In June 1999 Komedia formed a partnership with Brighton-based comedian Stephen Grant to open Krater Comedy Club and this new venture quickly became one of the UK’s most successful stand-up comedy clubs, winning the coveted comedy industry Chortle award for Best Comedy Club in the South eleven times. It is now one of a select few clubs in the country that can programme four or five shows every week of the year to capacity audiences.
In 2008 Komedia opened a sister venue in Bath, where its flagship comedy show Krater Comedy Club has been equally as successful as in Brighton and has won Chortle’s Best Comedy Club in Wales and the West award three times.
Komedia has plans to operate the Krater Comedy Club in other cities, with venue partnerships being planned for the autumn of 2014.
And the story of comedy at Komedia doesn’t just end with Krater. One of Komedia’s founding principles when it opened in 1994 was that it would nurture new, creative talent and certainly in the field of comedy it has excelled. Since the venue opened in 1994 a host of young, up-and-coming acts – Al Murray, Graham Norton, Omid Djalli, Mel and Sue, Armstrong and Miller, League of Gentlemen, Matt Lucas to name but a few – have all played at Komedia at the beginning of their careers.
Komedia Brighton can be seen as a kind of “Comedy Uni by the Sea” for since 2005 nearly 500 would-be-comedians have enrolled in Jill Edwards’ renowned Comedy Workshops with the most talented graduating at Jill’s regular New Act Night in front of a real audience for the first time. The most successful can then get a 5 minute ‘MA’ starter slot at the monthly new comedy night Comic Boom working alongside more experienced comedians and finally, for their ‘PhD’, a chance to appear at the Krater Comedy Club or Zoe Lyons’ regular, gay friendly night Bent Double. Here they will appear alongside top international and UK comedians and then…who knows… break onto the comedy circuit and maybe end up on telly!
Among the comedians that started at Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops are television regulars Jimmy Carr, Shappi Khorsandi, Hal Cruttenden, Francesca Martinez, Simon Evans, Shazia Mirza, Seann Walsh, Angela Barnes and Romesh Ranganathan.
A Summer of Comedy
What a summer this is going to be! At the beginning of June Komedia Bath will celebrate Krater Comedy Club’s 15th Birthday celebration with a Krater Birthday special with comics Zoe Lyons, Erich McElroy, Chris McCausland and MC: Elis James.
Komedia Bath will also present Edinburgh previews throughout July featuring stars of stand up and the hottest up-and-coming acts in the business. These include work in progress from Rosie Holt, Ali Cook, Romesh Ranganathan, Nathan Caton and Loretta Maine.
And all Komedia’s great regular comedy shows – New Act Comedy Night, Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock –In and The Ministry of Burlesque’s Twisted Cabaret.