March PunchUp: Nick Revell

PunchUp Comedy returns after its winter break in a new FRIDAY NIGHT slot with the rightfully revered stand-up and comedy writer Nick Revell. He will be in the Deep Blue basement bar at Whistle Trago in Hastings Old Town at 8pm, March 2nd, supported by Cat Neilson and introduced by Juliet Brando. Tickets are £5 on the door.

Here’s a bit more about Nick Revell:

“ of the most creative and incisive comics on the circuit.” Guardian

Nick Revell is a comedian and writer. He is currently writing BrokenDreamCatcher, a series of surreal and satirical stories for BBC Radio 4.

“Nick Revell has done for magic realism what Austin Powers did for James Bond.” Times

He will premier a new live show, also called BrokenDreamCatcher, this year at the Kendal Comedy Festival and then the Edinburgh Fringe. Here’s how The Scotsman described his last stage show, which will be part of the radio series:

“This is a sort of Jackanory for grown-ups and it is great fun. Nick Revell’s stories are a fantastic device to do some satire, some politics, some observational humour and a load of silliness…Nick pretty much has the ‘surreal fiction for adults’ genre to himself and he is its master. I left thinking I wish they would put it on telly.” Kate Copstick, Scotsman

Last year he also recorded a fifteen minute satirical set for the BBC at WOMAD, which you can find here:

He began selling jokes to radio and TV in the late 70s then did his first stand-up gigs at the London Comedy Store in 1980. Since then he has written and performed for stage, radio and TV, picking up various awards along the way for live stand-up, radio and tv sketch shows and situation comedies. He’s written material for many other comedians, including Roy Hudd, Jasper Carrot, Dave Allen, Paul Merton and Miles Jupp.

He is also author of two novels – House of the Spirit Levels (“brilliant…hilarious…inspired -” Ruth Padel, Mail on Sunday) and Night of the Toxic Ostrich and a stage play, Love and Other Fairytales. He was co-creator, producer writer and performer on the successful topical podcast No Pressure to Be Funny with James O’Brien and Alistair Barrie. His last four Edinburgh shows – Closet Optimist, Feminist Porno Jihadi, Gluten Free Jesus and Nick Revell vs Lily, Evil Cat Queen of Earth Planet and The Laughing Fridge all received four and five star reviews.

“consistently excellent” Guardian “Master satirist” Time Out

“a master at work, someone who can deliver a cohesive critique of society’s ills without just ranting or being mindlessly angry.” Bruce Dessau

“The wonderful Nick Revell… Expect to be seduced by a genuine craftsman”. Guardian

“Revell is an expert in delivering thought-provoking, political satire, combined with a strong delivery and great stage presence….There are no cheap laughs here, but if you like your comedians to say something worth saying, Nick Revell is for you. “ Edfest Magazine

“a set which as politically charged as it is hilarious.” Liverpool Echo

“A master craftsman” Time Out

“Revell’s pedigree goes back to the Eighties, but his patter is as relevant today as it ever was” London Evening Standard

“He is an animated, engaging raconteur offering a master-class in delivery with variety in pace, volume and rhythm that keeps an already attentive audience transfixed” Chortle

“Easy delivery and a great stage presence” Times

Facebook event here


December PunchUp: Oli Bettesworth & Rebekka Turner

We have a double-headliner for PunchUp Comedy, 8pm on Thursday, 7th December at the Deep Blue cellar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar, with Oli Bettesworth and Rebekka Turner, as well as music from DJ Rave Deading (aka Dave Reading). Seating is limited, so please get there early.

Presented by Juliet Brando

Tickets are £5 cash on the door.

Facebook event here.

Both critically acclaimed, Oli Bettesworth will be performing his ode to depression, “Sunshine and Lollipops”, a light-hearted comedy show about heavy hearts, and Rebekka Turner presents her drag-inspired aperitif show of pop culture, food and awkwardness, full-on word play, stand-up and impressions.



November PunchUp: Doug Segal


‘Imagine if Derren Brown was funny’ Evening Standard.

Doug Segal performs his double award winning comedy and mind reading show where the audience are taught how to detect lies, implant suggestions and read minds.

Doug will be at PunchUp Comedy, 8pm on Thursday, 2nd November at the Deep Blue cellar bar beneath Whistle Trago – Cafe/Bar, with music from DJ Rave Deading (aka Dave Reading). Seating is limited, so please get there early.

Presented by Juliet Brando

Tickets are £5 cash on the door.

Facebook event here.


Sajeela Kershi: PunchUp 05/10/17

Sajeela Kershi is a comedian who has performed many times on television and radio, both in the UK and Internationally, winning multiple awards.

Fights Like a Girl is her 2017 show, which received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe.

She will be performing at PunchUp Comedy, 8pm on Thursday, 5th October at the Deep Blue cellar bar beneath Whistle Trago, with music from DJ Rave Deading. Seating is limited, so please get there early. Tickets are £5 cash on the door.

“Fights Like a Girl! is a reflection of everything Sajeela Kershi has fought for and against.

The show was born at the Women’s March in London, chanting against Trump, travel bans and global injustices, with Sajeela fighting to keep her prime position on the frontline – even if that means elbowing Harriet Harman out of the way, and not allowing a man to push in at the front, who, it turns out is Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Sajeela looks at her own upbringing, telling true stories of fitting in, fighting bullies, fighting for a life on her terms. She looks at universal misogyny in culture, including a true story of how she and a group of women in her family were kept hostage but managed to fight of their extremist captors – a tale of unexpected hilarity!

‘What and who will we fight for…and why?’ Join Sajeela as she puts up her dukes and picks her battles. Find out if you are a fight or flight by nature, why you are to Blame for Brexit and Trump and if you are ultimately failing to fight for a productive society…whilst in hysterics.”