Doug Segal is one of a new breed of entertainers known as mentalists. He gets compared to Derren Brown a lot but as well as boggling your mind, Doug also has a comedic element to the show which many people find makes it even more enjoyable.
His 2012 Show, How to Read Minds and Influence People, won many awards including Best Cabaret at Brighton Fringe and a Three Weeks Editors Award for being one of the ten best things (out of 2,700) at the Edinburgh Fringe and so I put it to him that his star was on the rise.
The unexpected pressure of a meteoric rise or a highly successful debut album might be enough to make some bands quiver in their live boots but not Bastille who hit the Concorde 2 in Brighton with the kind of multi-layered skill of a band secure in their talents.
Over the next few days we’ll be posting postcards from various comedians appearing at Dave’s Brighton Comedy Festival. Our first one come’s from Lloyd Langford. Watch this space for more:
What are your top 5 things to do/ see in Brighton?
1) Watching Dan Atkinson spending over ten pounds on the pier trying to win a snow globe at the penny waterfalls.
2) Have Eggs Benedict at Nia. Delicious!
3) A snoop around Wax Factor on Trafalgar Street. Excellent choice of second hand music and books.
4) I like a stroll along the promenade in the sunshine.
5) Fish & chips at Harry Ramsden’s. He was a sort of Northern Ronald McDonald.
Which is your favourite bar?
The Komedia, after everyone else has left, and it’s just the comics and the staff.
What about your favourite restaurant?
I’m going to say Bill’s. I took the piss out of the manager at a gig once then she gave me a free meal.
Tell us a shop you love and what have you bought there?
Prowler. I’ll answer this question with a photo.
Tell us a little story – What’s your funniest, weirdest or happiest Brighton experience?
I got invited to a house party at Katie Price’s next door neighbour’s house that involved skinny dipping, fancy dress and indoor petanque with some sort of alcohol-based penalty system. That was pretty memorable.