Dave’s Brighton Comedy Festival: Bringing Comedy to a Broader Audience

By Chris Barnes, Nisha Bhakoo, James Dixon and Tom Robinson

The Brighton Comedy Festival is in town again. For the past 12 years, some of the country’s best known comedians have descended upon the seaside city to perform some of their best material to a captive audience. In fact, this year is bringing such names as Ross Noble, Frankie Boyle, Jack Dee and Josie Long to Brighton.

A new sponsorship agreement with TV channel Dave is making sure this year’s festival is the biggest to date. It’s also a popular destination for the comedians themselves. Ross Noble, who is bringing his Mind Blender tour to Brighton for the festival, told Latest 7: “I absolutely love Brighton. I think it’s just such an eclectic mix of people. It’s London by the sea, isn’t it?”

But while all of this is going on there’s a smaller event happening that you may have missed. The Jill Edwards Stand-Up Comedy Workshop, which gives novice aspiring stand-ups the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of a full, eager Komedia audience.

Marina Kobler, co-founder of Komedia and a comedy festival programmer, is particularly enthusiastic about the workshop and the benefits it can bring.

“The standard of entries for the award has been amazing,” she said.

Jill Edwards has spent over eighteen years teaching aspiring stand-up comedians the tricks of the trade. A host of big names including Jimmy Carr, Shappi Khorsandi, and Angela Barnes have sought Jill’s advice on how to make it in the industry.

Jimmy Carr, a former graduate of Edwards’ course, is glowing: “People say comedy can’t be taught. They could learn a lot from Jill Edwards.”

Jill Edwards created the highly successful Brighton stand-up comedy course and Comic Boom comedy club at Komedia, Brighton seven years ago. She takes a teaching approach that focuses on increasing the student’s self-belief and confidence, and assists them in constructing a unique identity.

Commenting on her involvement in the festival, Jill Edwards said: “I’m blushing to be in such illustrious top name comedy company.”

Jill’s advice for her workshop is simple: “have fun having a go at stand-up comedy then show off to friends and family.”

The final of the Squawker Award will be held at Komedia on October 17th, with the winner receiving a cash prize of around £500. The winner will also be given the chance to perform to as many as 2,000 people at the Brighton Dome as part of the Best of the Fest event.

For bookings visit www.brightoncomedyfestival.com or call 01273 709709

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