back time after time, but spread the word to make the club the success it is today”

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First published March 2024

Multi Award Winning Stand Up Comedian, and Blackbooks star is coming to the Forge!

Multi award winning stand-up comedian, actor, host and writer Omid Djalili brings his new Work in Progress to the Forge Comedy Club this February! An evening of experimentation from a legend on the UK and International comedy circuits.

Intelligent, always provocative, and entertaining, Omid’s legendary stand-up performances are captivating comedy masterclasses.

His infamous show: ‘Omid Djalili Live’ spanned across 53 dates including a sellout date at London’s iconic Hammersmith Apollo. He has released three stand-up DVD specials including: Tour of Duty (2012), Live in London (2009), and No Agenda (2007) as well as a stand up special on HBO!

Omid can be seen hosting his own ITV quiz show: The Winning Combination. He appeared in the smash hit Mama Mia 2: Here We Go Again, His Dark Materials for BBC1 & HBO, Letter For The King on Netflix, The Mummy with Brendan Fraser as well as his iconic role on Channel 4’s Black Books alongside Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey.

AS SEEN ON: Top Gear, Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, Comedy Central, Dave, Comic Relief, Celebrity Mastermind, Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

AWARDS: One World Media Award, Spirit of the Fringe awards, Time Out: Award, EMMA Award, and LWT Comedy Award for Best Stand-up Comedian
NOMINEE: Royal Television Society Award
NOMINEE: Edinburgh Fringe Perrier Award for Best Show.

‘So hysterically funny and at the same time so poignant and powerful that calling it stand-up barely does it justice.’ (Michael Levin, Huffington Post)

‘A thin, high cheek-boned, flamboyant luvvie.’ (The Guardian)

Forge’s Fire February Comedy Lineup just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Make sure you sign up to our mailing list, to get first dibs on tickets before general onsale.

Viral Sensation and Stand Up Sketch Show Star Jack Skipper joins Forge February Lineup!

Viral Internet sensation and recognisable South London legend Jack Skipper adds to Forge’s Fire February Lineup!

Star of the latest series of Stand Up Sketch Show on ITV2 and hailing from South London, Jack has recently gone from a carpet fitter with no qualifications to blowing up, becoming an internet sensation and full-time comedian. With over 14 million likes on TikTok and fast becoming huge name on the UK comedy circuit, catch him working up new material before he heads out on his debut tour!

AS SEEN ON: Stand Up Sketch Show on ITV
RUNNER UP: So You Think You’re Funny 2022
FINALIST: Komedia New Act Competition

Stand up Star Rob Beckett added to Forge February Lineup!

Catch Rob Beckett (and at least one friend!) as they try out new material for one night only in Brighton at the Forge this February!

Rob Beckett burst onto the comedy circuit 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back since.

Host of Sky’s Rob Beckett’s Smart TV and Rob & Romesh Vs. He’s also the unmistakable voice of Channel 4’s Celebs Go Dating and the smash-hit podcast Parenting Hell.

In 2019 Rob co-hosted The Royal Variety Performance with Romesh Ranganathan, the first time two comedians had hosted the event together in over 30 years! The pair also hosted The BAFTA TV Awards 2023. He can also be heard every Sunday at 5pm hosting his own BBC Radio 2 show.

AS SEEN ON: Live at the Apollo (BBC1), Mock The Week (BBC2), Taskmaster(Dave) Hypothetical (Dave), Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4) The Graham Norton Show (BBC1) Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (BBC) QI (BBC) The Jonathan Ross Show (ITV) Would I Lie To You? (Channel 4) John Bishop’s Only Joking (Sky1), I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (ITV2), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4) Fresh Meat (Channel 4) Celebrity Juice (ITV2) A League of Their Own (Sky 1)

Multi award winning Viral Sensation Troy Hawke returns to Forge for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Everyone’s favourite 1930’s throwback greetings and compliments aficionado Troy Hawke returns to the Forge for a SOLD OUT show ahead of his 2024 nationwide tour.

Star of the viral Greeters Guild videos (with over a million plus followers on every platform) Troy Hawke is back sleuthing and on the case for ONE NIGHT ONLY at the Forge in Brighton.

A journey which started with a non-consensual customer service shift outside TK MAXX in Macclesfield has lead him around the world and directly into the orbit of the world’s biggest sporting figures. He’s confused Premiership footballers, been threatened by heavyweight boxers and improved the vocabulary of Formula 1 legends.

Examining his unlikely genesis and exploring exactly why a well dressed man simply being nice to people has caused such a kerfuffle.

