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"

"A flair for observation"

"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

Fan Mail



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: Yes, his appearance as "The Mexican" was awesome. It deserves to still be talked about 2 years later!

Best regards,


Well, it made my day!
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:

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:

And it fits perfectly in the box!

How well my friends know me.

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.
SYTYF? scary baby
A scary baby.
The nice lady at 'So You Think You're Funny?' called me up a couple of hours ago to ask whether I'm in Edinburgh and if I was, could I, please, change my allotted semi-final heat on the 16th to tonight? 
So, give-up a week of preparation? A week of many guest spots to hone my craft? A week of 'We Love Comedy' shows and a chance to practice in front of good sized audiences? And possibly most important of all, give up one of my only days off without a comedy spot booked? 
Of course I said yes... Well, it was more like (after half an hour thinking about it): 'Ummm, ok, errrrr, hmmmmm, alright, let's whip that band-aid off...' For all the extra preparation, gigs, our own show and the day off, there is also the weeks worth of niggling fear to contend with and to be honest, I've had a good time here so far and although a bit physically drained, am pretty much as mentally prepared for comedy as I can be, coming off of two good shows yesterday. So I'm going to relax, do some improv games as preparation and try to enjoy every second of the experience later tonight. See you there?

Me. A little while ago...
Just a quick note to say 'WOW!', what a first show we had yesterday. Sin (on Cowgate) is a brilliant venue for comedy and we must have had well in excess of 150 people in the audience for the show. The reward for an afternoon working hard out on the High Street and Cowgate, selling the show (and the venue's cheap drinks!) to people. The show itself, was a joy to do. Every act brought it and barring the microphone playing up a fair bit, was a great experience for all involved I think. Now, what will today bring? I'd better get out there and find out...