book now: brighton comedy garden

Laughter is the kind of natural high we like here at BOTI HQ. The side-splitting-I can’t actually breathe-my abs are going to hurt tomorrow kind of stuff. If you’re partial to a chuckle or two (who isn’t?) then roll up, roll up, because the Brighton Comedy Garden is coming to the city next month and you’re guaranteed to get face ache.

Yes, we know that festival month isn’t over quite yet, but if last year’s comedy come-down was anything to go by, we’d recommend getting yourselves tickets to June’s line-up sharpish. Bringing some of the best comedians of the minute to Preston Park for the first ever Brighton Comedy Garden, there are six shows taking place across five days, from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd June.


The Friday is already sold out, BUT there are plenty of comic legends that will be gracing the stage and raising the roof of the big top tent, we promise! From Live At The Apollo star Sara Pascoe (Saturday day pictured above left) and 8 Out Of 10 Cats team captain Sean Lock (Thursday) to The Mash Report’s Nish Kumar (Sunday) and resident QI silly-sausage (an official BOTI description) Alan Davies (Wednesday pictured above right).

Brighton is the latest destination from siblings Will Briggs and Cass Randolph (pictured below) who are behind Greenwich Comedy Festival (Time Out’s ‘favourite London comedy festival’) and their equally popular Bristol Comedy Garden, so we know we’re in good hands! “We’ve always had Brighton in mind as a dream location for what we do and now, with our events in Greenwich and Bristol hitting their stride, we feel it’s the right time to bring Brighton a piece of the action.” says co-producer Cass Randolph. “Brighton is famous for its vibrant arts and festivals scene, and we hope to add even more quality to that. Perhaps now more than ever it’s good to be reminded of the absurdity and humour in life and our acts have some of the most brilliantly absurd minds in the country.”


Every show has an impressive mix of laugh-inducing comedians with some breakthrough talent including Edinburgh Comedy Award champion Rose Matafeo and mischief searcher Rosie Jones. The Big Top tent will be within a festival style set up with bars bringing craft beers and cocktails to suit the summer weather. Now, all we need is the sunshine to stick around. They’ll be fair-trade coffee roasters too, so you’ll find something whatever your mood.

They’ve thought about your tummies as well as your tickles, so street-food is a big focus for the boutique style festival and will be bringing tasty treats from a curated line up including Zoe’s Ghanian Kitchen, superfoods from Kurbside Kitchen, steamed buns by You Boa and ethically infused pizza from The Good Slice. We can see ourselves paying a few visits to the site to work through that little lot. Take a look at their full line up before booking, but get in there quick. We’ll be heading down there on Sunday night.
Wednesday 19th – Sunday 23rd June, doors 6.00pm daily for 7.30pm show (plus Sat matinee); tickets from £20
Preston Park, Brighton, BN1 6SD