AS SEEN ON: Live at the Apollo (BBC) This Morning (ITV) The Russell Howard Hour (Sky One)

★★★★★ Entertainment Now (2022)
★★★★★ Deadline News (2022)
★★★★★ Voice Magazine (2022)
★★★★★ The Reviews Hub (2022)

WINNER: Fringe Encore Series 2022 (New York) BEST SHOW
WINNER: Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 BEST SHOW
TOTAL SELL OUT RUN: Edinburgh Festival 2022
TOP 40 BEST: Reviewed shows Edinburgh Festival 2022
NOMINEE: Amused Moose Award for Best Show (TWICE!)
GQ’S TOP 10: Comedy Shows at the Edinburgh Festival

Triple BAFTA winning stand-up sensation: Mo Gilligan at the Forge!

Netflix star and triple BAFTA winner Mo Gilligan perfected his new material ahead of his 2024 World Tour with two SELLOUT work in progress shows at the Forge.

One of the UK’s biggest comedy stars and named ‘The Funniest Man in Britain’ by The Times, Mo’s debut stand up tour was a total sell out, which included a huge two week residency in London’s West End. The show was recorded as his debut Netflix Original : Momentum which enjoyed global release in 190 countries.

In 2021, he went back on tour with ‘There’s Mo to Life‘ which achieved another total sell out run, including a remarkable 10 dates at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo and a history making O2 Arena show. In 2022 he released his second highly anticipated Netflix special of the smash hit live show to great critical acclaim.

His 2024 In the Moment World Tour is already seeing mass sellouts and added dates across: The United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Finland, Netherlands, France, Belgium and the UK.

AS SEEN ON: That’s My Jam (BBC One) Mo Gilligan: The Black British Takeover O2 Arena (C4) The Masked Singer (ITV) The Big Breakfast (C4) Celebrity Gogglebox (C4) The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan (C4) There’s Mo to Life (Netflix) The Big Narstie Show (C4) Mo Gilligan: Black British & Funny (C4)

WINNER: BAFTA 2022 | Best Comedy Entertainment Programme (The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan)
WINNER: RTS Awards 2022 | Best Comedy Entertainment Programme (The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan)
WINNER: RTS Awards 2022 | Best Entertainment Performance (The Big Breakfast)
WINNER: RTS Awards 2022 | Best Entertainment Show (The Big Breakfast)
NOMINEE: National Television Awards 2022 | TV Presenter of the Year
WINNER: BAFTA 2021 | Best Comedy Entertainment Programme (The Big Narstie Show)
WINNER: RTS Awards 2021 | Best Entertainment Performance (The Big Narstie Show)
WINNER: BAFTA 2020 | Best Entertainment Show Performance (The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan)
NOMINEE: National Television Awards 2020 | The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
WINNER: RTS Awards 2019 | Best Entertainment Performance (The Big Narstie Show)
NOMINEE: RTS Awards 2019 | Best Breakthrough
NOMINEE: Edinburgh TV Awards 2019 | Best Newcomer

Lloyd Griffith coming to The Forge – Sunday 03 March 2024

“Disarmingly good” Dominic Maxwell, The Times 

“Inherently funny…very neat lines in his comic repertoire” Steve Bennett, Chortle

“a real breath of fresh air…a laugh-a-minute from the start”★★★★★ Reviews Hub

Comedian Lloyd Griffith is set to embark on his brand-new UK tour with stand-up show Baroque and Roll’, from 1st March to 18th May 2024, spanning across 31 dates and including some of UK’s most iconic venues, such as London’s Leicester Square Theatre.

It’s a big year for Lloyd, he’s turning 40 and with it, the impending midlife crisis – or ‘renaissance’ as he’s insisting it’s called; complete with body hair removal, head hair additions, teeth whitening and obviously the obligatory half marathon sign up. It’ll be funny and yes, there’ll be the odd song or two from that magnificent voice of his.

Currently supporting Jack Whitehall on his 2023 UK arena tour, Lloyd Griffith is a working class comedian, presenter, actor and a choirboy from Grimsby. A regular on TV, he has appeared on shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Pointless Celebrities (BBC One), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Rob Beckett’s Undeniable (Comedy Central), Live at The Comedy Store (Comedy Central),and Richard Osman’s House of Games (BBC), to name a few. His stand-up special One Tonne of Fun is currently on ITVX. 

