DRIVE-IN COMEDY LIVE with JOHN ROBBINS , Marcel Lucont, Kate Smurthwaite, James Alderson

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  • The South of England Showground


  • Comedy, Date Night and Fun Time Partying
  • Tickets from £10.00 - £45.00
  • Background Music
  • Over 17
  • Sat, 1st Aug 2020 @ 13:30 - 16:00
  • 13:30 - 16:00

john robins

  Mc james alderson / marcel lucont / kate smurthwaite

GATES OPEN - 11:30 / SHOW STARTS - 13:30

Cinestock have teamed up with award winning Grinstock Comedy Club and Mirth Control Comedy to bring you some of the biggest drive-in comedy line-ups in our COMEDY IN CARS summer of events, with over 32 acts performing across 8 shows on 4 individual days in August, you don't need to worry about missing your favourite live comedy club nights or the Edinburgh fringe this year.

From the creators of the World's First INDOOR Drive-in cinema, we bring you shows packed full of world class performers, fit for headlines slots at any festival from the world of Comedy

Take a look over our line-ups and get ready for a summer packed full of laughter. As the UK’s longest independent provider of Drive-in & Open Air Cinema events, with over 8 years behind us, you’re in safe and well experienced hands when it comes to drive-in based events.



As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News / Live at the Apollo/ 8 Out of 10 Cats & Mock the Week to name a few.

In 2011, Robins performed stand-up on Russell Howard's Good News.[6] On television he has also appeared on Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (twice, plus the unaired pilot), Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Live from the BBC, Celebrity Deal or No Deal with Sarah Millican and on the 2013 Christmas mash-up of 8 Out of 10 Cats and Deal or No Deal.

Robins won Best Compère at the 2015 Chortle Awards.

In August 2017, Robins won (jointly with Hannah Gadsby) the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his show that year, "The Darkness of Robins", which focused on the breakdown of his relationship with comedian Sara Pascoe and his personal life after the break-up.

Robins currently hosts a weekly Radio show on BBC 5 Live (with Elis James) every Friday afternoon.


Regard as one of the best MC currently on the circuit, James has supported Dane Baptiste on his UK tour as well as Jo Brand the year before that, whilst also filming a new Sky Christmas comedy show, which aired in the UK last Christmas, a firm favourite of ours and am sure soon to be one of yours.


As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News/ Comedy Central & Live at the Electric

One of France’s leading live comedians, internationally praised and performed, as a stand-up comedian he's appeared on John Bishop's 2014 Christmas Show, Set List, Russell Howard's Good News and various stand-up shows on Comedy Central. He was also a regular on series 2 and 3 of Live at the Electric.

In New Zealand he has been a panellist on Best Bits and 7 Days.

He has made radio appearances on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 4 Extra Stands Up and BBC Radio 1's Phil And Alice's Comedy Lounge.

Trust us your going to love him, he’s made huge waves in the UK comedy scene and they’re still rippling now.


Named one of the 10 best things about the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 / With over two thousand TV appearances under her belt.

Kate Smurthwaite is a left wing, feminist, atheist, polyamorous comedian and activist. She is also the host and star of the News at Kate video series.

 She performs stand-up comedy all over the UK and around the world. In 2013 she won a Three Week's Editor's Choice Award naming her one of the ten best things about the Edinburgh Fringe. As well as appearing on more than two thousand TV and radio shows from Question Time to Breaking The News, Kate has also written for TV, radio and web series including Have I Got News For You and BBC3’s BAFTA-winning The Revolution Will Be Televised.


For our outside arena shows for 200 cars, we have separated the ticket options to accommodate everyone’s price point. We’ve got four different areas with four different price points, from up close and personal with the Gold & Silver tickets to our Bronze main area tickets and then we have our super saver cooper priced tickets.

All our tickets start as a car with a minimum of two passengers per vehicle, even if attending on your own we have to charge the minimum two people per car due to limit space alongside world class entertainment. Every additional ticket after the first two is at a reduced price and is set also on the area you are placed in.

All parking in each section is worked out on a first come first served basis, meaning you will be parked on a first come first placed system, this is the only way we can accommodate such high number of cars and be able to turn around two shows per afternoon.

Gold Band Tickets –

These are our closest parking spaces to the stage, starting at only 4 meters from stage and the furthest being 10 meters from stage. If your looking for that up-close festival feel, then these are a must have ticket.

Silver Band Tickets –

Also, closely placed to the stage, these silver band tickets start from 18 meters from the stage, giving you a great close view.

Bronze Band Tickets –

Our main area within the arena, all excellently placed spots with clear view lines to the stage, starting from just 30 meters back from stage.

Cooper Band Tickets –

Our copper band tickets are our super saver, excellent priced tickets to world class entertainers in a 1000 people show setup, placed at the back but all with great view lines of the stage.


That's right at Cinestock we believe that if we have not been able to start the show, then we will refund 100% of your ticket AND booking fee, so you can purchase those great advance ticket deals, with no worries or concerns about anything on the night.

Especially relevant during the current COVID-19 times, with the situation constantly changing we at Cinestock want to make sure that you can book with the confidence, knowing that if the situation changes and we have to cancel the screening due to anything your get your money back in full, including your booking fee.


APP based ordering & payment only

As always at our events, we’ve teamed up with excellent food and drink suppliers, just like the classic American drive-ins of old, all food and drink is delivered to your car. With the current Covid-19 situation, all food and drink must be ordered through our APP only, and paid for on the APP to ensure we provide a minimum contact event at all times whenever possible.

You can see our fantastic food options on our website, where you will also be able to download our APP. 

