Sean Brightman is a

comedian with a website.

No diggedy.



What am i up to?

Fresh from the Edinburgh fringe festival, I'm now performing mainly new material in preparation of pulling together a new show. Eventually! You'll also find me curating and regularly hosting We Love Comedy, a pop up comedy shop bringing brilliant comedy to brilliant places. We are also bringing our ever-so-slightly acclaimed (by audience and critics!) Edinburgh show to the Kingston Comedy Festival, just because we can and love the characters dearly.
who am i?

A versatile comedian and curator of comedy, with love for the audience. A semi-finalist in 2010's So You Think You're Funny Competition. A shortlisted comedian in 2011 for the BBC New Comedy Awards. A finalist in the 2012 Piccadilly Comedy Club competition where Chortle reviewed him as "Happy", one of the more positive words used in that particular review. A regular performer and host of comedy shows all over. A hater of competitions, aside from spot the ball. A husband and three-legged dog owner.
what do people say?

"A Very Funny Man" 
Stephen K. Amos

"Brilliantly funny"
visitnorwich.co.uk

"A flair for observation"
VisitLondon.com

"A natural MC"

Paul Ricketts

"There were some stand-out performances including a reverse 
Aristocrats gag by Sean Brightman which was ace"

Tiernan Douieb
watch me here

Here are a few things to watch. Some old, some slightly newer.
say hello

Why not say hello? If you like what you see and would like to book me to host a show or perform a comedy set from five to fifty minutes, please get in touch. I can also help put together a bespoke comedy show to suit your needs. Just fill in the form below.
We Love Comedy


 
Last night I was privileged to take part in the Piccadilly Comedy Club's New Act of the Year final. Now, I'm not one for competitions, it's not really my bag. Writing and performing stand-up I love, interacting with audiences I adore, but the added pressure of being in a competition tends to make me very nervous. Plus I'm just not very competitive. That said, the room was packed full and the audience were absolutely lovely. It being just post-Christmas, I wanted to refer to it in some way, so wore a special outfit – a pair of slippers (a present from my folks) and a 'onesie' (from my wife). The point being Christmas has left me very confused, with the parents telling me to grow up and the wife telling me to regress back to childhood. If nothing else, the onesie and slippers combo left me feeling more relaxed than I usually would have been. 

Now, the set wasn't anywhere near my greatest. Far from it. Very sloppy in places and unfortunately I was kicking myself after (which luckily didn't hurt too much with the slippers on), as there were several jokes my brain decided to leave out. A shame, as I didn't do several key sections of the set I'd prepared. For example, telling the audience that I got married, but being happy, there's no comedy in it. I was then supposed to have qualified it with saying:

"I do come from a long line of long marriages. My parents have been married now for 36 years. My grandparents will have been married for 70 years this year. So I know the secret of a long, successful marriage. It's the ability to talk over each other and never listen to a word your partner is saying'. 

Quite a big section to leave out. And as I said, there were several chunks like this. So I spent the rest of the night a bit annoyed at myself. This was compounded this morning by  Steve Bennett's chortle review of the show (he was also apparently the head judge), which more than picked up on my shortcomings last night. It's not as if I didn't already know. Still, saying that, laughs were aplenty and several audience members were very complementary about my set. I'll take that over any poorly written review. But I will be working much harder on my material. And I must not forget to deploy those chuckle bombs at the right time next time.

Good work by all the acts, some exceptional comedy too, especially from Sunil Patel, the winner.
"...he’s happy as he’s recently got married..." (Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk)
 

Fan Mail

07/08/2012

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It's been a long time since I updated this blog, but hey, what can you do but promise yourself you'll try harder and write more, whilst thoroughly reprimanding yourself, then almost instantly getting distracted by shiny things and forgetting for another year or so. Anyway, enough! That's not why I'm here. Just had an e-mail from my German friend and fellow comedian Christan Schulte-Loh, the German™, who is currently up in Edinburgh, slaving away on his one man show 'German Comedian' and the sequel to 2010's 'Comedy World War', 'Comedy World War II'.

