Brighton’s budding home of comedy, the Caroline of Brunswick is a spirited and characterful pub to see live acts. Many famous entertainers have performed there, often practising new material or warming up for the renowned Edinburgh Fringe. The pub’s programme is not exclusive to comedy however, as many flock there to hear live alternative music.
The likes of Rhod Gilbert, Richard Herring and Joe Wilkinson are some of the names that have made this venue a place of comedy gold. Beyond established comedians, local and up-and-coming acts dish out the jokes at the monthly Open Mic Comedy evenings and female comics take over the Caroline at Funny Girls, where audiences can expect to hear the likes of stand up, musical comedy to improv.
There are other special events drawing in local or unheard-of talent, such as Cabaret Lab, where you can see anything from burlesque to dance. You can also take part in the Caz Music Quiz or see what’s coming up in the form of live music, with gigs ranging from acoustic and experimental to DJ sets and dancing at weekends. Many of Caroline’s acts specialise in comedy in drag, as the pub shows its support for the LGBTQ community.
The pub can be traced as far back as the 1820s, and previously wore the title ‘Star of Brunswick’ and ‘Leek and Winkle’. It was later changed to ‘Caroline of Brunswick’ under new ownership, named after King George VI’s wife who was famed for disobeying orders and being a Brighton outcast. The new name perfectly channeled the new management’s objectives of providing a safe place for all of the city’s outcasts to come together and enjoy.