New comedy night with best from the Edinburgh Fringe

Andrew O'Neill
Andrew O'Neill

A new regular comedy night promises the best of new comedy from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, alongside some budding local acts.

Back In The Room Downstairs @ The White Rock Theatre launches on May 16 with stand-up, metal-head, transvestite Andrew O’Neill.

O’Neill is a regular on the comedy circuit, particularly at festivals such as Sonisphere, Reading and Leeds, Download and Bloodstock.

His TV appearances include Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Saxondale with Steve Coogan.

Back In The Room is hosted by Time Out Critics Choice and local favourite the glamorous bearded drag lady Timberlina, with a winning blend of homemade jam, good advice and top tips for make and do.

When not battling the allotment, Timberlina, who has been described as ‘Bill Nighy in a twinset’, deftly combines highly finessed shambolic humour with spontaneous rants and has been enthralling audiences nationally, internationally and now in East Sussex.

Hastings based producers B&R Productions are keen to develop local talent and have created Back In The Room ‘launch pad’ slots as the perfect opportunity for those wanting to break into the comedy scene to try out ideas and new material.

Up and coming sketch troupe Big Hands Men from Rye, Bexhill-based Ali Gen and Polly Ester, young comedian from Battle, David Seymour and student duo Don’t Slam The Door are all included in the line ups for May, June and July.

To get involve contact Chrissy on 01797 229 797 or email

Back in The Room continues on June 20 with Edinburgh Comedy Awards nominee James Acaster and ‘rising star’ (TimeOut) Nish Kumar on July 18. Tickets are available from or call 01424 462288.