Laughing Stag, 20th September 2019

Laughing Stag Comedy Club and Food Bank Collection, Friday 20th Sept, 8-11pm
The Stag Inn, 14 All Saints St, Hastings, TN343BJ, 01424 438791

Our comedy nights are always FREE ENTRY but if you feel able, please bring a can of food (or dried goods including rice, pasta, baby formula etc) which we will collect and donate to Hastings FoodBank on your behalf.

Please arrive early as seating is limited. If you book a table for food, we can save you seats in the comedy club (food served 12.30 – 8.30pm).

As ever, we have a top line-up of brilliant comedians, introduced by Juliet Brando, our Mistress of Ceremonies:

Kate McGann – a thirty-something from Brighton with a degree in Theatre Studies who recently made the final of the So You Think You’re Funny Competition at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Patrick Hore – “With a plan for world peace, hearing aid batteries and a 50p collection he has everything for a wild night.”

Alex Petrovic – South Coast Comedian of the Year Runner-Up 2019
As heard on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 Extra

Hannah Brackenbury – reached the finals of the Musical Comedy Awards in 2016 and won the award for Best of the Festival at Brighton Fringe 2018 with ‘Victorious’ – her joyful and poignant tribute to the late, great Victoria Wood. Musical comedy at it’s best.


The Laughing Stag Comedy Club – Bring a can if you can

  • Friday, 23 August 2019 from 20:00-23:00
  • The Stag Inn 14 All Saints Street, TN34 3BJ Hastings, East Sussex

Entrance is free, but if you’d like to bring a can of food or dry goods (rice, pasta,cereal or even baby formula or nappies) we will donate them to the Hastings Foodbank on your behalf. The Foodbank was very grateful for your donations last comedy night and have asked that we pass on a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who donated.

As seating is limited, please arrive early to grab a good spot. Alternatively, book a table for food (served 12.20 – 8.30pm) then we can save you a seat in the comedy club (please leave enough time for your meal).

As ever, we have a top line-up of brilliant comedians, introduced by Juliet Brando, our Mistress of Ceremonies:

Jen Ives came second in the Laughing Horse New Act Of The Year 2018 and was also nominated as a finalist for the Leicester Mercury Award 2019.

Ben Westwood was born on April Fool’s Day and has been ridiculous ever since. He recently decided that the only way to deal with a world that’s gone raving mad was either to run through the streets dressed as a gorilla in a tutu or to move into standup comedy this year.

John Rands is a storyteller, who’ll take you on a journey and root out the jokes along the way.

Kate McGann navigates her way from childhood to her 30s, from a cabaret compère to a dating show disaster through hilarious songs and stories of heartbreak and triumph.

Laughing Stag, April 2019

The Laughing Stag returns!

On Friday 19th April, 8pm, at the Stag Inn, Hastings, we are proud to present comics William Stone, Mel Byron, John Rands and Emily Kennedy-Barnes, compered by Mistress of Ceremonies Juliet Brando. Entry is free but capacity is limited, so get in early for a comfy seat.

William Stone has been a finalist for both BBC New Comedy Award 2018 and Leicester Square Theatre New Act of the Year 2018, and has recently appeared on on BBC Radio4 and BBC3. “William Stone cracks me up, he’s got some belting gags that I wish I’d thought of. Highly recommended” Angela Barnes (Radio4 Newsjack, Live at the Apollo.)

Mel Byron ‘May just make your day.’ – the Scotsman. Delightful, incisive, hilarious, Mel Byron takes a skewed view on the absurdities of the world. 

John Rands likes to think you’re never too old to be a new face of comedy. Since John’s stand-up debut in 2018 he’s played gigs around the UK, including Leicester, Lancaster, London and the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as becoming a regular on the Brighton circuit.

Emily Kennedy-Barnes has been on the production side of comedy for the last few years and founded the Funny For A Woman events and podcast. This year she is giving standup a go herself. Emily shares the extremities of what it is to be a Brighton born and bred lass and how conventionality is an abstract concept to her. Be prepared to have your chuckle muscles tickled.

The Laughing Stag

PunchUp Comedy returns at The Stag Inn for a night of female-led comedy for all!