Unfortunately I'm not up in Edinburgh this year, but two years ago I played a few times at the 'Comedy World War I' as 'The Mexican'. The idea of the show is to bring together comedians of different nationalities to fight it out (comedically speaking, not physically – that would be insane!). And, well, it appears I made a bit of an impact:
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I saw Christian perform a couple of years back at the fringe at a free show in the evening with several other comedians. They were all 'different' nationalities. I was wondering if you knew the name of the comedian who came out pretending to be Mexican but was actually English?

Thanks, L.

From: Christian Schulte-Loh, 12:46 (15 minutes ago)

Dear Lauren, the comedian's name is Sean Brightman. He is a brilliant London-based comic. This is his website:http://www.seanbrightmancomedian.com/ Yes, his appearance as "The Mexican" was awesome. It deserves to still be talked about 2 years later!

Best regards,

Christian

Well, it made my day!
 
 

My Edinburgh Manifesto

So a few people have been asking 'so what are you hoping to get out of Edinburgh this year?', which is a good question and not necessarily an easy one to answer. 

Is it the plaudits? The chance of getting an award? Chasing that dream of becoming a famous comedian? Hoping get picked up and carried through the streets by a cheering, adoring crowd, straight into an agents office and signed up for a huge global tour and Saturday night tv show? Is it for the chance to hang out with your comedy heroes in the late night bars, drinking and schmoozing until the early hours, sucking from the generous teat of Johnny Vegas, being fed grapes by other big-name comedians, whilst regaling them with 'hilarious' anecdotes? 

None of the above. 

It's all well and good having a dream or five, your plan to head off into that distant land of beautiful grey buildings on an adventure to find fame and fortune beyond your wildest dreams. But all that just isn't for me. I've been performing comedy for little over two years now and the reasons to stand up alone in front of an audience night after night has never been to get famous. If you want to get famous, there are much easier ways I'm sure. I'd probably go and shag Wayne Rooney or something. 

What you will find when you see me this year, is a man working incredibly hard to increase his value as a comedian. It shouldn't be too difficult to find me either, being in three shows per day this year, without additional spots. This has transpired almost by accident. My original intention was to do only two shows, but the additional show I landed myself in has lauded a three-pronged 'strategy' to hone my comedic abilities. 

Firstly, 'We Love Comedy', our London club night is coming back to the same venue. This is a 'varitable bill' show in a terrific venue on Cowgate, giving me the chance to hone and practice my MC'ing skills with a vastly different audience every day. This will be pure emceeing and any material will come from bouncing things off of the audience. I'll only have around ten minutes per day to do this, but the aim is to be funny and friendly without resorting to tried-and-tested material. Also, even more important, we are upping the game in terms of line-ups for this year. And sadly, I won't have the back-up last year from my wonderful partner (and now fiancé!), Renata, who stopped her pursuit of the funny after last years festival.

OK, so what else? 

Assorted Nuts! No, it's not snack time just yet, but a show I'm doing every evening with two other comedians, Phil Higgins and David Hardcastle. This is an evening showcase, with the three of us each taking a turn to do around 20 minutes each. The plan is to work on and add polish to my existing set, as well as giving me the chance to try and develop new comedic ideas, as so much of my favourite material has been developed and reworked in front of audiences. 

So, what about that third show? 

What am I hoping for? 

It's a kind of surprise. And in many ways, 'a kind of surprise' is the most ambitious of the three shows, although being performed earlier in the day at a more intimate venue. I'm working alongside Masud Milas, a comedian who grew up in Hong Kong and New Zealand and we're flexing our writing muscles with this, to try and produce half an hour each of new work. Although we're splitting this into bite-sized chunks throughout each performance, attempting to link the material as we go. Developing the mind-muscles to create and develop new work (i.e. hour long shows) in the not-so-distant future.

