This June in the Funny Women Diaries, Kate Stone checks out Brighton Fringe – a place for comedians to present their works in progress and shares with us what comedy shows to expect for the preview festival on the Good Ship Benefit.

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Festival season is upon us! Not the type that requires you to camp out in a tent in a field with a group of people who USED TO BE YOUR FRIENDS until the Pot Noodle incident, where tempers are frayed by late nights and portaloos. No, comedy festival season! Specifically Brighton Fringe, where I can comfortably walk to and from the venues scattered across my hometown.

2016 has probably been the best Brighton Fringe yet for comedy. For years this coastal comedy fest has been seen as a place for comedians to come and present their works in progress, hoping to polish them up for Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This year many of the shows are fully fledged and I’ve seen some great shows from Sam Baines, Jane Postlethwaite, and Cheekykita among others.

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   BROW LOUNGE AT GOOD SHIP BENEFIT © BENEFIT COSMETICS UK

The Good Ship Benefit is quite a sight to behold, you can relax with a cocktail on the Hoola Deck, have dinner in the Lashitude restaurant or afternoon tea in the Brow Lounge, or perfect your skin in the Professional Vault By the end of this festival we expect to be fully beautified.

The latest and best comedy shows will be boarding the Good Ship Benefit for our preview festival, such as Tiffany Stevenson, Ellie Taylor, and Felicity Ward. We’re also welcoming back to our comedy bosom some fantastic Funny Women Awards alumni. Previous winners Desiree Burch and Jayde Adams will be testing their shows and comedy sea-legs. As well as Awards finalists Sam Baines, Lauren Pattison, Elf Lyons, Bisha K Ali, Viv Groskop, Ria Lina, Helen Monks and Sarah Keyworth.

Then it’s full steam ahead (see what I did there?) to … the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Will we survive it? Watch this space.

What is it like launching the Funny Women Awards? Read about Kate’s experience here in the very first entry of the Funny Women Diaries.