Find the Facebook event here:

The Laughing Stag presents an International Women’s Day celebration of emerging female talent, showcasing women new and rising on the comedy circuit, compered by our own Juliet Brando, in association with PunchUp Comedy. Admission is free, but arrive early as capacity is limited.


Pam Tilling “Pam is originally from Scotland and has been performing stand up for the last two years. Her style is observational story telling. She reflects honestly on her experiences of bringing up her sons, while her authentic style resonates with old and young alike. It is family orientated rather than family friendly.
Funny Women – ‘One to Watch’.”

Carmina Biryana “Carmen D’Cruz, aka Carmina Biryana, brings together the oft neglected themes of project management, Croydon based philosophy and hardcore BDSM to the world of comedy.
– informed
– entertained, and
– inspired to try this at home”

Cat Neilson “Cat’s anecdotal musings on life as a mum and dog owner has made her a regular on the Brighton comedy scene. She moved from Canada to Eastbourne, yes Eastbourne, and has since re examined every life choice hastily made. Regional finalist Funny Women 2018, Semi finalist So You Think You’re Funny 2018.”


August PunchUp: Meryl O’Rourke & Carl Richard

Come to PunchUp Comedy on Friday August 3rd with Meryl O’Rourke, supported by Carl Richard and presented by Juliet Brando.

As ever, it’s £5 entry on the door and starts at 8pm in the Deep Blue Cellar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar.

Facebook event here.

Acclaimed stand-up comic and TV writer Meryl O’Rourke has delighted comedy audiences, written some of the best gags on telly and even hosted pop concerts (last one to 12,000 people!) She supported Frankie Boyle during his 2016 tour, and in 2014, 12, 11 and 2010 at the Hammersmith Apollo. In his book “Work!Consume!Die!” he calls Meryl “Inspiringly funny”. Boyle also script edited her Radio 4 sitcom pilot about post-natal depression.

She has been inaugural winner of the Betty Box and Peter Rogers/Big Talk comedy writing programme, where she has been gifted a chunk of money to help her write a sitcom with a production company. She was chosen by unanimous decision from over 600 entrants.

Her solo stand up show “Bad Mother” was a hit at Edinburgh and Brighton festivals. Directed by Foster’s Comedy Award nominee Thom Tuck, it received 5 star reviews and was The Times’ Critic’s Choice.

“5 * * * * * As near perfect as you can find. Charming delivery keep the audience in no doubt they’ve just seen one of this year’s fringe highlights” – British Comedy Guide

“Ripe with comedy. A unique perspective: sharp and dark, and refreshingly unsentimental” – Stephanie Merritt, Observer

“Has an authentic, compelling, original voice” – Denise Hicks, founder LOCO comedy festival

“Best and most original pages I’ve read in years. I’m a massive fan” – Dhiraj Mahey, producer and founder of BettyAndPeter prize.

“5* * * * * Truly astonishing show…a must see” – The New Current

“A candid, compassionate writer who blends honest human insight with surreal imagery and smart one-liners, and she’s a fresh and exciting voice in British comedy” – Jonathan Wakeham, founder LOCO comedy film festival.

“4 * * * * Her devastatingly direct show stands out for it’s bold, boundary-breaking nature…the shocking casualness of her delivery is spot on.” – Jewish Chronicle

“Whip smart” – Manchester Wire

“4 * * * * Very funny. Tightly written, deftly performed, intimate storytelling and packed with punchlines” – TheLatest


July PunchUp: Stylophobia, Mel Byron & William Stone

Come to PunchUp Comedy on Friday June 8th with Stylophobia, Mel Byron & William Stone, presented by Juliet Brando.

As ever, it’s £5 entry on the door and starts at 8pm in the Deep Blue Cellar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar.

Stylophobia, aka Daniel Rubinstein, was a finalist in Old Comedian of the Year, London, 2018, and is a comedic maestro of the stylophone.

‘Delightful, incisive, hilarious’, Mel Byron takes a skewed view on the absurdities of the world.

William Stone cracks me up, he’s got some belting gags that I wish I’d thought of. Highly recommended” Angela Barnes (Radio4 Newsjack, Live at the Apollo)

Facebook event here.