I love a good social too and can knock the Crabbie's back with the best of them. But I'm not aiming to be up in tall bars every night, nob-hobbing and neck swinging in acknowledgement of my comedy heroes, as much as I am partial to the bitter taste of Vegas milk. All too common last year, was the comedian complaining of throat soreness from 'doing my shows'. Where the nightly drinking and shouting over everyone to be heard obviously had no effect!

So that's what I'm hoping for for this year, or to put it more succincty (and this'll teach you not to have just scrolled down before comencement of reading):

• To become a better MC
• To become a better comedian
• To push my comedy writing towards a full show
• To try and enjoy the experience


I'm sure we'll all be having a drink or two, but as for seeking fame and fortune and Edinburgh being the big comedy trade show, I'm not buying it. I want to have something solid to sell first.
 
 
It was my birthday a couple of days ago (although we've been using it as an excuse for drinking and looking at animals in the zoo for a good week now). Not only was I lucky enough to spend time with some lovely friends and my beautiful girl, I also received some brilliant birthday presents. The one I'm going to share with you comes from Bec Hill (and I suspect her top man, Gavin had something to do with this too.)

Here it is:

Edinburgh survival guide
"What does this 'Sean Brightman's Edinburgh Fringe Survival Kit' contain then?" I hear you mutter half-heartedly in my own head. I shall delay you no longer in finding out good person:

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What we have there is (from left to right):
•an umbrella 'The Edin-bare Necessity'
•a tin of Heinz Tomato Sup 'The one proper meal you will have in a month'
•an energy shot 'use in case of emergency'
•roll-on deodorant 'shower replacement system'
•multi-vitamins 'substitute for food'
•Anadin Extra 'take one a day'
•That Jordan and Alex Reid book 'last-minute material supply'.

*The fish-bowl was not included

Almost everything you need to survive performing at the festival. I say almost everything, as I got given this from my lovely friend Kerrie:

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And it fits perfectly in the box!

How well my friends know me.
 
 
Wow, I have been slack in updating this blogosphere with new and exciting content. It's been a busy time, doing sitting-down design and stand-up comedy, so please forgive me dear reader (I may have more than one, I just don't know).

Well, it's nearly Edinburgh 2011 time, so brace yourselves for a couple of Edinburgh related posts. The first, this one, is an interview I did with the lovely Kenny from Com Comedy. So watch this for your entertainment pleasure, instead of me boring you with words:

 

Winning!

26/05/2011

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by bec hill
I recently got engaged to my lovely lady, Renata. Our friend, the brilliant Bec Hill, soon posted this... 
 
 
Now there is a lot more to this comedy lark than meets the eye. A newer comic asked for some tips on MCing, as he was about to try it for the first time. Here's my response:

1) Be nice and friendly, talk to the audience, find out a little bit about them and what they do (try and keep it funny).
2) If an act has done well, try and use that momentum to bring the next act on, rather than using that time to try your own material out.
3) If an act has done OK, feel free to try some material out or chat to them some more, but try to keep the audience receptive for the next act.
4) If an act hasn't done quite so well, or sucked arse, spend a bit of time getting the audience warm and receptive for the next act.
Hope that helps. Best of luck!


And my favourite tip for MC'ing comes from (in my opinion) one of the best, Jarred Christmas:

'Great MCs are comics who are adaptable. They need to be able to roll with the situation and let their material flow whenever it's appropriate and required. They need to be likeable. If you are getting up after every act, you want the audience thinking: “I like this guy,”'

Read the full interview here: http://www.timeout.com/london/comedy/article/1153/jarred-christmas-interview

Please feel free to comment with your own tips, and if you're a developing stand-up, you can't go far wrong with Logan 

 
 
Whoa. I haven't been on here for a while. How terrible of me. There's loads to talk about lot's to write, lots to say. I don't know why I've neglected you so. Think I just sometimes get scared to do the things I love. But I'm back on here and we'll start with a couple more of my favourite Edinburgh moments.

