It's been a very exciting time for my stand-up comedy course at Komedia Brighton graduates. First Mark Barrowcliffe (above) made it all the way through to the National Final of the "Laughing Horse New Act of the Year." In the same week Rich Perry made it into the grand Final to be held at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival of the "Chortle Student New Comedy Award." Delighted for my lovely graduates and madly proud of them both. That was one exciting week!
One of my recent comedy course graduates Dan Fardell had a great May as well. He got a superb review in a Brighton Festival Fringe show from Steve Bennett at Chortle. "Dan Fardell was probably the most promising writer of the night, with some delicious (and possibly) underappreciated lines about his miserable lot in life, living in Crawley and unloved as a child. There's a strong concentration of punchlines, and his wittily downbeat demeanour is a winner."
And our fast-rising David Jordan appeared in a charity gig at London's Bloomsbury Theatre for the second time and went down stormingly on a bill that featured an array of top comedians, including Mark Thomas and Stewart Lee. David's been working his way up the ranks at Comic Boom and he's about to play Brighton Komedia's big Krater comedy club for the first time. I know his Krater debut will make us all proud. Komedia are delighted with my lovely comedy course graduates and it feels like our remit to encourage and facilitate new local comic talent to emerge is right on track.