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Charity Chuckle: Lucy Porter, Jo Neary, Joe Wells, David James, Helen Arney, Rachel Parris, Ingrid Dahle, Lucy Beaumont, Luisa Omielan
Produced by Brighton based comedians Jim Holland and Kerry Herbert, Charity Chuckle showcases new comedy talent while raising money for local charities.
Charity Chuckle has been running successfully for three years and is the first and best comedy fundraiser in the South. The promoters love live comedy and as regulars on the circuit they pick quality new acts, having introduced Brighton to such comics as Josh Widdicombe, Hannibal Buress and David James. Last year alone they raised over £3,500 for charity.
Charity Chuckle is every second Tuesday of the month at the Latest MusicBar, Brighton.
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Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Diminutive stand-up comedian making a big name for herself. Within seconds of appearing on stage, her flirty, gossipy, effervescent style charms everybody! She has written for many top comedians, including Johnny Vaughan, Gail Porter and Griff Rhys Jones, and starred on many TV stand-up comedy shows.
She is also a quizzing demon having appeared on BBC 1’s Pointless (with partner Ed Byrne), ITV’s The Chase and breaking records on Celebrity Mastermind, where she fought off competition from Mark Watson and Dave Spikey to achieve the highest ever celebrity score.
Lucy also raised on £9000 for The Loss Foundation with her winning turn on Celebrity Storage Hunters. On Radio 4, she has been heard on Life - An Idiot's Guide, Heresy, The Personality Test, The News Quiz, Dilemma and The Unbelievable Truth.
'Fizzing with inventive one-liners... a treat from start to finish' (The Herald)
'Clever, chatty and charming' (Three Weeks)
'Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes of the everyday... genuinely delightful' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Deliciously cutting' (The Independent)
'She is like your witty friend who's always brilliant company down the pub. Many stand-ups would give their non-drinking arms to be able to transfer that kind of sparkling bar-room bonhomie to the stage and Porter does it effortlessly' (The Scotsman).
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Described as part Joyce Grenfell, part Morwenna Banks and two parts insane, Jo has received critical acclaim for her brilliant one woman show Pan's Person, in which she creates a whole host of characters from a 1940's housewife parodying Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter, to Mr Timkins the family cat!
Jo's trademark character observations, astute social commentary and songs have established her as one of the UK's finest character comediennes.
'Superbly funny' (The Guardian)
'Hilarious off-kilter talent' (The Sunday Telegraph).
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'Joe Wells is a skilled jokesmith who threads great gags through intelligent political material that, whilst razor-sharp, is never particularly angry or dark. As the first gross gags open up into smarter, topical ones it's clear that this is a tightly-structured, well thought-out set. Excellent jokes and sly political comment wrapped tightly in a neat parcel which delivers regular, powerful laughs from a delighted audience. He spins new life out of easy targets like bankers and the BNP with some wonderful imagery' (British Comedy Guide)
'Highly original, inspired and suitably different from the rest of the crowd… brilliantly crafted jokes' (Comedy Central).
'A star of the future... some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian in his early 20s' (The Guardian).
'A real venom in his delivery seemed to communicate that the numerous laughs that he manages to obtain are just positive collateral to the message he is trying to portray' (Broadway Baby).
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David James joined the London stand-up circuit in 2008 at age 60 and after two open spots Downstairs at the King’s Head was nominated for 2009's New Act of the Year award at the Hackney Empire where he won 3rd place. He appears mostly in London, with frequent slots Downstairs at the King's Head and at the Funny Side of Covent Garden where he hosts the Bonanza comedy sketch evenings.
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Helen Arney is a musical comedian and geek songstress, playing the finest ukulele based comedy songs. One third of science comedy phenomenon 'Festival of the Spoken Nerd', one half of comedy girl band duo 'The Balconettes', her songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4 and on tour with Robin Ince and professorial Brian Cox.
'Champion of musical whims' (Evening Standard).
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Rachel Parris is an award-winning musical comedian and standup who has appeared in The IT Crowd, Murder In Successville, The Mash Report and Austentatious.
Her songs shave been heard on BBC Radio 4 (The Now Show), BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 6 Music. Her solo shows have found critical acclaim, and have earned her a Chortle Award nomination, a Funny Women Best Show nomination and a win for What’s On London’s Best Musical Comedy Show.
“It’s startling quite how talented Parris is...hilarious” - Shortcom ****
“Very easy to relate to and naturally funny” - Three Weeks ****
"Tears of laughter, endearingly frank and funny" - Guardian
"A gifted performer - her songs really score" - Times
"Brutally funny" - Skinny
"Classy, clever comedy...uproarious" - Scotsman
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Lucy is a hugely talented comedy actress and writer. She was nominated in 2014 for Best Newcomer at the Fosters Comedy Awards for her debut show We Can work
It Out. In 2012 she was the winner of The BBC New Comedy Award and won the Chortle Award For Best Newcomer. Lucy was a finalist in the Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year 2013 and in August 2011 she was also ranked joint third in the Gilded Balloon's nationwide stand-up comedy competition So You Think You're Funny?.
'She has that intangible something that gives her an innately charismatic stage
presence. She's slight and vulnerable, a bit ditzy, and utterly charming... A star is born' (Chortle)
'Perfect for the times' (The Guardian)
'She's got the timing of Les Dawson... an absolute natural' (Johnny Vegas)
'Devastating comic timing' (The Stage)
'The next Victoria Wood in the making' (Arthur Smith)
'The stage Beaumont is a riot!' (The Scotsman).
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Luisa Omielan is a diva in training. She's got the sass, she's got the earrings, now she's ready for the lifestyle!
Her debut one-woman show "What Would Beyonce Do?" earned five star reviews and was named "one of the top UK comedy shows of the last decade" by the Guardian. WWBD started off on the Edinburgh Fringe and went on to to become one of the most successful stand-up shows to come out of Edinburgh with sell-out performances all over the world.
Luisa's follow-up show, ‘Am I Right Ladies?!’ continued her success, with sell-out runs across the country.
'Omielan could find the humour in a brown paper bag' (Vogue)
'Fresh, frank and fearless – a gutsy new star is born' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Watching a raw, natural talent doing something surprising and clever and hugely enjoyable, and knowing that you've just witnessed a star being born' (Skinny)
'Omielan’s energy is infectious... a star in her own right' (Three Weeks)
'An intense, funny and manic hour of soul-baring comedy... You'll have the time of your life and you'll owe it all to her' (Chortle).
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