June PunchUp: Mary Bourke & Simon Clayton

Come to PunchUp Comedy on Friday June 8th with Mary Bourke and Simon Clayton, supported by Mel Byron and presented by Juliet Brando.

As ever, it’s £5 entry on the door and starts at 8pm in the Deep Blue Cellar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar.

Mary Bourke will be previewing her upcoming Edinburgh show, “I Want an Irish Passport”.

Everyone wants an Irish passport but what does being Irish really mean? Is there more than just drinking and the craic? Award-winning comic Mary Bourke presents a hilarious show on Irish identity.

‘One of the best female acts in the country’ (GQ)

‘The audience loved her’ (Independent)

‘An hour packed with fine routines and beautifully written gags’ (Scotsman)

After the break, Simon Clayton (‘Fresh and fruity’ – Time Out) and Mary Bourke present “SING-A-LONGA SITCOM QUIZ”.

If you love sitcoms, quizzes, and singalongs then you’ll love this show. We present a glorious nostalgic romp through the sitcoms of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Singalong to sitcom theme tunes as diverse as ‘Dad’s Army’ to ‘The Golden Girls’ all to the accompaniment of a real live pianist. You’ll leave with a smile on your face. Guaranteed.

Facebook event here.




May PunchUp: The Monks & friends

Come to PunchUp Comedy on Friday May 4th with holy-rollin’ sketch duo The Monks, supported by Pam Tilling and Carmen D’Cruz, and presented by Juliet Brando.

As ever, it’s £5 entry on the door and starts at 8pm in the Deep Blue Cellar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar.

The Monks are Kevin Moore and Yazz Fetto. They think they can lay claim to being the only Christian comedy sketch group in the UK. As such, they not only do shows in clubs, pubs and small sweaty comedy rooms but also chapels, churches and small sweaty vestries.

Following the sell out success of their 2013 fringe play ‘Hallelujah House’, The Monks have put together a new sketch show called ‘The All New Ten Commandments’. The full version of this show is 60 minutes but The Monks often perform sections of the show for sets at clubs. These sets vary in length from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.

Each of the commandments gets the comedy sketch treatment; some get more than one, making this perhaps one of the best value sketch comedy shows ever! Even penny pinching, backstabbing disciple Judas Iscariot would approve!


“I expected something squeaky clean but they came up with a pretty edgy skit…a rather good one.” Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke
“That rarest of things in comedy – a Christian sketch group.” Time Out

“…sharp, expertly delivered and hilarious” The Londonist
“The duo’s originality shone through…the audience left the show well satisfied with their uplifting experience.” Buxton Fringe Festival Review

“…(The Monks)…in many ways sound like an old school Oxbridge style of act…but the material was much darker.”

“…darker than I was expecting, and good fun” NottsComedyReview



More about The Monks here.

Facebook event here.


April PunchUp: Simon Caine

Comedy with Simon Caine, presented by Juliet Brando from 8pm in the Deep Blue basement bar at Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar on FRIDAY 6th April. Tickets are £5 on the door.

Here’s a bit more about Simon Caine:

A comedian, writer and podcaster, Simon Caine has built up an impressive body of work and many glowing reviews. He has been performing stand up for over 7 years. He’s done over 1,000 gigs and taken part in 2 Edinburgh Fringe shows, as well as reaching the finals of a number of lauded comedy awards:

Laughing Horse New Act 2014
Reading New Act Competition 2012
Comedy Store Gong Show
Finalist (2nd place, April 2012)
Comedy Store Gong Show
Finalist (5th place, March 2012)
Laughing Horse New Act 2012
Quarter Finalist
Leicester Square New Act 2011
Quarter Finalist
You Must Be Joking 2011
Reading New Act Competition 2011
Runner Up


“I won’t fuck you. But you were very funny. I genuinely loved the night. Amazing.” – Copstick (head comedy reviewer at the Scotsman Newspaper, 2017)

“That was awesome. I liked it… I don’t know why. But it was great. I’ll have you back” – Mike Manera (Piccadilly Comedy Club, 2016)
“What you’re doing is great… the problem is nobody understands it.” – Iain Coyle (Dave TV Comedy Commissioner, 2016)

“The Martin Luther King Jr of comedy.” – Broadway Baby, 2015

More information at and Facebook event here.