3... The final Late'n'Live

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Patrick Monahan vs. John Bishop crowdsurfing? Check. Boy with tape on his face? Check. Brendan Burns introducing a whole host of comedians each doing a 90 second set for Abandoman to reinterpret – say wha-...!?!

4... Sip 'n' Snip

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I've grown my hair. It's now pretty long. It's big hair. It's the longest hair I've ever had. In Edinburgh, on a recommendation from the lovely Bec Hill, I wandered into the haircutting chair of the beautiful Magda, a lady so gorgeous, down to earth and full of inspirational stories, I could barely believe it. Coupled with the hairwashing-headmassaging-hands of an angel and the genius idea of a shot of vodka (or two) instead of the usual cup of tea or coffee and you've got a dream come true. I walked in fed up with my lengthening hair, not knowing what I wanted. I walked out in an extremely good mood, with long locks, safe in the knowledge my next haircut would be 6 months after (and I'm tempted to pop back for a weekend for repeat custom!), but definitely, August 2011, you'll find me in there one afternoon, having a Snip and Snip. My only advice, if you're reading this and in Edinburgh, please book an appointment and pay them a visit. Check out their facebook group.

 
 
Welcome to the second part of my personal Edinburgh top 10...

5... The Mexican

I was invited no less than five times to take part in Christian Schulte-Loh's Comedy World War. What is the CWW? It's a stand-up show pitting nation against nation, stand-up against stand-up, hosted by a German comedian. I represented Mexico. Being white and English and having never even set foot on Mexican soil, this was going to be a big challenge. Moments before the first appearance, I still didn't know what I was going to do. Then it hit me. Say nothing at first and try to get the audience to clap the rhythm to 'We Will Rock You'. Then in the spoken parts start chanting 'Speedy Gonzales' and get them to join in. Then another thought – do a Cab Calloway style 'when I say 'Arriba!' you say 'Arriba!'...'. This would never have worked had I been introduced by name, so literally a minute away from getting on stage, I asked Christian to not announce my name. This he worked brilliantly by saying 'This next guy, I'd never heard of, but my agent said to book him as he's filling huge stadiums in Mexico, a real big act! The thing is, I can't quite pronounce his name, so I'm going to introduce him as 'THE MEXICAN!". This worked a treat and with every performance I played and added more and more to this first part. After whipping up the audience into fever-pitch with all that and some crazy dancing, I finished the bit with 'Na, I'm from Brixton...' to a really strong response every time.

6... TeeWee stage invasion

At the end of a London is Funny show at the GRV, hosted by Mr. Tom Webb, he cheekily invited Josie Long and Rufus Hound back on stage for a photograph, then promptly pushed all of us audience up there to join them in the shot. A magic moment.

7... Last minute...

One of the days our booked headliner hadn't shown up. Spotting Ava Vidal walking across the road, we asked if she could pop over and close the show for us. Thankfully she said yes, did a brilliant job and no-one was any the wiser...
 
 

Hi-5 Henning.

To be honest, I didn't think he'd go for it as I dashed across Nicholson street with my right hand raised up (half way!). But we connected and Bam! Henning Wehn and I high-fived. Proving once and for all that Germans are fun. And never trust your casually slightly racist stereotypes.

Nick Helm: Gold.

Nick Helms Keep Hold of the Gold. Most specifically the 10 minutes or so he spends carefully dragging up nearly every member of the audience onto the minuscule stage for a song, before declaring 'to be honest, this bit worked better when we only had nine in yesterday'. Lovely stuff and a show well deserving of its plaudits. Helm, you gave me some fire in my belly that day.

Rickett's Rovers

Paul kindly gave me a comp to his show 'Kiss the Badge, fly the flag' a few days from the end. Little did I realise, the night we watched the Germany vs. Spain World Cup game, Paul's rather strange and slightly pished support for both teams was captured and used to great effect in the show. Legend.