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

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.

Funny That Summer Comedy Festival

😎 Brighton’s first, best and ONLY homegrown outdoor comedy festival returns to the beautiful Brighton Open Air Theatre in Dyke Road Park to host the best in stand up comedy this Summer.

Tuesday 13th – Sunday 18th June 2023

We’re bringing you some of the biggest stars in the UK with appearances from Al Murray, Zoe Lyons, Marcus Brigstocke, Suzi Ruffell, Mark Steel, Paul Sinha, Simon Evans, Elliot Steel, Ignacio Lopez, Dinesh Nathan and out very own award-winning MC Stephen Grant!

Alongside solo shows from Mark Watson and multi award-winning hip hop, improvised freestyle rap comedian MC Hammersmith

PLUS family events with kid friendly shows from the hilarious author, illustrator and super stupid Olaf Falafel, and the best stand up without any rude bits from Comedy Club 4 Kids

🥂 Brighton Open Air Theatre now has brand new onsite facilities and full bar, or you’re welcome to BYO and bring a picnic.

Tickets available here:

Simon Evans: The Work of the Devil

Funny That Comedy are excited to bring Simon Evans: The Work of the Devil to The Hub Theatre, Haywards Heath College, Wednesday 12 April, 8:00pm!

Simon Evans’ last show, Genius 2.0 ( “A Masterclass” ***** The Scotsman) provided an hilarious analysis of the departure of any visible sign of intelligence from modern life. But his new show raises the stakes, with his usual excoriating views of a world on fire given a perspective shift from personal revelations that turned his world upside down this year. 

A gripping and, ultimately heart-warming tale… rich with Evans’ wit and caustic observation.” ★★★★ The Scotsman

When he gets stuck into his show in earnest he guides us to a terrifically tender conclusion that he handles intelligently, informatively, amusingly and unsentimentally… Dynamite” ★★★★ The Times

You expect a high standard of stand-up from this veteran performer. But in sharing something so deeply personal, he’s exceeded what seemed to be his full potential… I’d expect it to get even better when it goes out on tour. Outstanding stuff.” ★★★★ ½ Chortle

Simon Evans is the star of Live at the ApolloMock The Week, BBC Radio 4’s The News QuizThe Unbelievable Truth & Simon Evans Goes To Market. Simon has made appearances on This WeekQuestion TimeCelebrity Mastermind, Pointless Celebrities and Mastermind The Professionals

Tickets available here:

WiFi Wars Coming to The Forge Comedy Club Brighton

WiFi Wars are delighted to bring their show to the Forge Comedy Club at Ironworks Studios, Brighton on Sunday 23rd April 2023.

Developed in residence at the prestigious Royal Institution in London, Wi-Fi Wars is the live comedy game show where the audience all play along! 

They log in with their smartphone or tablet (no need to install an app beforehand, it’s all done in-browser) and compete in a range of games, puzzles and quizzes to win the show, and prizes!

The show is hosted by comedian Steve McNeil (team captain on UK TV’s hit comedy/gaming show “Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit”) and the whole thing is made possible by the award-winning (and Guinness World-Record-Breaking) tech whizz, Rob Sedgebeer!

There will be two family-friendly shows at 1:30pm and 3:45pm, with entirely different games/quizzes at each, should people fancy coming to both! 

Recommended for age 6 and up.


For more info check out

BBC WiFi Wars show at the Royal Institution

The Forge Comedy Club wins the BEST PRO COMEDY NIGHT (South) 2023

Stephen Grant on stage at The Forge

The Forge Comedy Club wins top prize in Industry Awards!

A Brighton comedy club has won the prestigious Best Pro Comedy Club Award for the South of England at the comedy industry’s version of the Oscars, the Chortle Awards. What makes it even more amazing is that The Forge Comedy Club has only just celebrated it’s first birthday!

