Ahead of Independents’ Day (celebrating independent businesses on 2nd and 3rd July), we’re shining the spotlight on a few Brilliant Brighton businesses to learn more about their history. First up is Komedia.
In the heart of the bustling North Laine, just a few minutes’ walk from Brighton Station, you’ll find Komedia, the city’s premier live entertainment venue for over twenty years.
Winner of the Chortle Comedy Award for Best Venue in the South a record seventeen times, Komedia presents one of the largest, most diverse arts and entertainment programmes in the UK. The venue hosts over seven hundred performances a year including comedy, music, cabaret and kids shows, as well as being the home of several of Brighton’s most popular club nights and home-grown, resident comedy shows: Krater Comedy Club, Comic Boom and Bent Double. Komedia is also a regular feature of The Great Escape and Brighton Fringe Festival.
All taking place under one roof, Komedia incorporates two exciting, unique performance spaces with flexible set-ups and a kitchen serving freshly prepared food at most seated shows.
“Komedia is a proudly independent venue, in 1998 it moved from its humble beginnings on Manchester Street, Kemptown, and into its current home, a former Tesco building on Gardner Street,” Lex Hollingworth, Managing Director of Komedia, says.
“Komedia promoted the burgeoning talents of many young performers including Graham Norton, Mel & Sue, Artic Monkeys, Johnny Vegas, Al Murray, Bastille, Armstrong & Miller, Jenny Éclair, Mumford and Sons, Omid Djalili, The League of Gentlemen, The Mighty Boosh, Stewart Lee, The XX, Micheal Macintyre and many more…. Komedia has grown into a central part of the Brighton cultural community and won best venue in the South a record 17 times.”