On the day of the screening or live event that you are attending, the APP will be working in advance for drink orders only. For all other food items, these you can order once you have parked in your spot.


Please pay strict attention to the show times as well as the opening times to ensure you arrive well before the show starts and not to early, so your sitting around longer then you need before we allow entry of cars to the events. 

(Please note the gates open up to 2 hours before the show start time to allow for the parking of 200 cars, please ensure not to arrive before this time and no later then 45 minutes before your show start time)


For our Live Comedy shows we have an age restriction of 17 and over, but must be accompanied with an adult of over 18 years of age.


The South of England Showground, West Sussex

One of the South’s and the UK's largest event spaces, set in over 150 acres of farm land, the South of England Showground is perfectly located in the heart of the South East. 


To ensure everyone’s safety at the current time we have implemented some changes and some must adhere to rules to protect everyone.

  1. Firstly, tickets are only purchasable either online in advance or on the gate and by card only.
  2. When you arrive onsite you will enter our queuing system, this is set up so that you and our staff will always be separated at over 2 meters. Please ensure that you do not leave your car until you are parked in your designated viewing spot inside the arenas, and then you are only to leave your vehicle to access the toilets.
  3. If attending one of our live comedy or music events, then we have provided a space next to each vehicle for you to enjoy the shows outside of your vehicle. This will be possible as long as government allows us to do continue to do so. Please bring small garden chairs or bean bags for your comfort, which can be placed in the area provided by your cars. ( Space next to vehicle is 4.6 meters long by 2 meters wide)
  4. Once you are parked up the windows on the passenger side or left-hand side of the car, must be kept up at all times.
  • REMEMBER the only reason to leave your car during any of our events, is to access the toilets, other than that we are under strict government guidance and rules that no other movement around the arenas is allowed.

FAQ’s and T&C’s

An extensive FAQ section can be found on our website, as well as all our terms and conditions of business. Please take the time to have a look at these, especially before emailing us, in case the answer to your question can be found there.





Ticket Event time Cost
Gold Band STANDARD Car Ticket - Including 2 passengers

Our premium ticket space for the closer position to the stage, starting at 4 meters from the stage.

13:30 - 16:00 £45.00
Gold Band Additional Passenger Ticket

Our gold band additional passenger ticket, for every passenger over the included 2 passengers that comes with a Gold standard car ticket. One per every extra person in the car

13:30 - 16:00 £15.00
Silver Band STANDARD CAR ticket - including 2 passengers

Our next closest parking position and view, still right up front and close to the stage, starting at 18 meters from the stage

13:30 - 16:00 £36.00
Silver Band Additional Passenger ticket

Our additional silver band passenger ticket, one for every extra person on top of the 2 passengers included with the silver standard car ticket is required.

13:30 - 16:00 £12.50
Bronze Band STANDARD CAR ticket - includes 2 passengers

Our excellent value and still great position and view tickets, starting at 30 meters from stage

13:30 - 16:00 £28.00
Bronze Band Additional Passenger ticket

Our bronze additional passenger tickets, for every additional passenger on top of the 2 passengers included with the bronze standard car ticket.

13:30 - 16:00 £10.00
Cooper Band STANDARD CAR ticket - Includes 2 passengers

Our great value and still great view line rear parking lot seats, offering excellent value to our world class shows.

13:30 - 16:00 £20.00
Cooper Band Additional Passenger ticket

Our cooper additional passenger tickets, for every additional passenger on top of the 2 passengers included in the cooper standard car ticket

13:30 - 16:00 £10.00



The South of England Showground, Selsfield Rd,, Haywards Heath, RH17 6TH


Grinstock Comedy Club
Grinstock Comedy is now in it's 11th year of proving award winning comedy on your doorstep, twice nominated for comedy club of the South by DAVE TV & Absolute Radio. We pride ourselves on our award winning line-ups and also being not only the largest independent but also running our club from one of the grandest rooms around. We offer private hire packages which we have been undertaking for 9 years across the country.


T&C s

1. The ticket holder voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which the ticket is issued, whether occurring prior, during or after the event. The ticket holder voluntarily agrees that the management, venue, event participants, DesignMyNight (WFL Media Ltd) and all of their respective agents, officers, directors, owners and employers are expressly released by the ticket holder from any claims arising from such causes.
2. Tickets are issued subject to the rules and regulations of the venue.
3. Please check your tickets, as mistakes cannot always be rectified.
4. Occasionally, events are cancelled or postponed by the promoter, team, performer or venue for a variety of reasons. If the event is cancelled, please contact us for information on receiving a refund from the responsible party. If the event was moved or rescheduled, the venue or promoter may set refund limitations. It is your responsibility to ascertain the date and time of any rearranged event.
5. The venue reserves the right to refuse admission and may on occasion have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of the patrons.
6. Every effort to admit latecomers will be made at a suitable break in the event, but admission cannot always be guaranteed.
7. We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase.
8. Tickets are sold subject to the venue or promoter's right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its control without being obliged to refund monies or exchange tickets.
9. If this ticket is re-sold or transferred for profit or commercial gain by anyone other than the promoter, venue management, DesignMyNight or one of their authorised sub-agents, it will become voidable and the holder may be
refused entry to or ejected from the venue.
10. The venue may operate a No Smoking Policy.
11. The promoter, venue management and DesignMyNight accept no responsibility for any personal property.
12. The event listed on the purchased ticket is strictly for ticket holders who are over 18 years of age. Identification may be required.

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DRIVE-IN COMEDY LIVE with JOHN ROBBINS , Marcel Lucont, Kate Smurthwaite, James Alderson
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