As an actor his credits include roles in Emmy Award winning series Ted Lasso (Apple), for which he was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award Honours for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Earlier this year he appeared in Russell T Davies’ ITV series Nolly in which he plays much loved ‘Benny’ aka ‘Paul Henry’ from Crossroads, opposite Helena Bonham Carter. He has also appeared in Bad Education (BBC Three), Everyone Else Burns (C4), It’s a Sin (C4), Not Going Out (BBC One) and Mark Wahlberg’s feature film Infinite. 

Lloyd also co-hosted Soccer AM (Sky One) every Saturday morning for 2 years alongside John Fendley and Jimmy Bullard, and co-hosted comedy action game show Flinch (Netflix) alongside Desiree Burch and Seann Walsh. He also fronted his own critically acclaimed BBC documentary Can You Beat The Bookiesreceiving 4 stars from The Guardian, where he embarked on an experiment to find if he could uncover the secrets of gambling success and the truth about the industry.

On the live comedy circuit, he has previously supported Jack Whitehall’s 2017 and 2019/2020 tours playing huge UK venues including Liverpool Echo, Newcastle Metro, Manchester, Leeds, London O2 and Wembley Arenas. Lloyd has taken four of his own solo tours nationwide, with most being extended due to phenomenal demand.

Still a very active singer Lloyd can be heard performing with the choirs of Westminster AbbeySt George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and various other nationwide groups. 


“He is a funny, charming, self-effacing comic who very obviously gains great joy from making people laugh.” 

“an hour of uplifting stand-up that’ll have you smiling for days. A warm, relatable and hilarious show” Sunday Post

“There’s no doubt about it; Lloyd Griffith is the king of the unexpected. His sense of fun is infectious, his singing voice faultless and his anecdotes are told with boundless confidence. Griffith has clearly established his own style of comedy” ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

“Supersub Lloyd Griffith delivered some punchy gags about growing up in Grimsby. He also revealed a jaw-dropping singing voice. Expect to hear more from Griffith” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

“Griffith in particular was absolutely outstanding” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Lloyd Griffith has to be my favourite find from this show. It’s not often you get a comic and a choirboy rolled into one, and he’s seriously talented in both areas” Leicester Mercury 

“useful idiot” The Guardian

Chatty Man: Alan Carr is coming to The Forge!

Everyone’s favourite chatty man, Alan Carr, is coming to the Forge Comedy Club for ONE NIGHT ONLY ahead of filming his latest tour show Regional Trinket at London’s prestigious Hackney Empire.

Alan’s unique style of humour and effortless stage presence has made him one of Britain’s most successful and treasured comedians. With sixteen series of Channel 4’s Chatty Man under his belt, Alan has won a multitude of awards including two NTA’s, two RTS Awards and a prestigious BAFTA in 2013.

Alan’s 2015 tour Yap, Yap, Yap saw him perform over 150 dates across the UK and Ireland culminating in the release of his DVD.  His previous tour Spexy Beast Live was a 33-date arena tour.  

The DVD of Alan’s 2007 stand-up show, Tooth Fairy Live topped the HMV charts and was a Christmas 2007 top seller. Alan can be seen this Autumn touring the nation with his new show Not Again, Alan. He has also released two best-selling books Look Who It Is and Alanatomy. 2020 will see Alan go back on the road with his new show Not Again, Alan.

A superstar host across our TV channels with 16 series of Channel 4’s Chatty Man (winning him a BAFTA!), BBC’s Interior Design MastersRu Paul’s Drag Race UK and ITV’s Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow. Alan also recently hosted The Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as Stand Up to Cancer (Channel 4) and his hit podcast:  ‘Life’s A Beach’.

Seann Walsh is back in Brighton!

The ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here‘ and Live At The Apollo legend (recently nominated for Edinburgh awards ‘Best Show’) returns to Brighton’s most beautiful venue 😍 @brightonopenairtheatre

To many inside and outside the industry, he’s Britain’s best standup comedian.

With an army fans from his ‘What’s Upset You Now?‘ and ‘Oh my Dog‘ podcasts, this is a guaranteed sellout.

Seann Walsh, Elliot Steel and Stephen Grant featuring at the Summer Comedy Festival - Brighton Open Air Theatre this June!!!

Appearing alongside Elliot Steel (Radio 4’s Unite sitcom, Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and BTEC Philosophers podcast) and local legend Stephen Grant hosting the show.

😎 grab your baps, your beers and your besties cos you do not wanna miss out on this one!

🥂 Brighton Open Air Theatre is a relaxed and fully accessible venue.There are toilet facilities on site and a full bar (with ice creams!), or pack your own picnics and drinks to enjoy a magical Summer’s evening with us.