Comedians wanted for Stand Up Eastbourne

Russell Kane.
Russell Kane.

A COMEDY club in Eastbourne wants local funny men and witty women to take to the mic and prove they could be the new Michael McIntyre or John Bishop.

Stand Up Eastbourne takes place on the first Thursday of the month at Printers in Station Street, with gag-hungry revellers enjoying stand-up sets from two up-and-coming comedians and a well-known headliner.

The night is the sister of the hugely successful Stand Up Hastings evening, which has gone from strength to strength since its launch the best part of four years ago.

The woman behind the monthly show, Gillian Payne, has spread her comedic wings to the Sunshine Coast – with the pair of venues in Hastings and Eastbourne pulling in a host of top class headliners such as Jim Jefferies, Russell Kane and Shappi Khorsandi.

Now though she is turning her attention to tracking down the best local talent to appear alongside the professional comics.

One of the most popular parts of the Hastings night has been the open slot, more often than not performed by budding comics from 1066 Country.

But, despite Stand Up Eastbourne now establishing itself on the local comedy circuit, volunteers for the five minute launch-pad have been backward in coming forward.

But Mrs Payne hopes an appeal in the Herald can tempt a few wannabe Jimmy Carrs out of the woodwork.

“There must be plenty of funny people here in Eastbourne,” she said. “It may seem like a daunting prospect but getting up on stage is half the battle. “All they need is five minutes of their own, original material and a willingness to give it a go.

“The open slots we have had in Hastings have gone really well. The crowds are always a lot kinder with the amateurs than the pros and rather than heckle, people really get behind the open slot. Everyone wants them to do well.

“Doing stand-up is something a lot of people think they could do but never actually have a go at – but I would really recommend it. It is great fun and an amazing buzz.”

Anyone who thinks they have what it takes should either head down to the next Stand Up Eastbourne night in the first week of October, or email Mrs Payne on