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Archive for August, 2010

Legends of the Town

This town is choc-a-block with gay entertainers, and they’re not all drag queens – some are drag queens and comedians.

No, seriously, we’ve some off the country’s best acts, and they are a busy bunch. So, we’re putting together bio’s of the stars: a who’s who of the LGBT events scene: compares, comedians, and yes, drag queens.

Chris Green, and suit

Chris Green, and suit

First up: Chris Green

Performing as the well-known cowgirl and country star Tina C, and the pensioner/ rap fan Ida Barr, Chris Green is the talented frontman of the small but well-respected gay comedy scene.

There’s a huge audience baying for fresh comedy in this town, and he’s been driving the herd of gag chasers onward.

Every month there’s been a comedy night aimed fairly and squarely at the LGBT community. And Chris has been choreographing the chuckling from the start.

He established the event in 1998 at the Leicester Comedy Festival, the Brighton Festival and Manchester Mardi Gras, and turned it into one of only a few successful gay comedy nights in the UK.

Chris is as at home delivering political gags as he is banging out a huge numbers, but there’s always more. Singer, musician, songwriter, actor and playwright, Chris is multi-talented and about to make it on national radio.

His own show on Radio 4, starting on 29th September, is another milestone for one of Brighton’s favourite talents.

Tune in, you’ll get Ida Barr and her irreverent spiel on Hip Hop. And next on the radar is his inspired fictional documentary about Prince Harry’s overthrow of the monarchy.

Even though he’s not a resident, such endeavours easily take Chris into our ‘Legends of the Town’. For more about Chris, take a look here. And for more on Brighton’s LGBT community, check back with us.

Julian Clary does Brighton

Julian Clary - coming soon

Julian Clary - coming soon

Gay ‘A’ list celeb Julian Clary is on his way to Brighton! Although too late for Pride, he will be coming before three Texan tenors then leaving in the morning …

A groundbreaking glam entertainer, he managed to cross over the gay/ mainstream chasm in public entertainment, taking with him his smutty routines and intelligent, twisted innuendo.

Not an easy man to tie down (for an interview) he’s on the Ambassador’s hit list. So watch out, there’s likely to be more on Julian here.

For more of what’s on at the Theatre Royale this month and a potted history of the venue, look here.

THEATRE ROYALE-MONSTERS AND MUSICALS

Pride Party Pictures 1

Flags flying, whistles blowing, people dancing in the streets: it could only be Pride! Once again, it felt as if the UK’s entire LGBT community all got off the same train and took over the city. What a day! The party is far from over; there’s fun still to be had. So while you’re relaxing after a mad night, have a look at the link below for first batch of pictures.

Brighton Pride 2010

There are more to come, it’s just that we were partying too!

PRIDE PARTY PICTURES I

PRIDE PARTY PICTURES II

Giving Brighton the Finger!

Brighton MpNo, it’s not what you think it is! We just though it was time we took a sideways view of the regular tourist haunts the visiting LGBT throng will pass through.

Parading through town or wandering the streets looking for the next party, you’ll pass the five fingers of Brighton and enjoy all of them. It’s celebration time for the LGBT family, all Brighton welcomes you to Pride!

FOR THE FULL FIVE FINGERS