Stephen Grant: Second: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2008
The Best of The Comedy Store: Southbank Udderbelly, London, 2014
Krater Club @ Komedia: Komedia, Brighton, 2015
Krater Club @ Komedia: Komedia, Brighton, 2017
Komeida Live Online: 2020
Jason Manford Presents: The Weekly Stand Up: Online: 2020
Funny That Comedy Summer Festival: Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 2021
I first saw Brighton based comedian Stephen Grant perform his own show Second at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008. With continuous comedic creation and endless drive, he powered through the show telling the audience how he became one of life’s perpetual runners-up and shared his philosophy of not winning at everything. It was a neat idea and delivered some bizarre funny stories.
When I started going to the Brighton Fringe in 2015, I would usually end up at the Krater Comedy Club at the Komedia. I hadn’t realised that Grant was the regular compere and was pleasantly surprised to see him again. An extremely lively MC, Grant rebounded between members of the crowd, scanning the room trying and succeeding in finding an unsuspecting participant dissecting their life in the name of laughter.
When the lockdown happened as a result of the worldwide Corona virus epidemic in 2020, I was missing the Krater Comedy Club and was delighted to find out that online shows were happening. The online show I watched in May 2020 had the resident, amiable and enthusiastic compere Stephen Grant – a great comedian in his own right – introduced five acts interspersed with trademark wild and superfast comedy. The line-up consisted of Ola, Scott Bennett, Sally Ann Hayward, Alan Francis and headliners Raymond & Mr Timkins Review. Some of the acts were recorded in front from the Komedia Clubs (in Brighton and Bath) and some were live. Grant held everything together in his own inimitable way and delivered a great show.
Grant also delivered ten minutes of extremely funny material based on his lock experiences for The Weekly Stand Up Show that I watched online in July 2020.
The compare hosted for the Funny That Comedy Summer Festival at the Brighton Open Air Theatre in June 2021. In between introducing Lloyd Griffith, Jen Brister and Mark Nelson, Grant was armed with a raft of quick-fire stories and jokes that engaged with the audience and made for a wonderful show.