Sussex brewery join up with a talent-spotting comedy brand to bring stand-up to Horsham

On Saturday 7th May, in the picturesque St Mary’s Barn on The Causeway, Horsham, Brolly Brewing, along with Sam Carrington of The Smirk Experience, will be welcoming three talented comedians to the stage for a night of hilarious stand-up comedy.

This event is a first for the Wisborough Green based brewery, who have always been big fans of the comedy scene. After the success of their pop-up music gig with local musicians Thomas Holder & Eleanor Baker in February of this year; they are excited to combine their craft with another of ‘The Arts’ at this local Horsham based event.

Brook Saunders, Director of the award-winning Sussex brewery says, “Live arts have certainly suffered over the past 2 years during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are thrilled to provide a platform for these three awesome comedians to showcase their talent to a great local crowd.”

The comedy line-up will include James Dowdeswell, beer fanatic who grew up in a pub and authored a book named ‘The Pub Manifesto: A Comedian Stands up for Pubs’; Charmian Hughes, who studied clowning under Philippe Gaulier and Theatre de Complicite and was nominated Best Comedy Show at the Buxton Fringe in 2016; and Phil Kay, a hilarious Scotsman who, according to The Times “has been doing storytelling in his stand-up since before it was recognised as a sub-genre of the current scene”.

Tickets to this Smirk x Brolly Comedy Night cost £10 per person. The doors will open at 7pm, with the first act performing at 8pm. Tickets should be purchased in advance on the Brolly Brewing website to avoid disappointment. Brolly Brewing have a jam-packed schedule of events planned this Summer. Keep up-to-date with their latest event news on their social media pages: Facebook + Instagram, or check out their recent blog here.

Brolly Brewing are an award winning 2.5BBL brewery based in the rural village of Wisborough Green in West Sussex. As well as their own tap room, The Billi Tap, in Billingshurst, you will also find a range of their beers in a handful of local establishments around Horsham and beyond. See website for details. They are holding a number of beer + music events throughout the year and currently also offer a nationwide shipping service for their small pack cans + bottles.

The Smirk Experience was founded by Sam Carrington in 2017 to offer skills training to the corporate world from the realms of stand-up comedy. Sam tried stand-up for the first time in 2012 and loved it. He has played close to 1000 gigs, including three full runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With The Smirk Experience, he now promotes and mcs comedy nights for the public as well as participating in festivals and gigs as an independent comic.