The brainchild of local comedy legend, Stephen Grant, and his promotion company, Funny That, Forge Comedy Club is based at Ironworks Studios, near Brighton train station. Using the superb, state of the art performance space they have created a comedy club that is truly next generation.

The acts certainly agree, and Forge regularly attracts top names, such as Romesh Ranganathan, John Bishop, Tom Davis, Sara Pascoe, Russell Kane, Zoe Lyons and Joel Dommett.

John Bishop at Funny That’s Forge Comedy Club

The venue has also made a splash with customers, surging to be the most highly rated comedy club in Brighton on Trip Advisor, and with a host of gushing reviews across social media.

In fact, at the moment, getting a ticket can be the biggest challenge with every show since September being a complete sell out, as people rush to check out the hottest comedy show in town. Two new material nights, featuring Russell Howard, went on sale last week and both sold out in a matter of minutes.

“We hate it when people are disappointed, but I guess it’s a good problem to have” said a representative for the company “We recommend everyone join our mailing list and follow our socials to be first to hear of special guests popping in and new tour announcements.”

This is the second award that Grant and co have picked up in recent months, with Funny That also being named Best Independent Promoter 2022 at the industry voted Comic’s Comic Awards.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about you can see footage of what goes on at Funny That’s youtube channel, and across their various social media outlets.

Further news on this:



Stephen Grant wins Comedy Promoter of the Year 2022

Stephen Grant of Funny That Ltd

Local Comedian and Promoter Stephen Grant receives prestigious award

Local comedian and comedy promoter Stephen Grant has won the highly prestigious Independent Comedy Promoter of the Year award for 2022 at this year’s Comic’s Comic awards.

The award which is voted for exclusively by the comedy industry is a huge recognition of the achievements which Stephen and his company “Funny That Comedy” have made this year.

Stephen Grant at The Forge Comedy Club, Brighton

Having previously ran the hugely popular multi-award winning Krater Comedy Club at Komedia Brighton for 23 years, he was a key promoter of Covid safe comedy throughout the pandemic when all the main venues reamined shut down, and when Komedia surprisingly changed direction at the end of 2021, Stephen and his team formed a partnership with the Pride organization to start the Forge Comedy Club at Ironworks Studios, bringing the very best names in stand up to Brighton.

In just 12 months names such as Romesh Ranganathan, John Bishop, Russell Kane, Sara Pascoe and Joel Dommett have come to the Forge and other Funny That venues across Sussex, alongside rising stars who Stephen continues to nurture due to his long term commitment to stand up comedy, with touring shows across 2023 from emerging names such as Suzi Ruffell, Charlie Baker, Paul Smith, Dan Nightingale, and Vittorio Angelone.

John Bishop at Funny That’s Forge Comedy Club

Additionally, 2023 sees Stephen bring Funny That Comedy to shows throughout Sussex, with regular gigs in Haywards Heath, Lindfield, Hassocks, Alfriston, and Peacehaven and their new venue in Kingston on the outskirts of Lewes, which launches in March.

Stephen Grant at Funny That Comedy, Hassocks

The award recognises that the team is made up of event professionals entirely drawn from the comedy world, to provide a passion and focus unmatched in the South, and special attention was made to the Summer comedy festival Funny That curates at Brighton Open Air Theatre, which is a regular sell out and a much vaunted highlight of the comedy calender.

Business Manager Dave Fensome from Funny That, a key part of this success, said “Financially times have never been tougher, people need a laugh more than ever. Not everyone wants to add the expense of a trip into a metropolitan centre to their night out. So using our expertise and bringing absolutely cracking line up’s to unexpected places is a real passion”,

When asked about what winning the award means Stephen had the following to say “Absolutely made up to have won this award and honoured to be recognised like this – breathtaking when you consider how good everyone else is out there. No exaggeration to say the only reason I could do this was the people I work with – especially Lucy MacDonald, who is thoroughly deserving of this award also, and critically the incredible support of the industry itself, who have made The Forge something really quite spectacular indeed.”

Further news on this:
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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