Jonathon Dean

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Foxdog Studios @ XS Malarkey 29/03/2016

Foxdog Studios manage the impossible. They take musical comedy, IT consultancy and PAT testing, and somehow slam them together into something astonishingly entertaining. From the ludicrously complex set-up (involving multiple computers, wireless networks and miles of trailing cables) to the impressively bizarre set-pieces, Foxdog Studios are an absolutely unique act. Continue reading

Tanyalee Davis @ XS Malarkey, 01/03/2016

XS Malarkey is still one of Manchester’s greatest treasures. Despite numerous venue changes over the years, it still manages to retain its magical combination of low prices, great acts and great atmosphere, along with a longstanding commitment to giving newer acts a chance to share the stage with established performers. Continue reading

Laughing Cows @ Frog & Bucket, 18/12/2012

Laughing Cows Comedy has been promoting female stand-up acts across the country since 1998, and in that time has hosted a wide array of top-notch talents, including Jo Brand, Shappi Khorshandi, Isy Suttie and Jo Caulfield. Continue reading

Group Therapy Comedy @ Gorilla, Manchester, 29/09/2012

September saw the début of a brand new monthly comedy night in Manchester. Based in the bar/theatre Gorilla (formerly known as the Green Room), their mission statement is to provide a weekend comedy night for people who actually want to listen to the acts. No stag and hen parties, no heckling and no talking over the acts allowed here – the evening’s organisers have nine years’ experience organising comedy events, and have a genuine love of comedy that goes far beyond the usual goal of getting punters to the bar, and this night is for people who love comedy as much as they do. Continue reading

Norris & Parker’s Comedy Wake @ Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester, 26/07/2012

Another day of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, and another highly entertaining performance – this time from up-and-coming female sketch double-act Norris and Parker. Continue reading

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: “Boo-Lingerie” @ Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester, 20/07/2012

I’m going to get this out of the way first; I’m a gigantic fan of the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, and was delighted when they appeared on the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival bill. This is perhaps the ninth time I’ve seen them, and part of me is still surprised when Kev F. Sutherland steps out from behind the tartan screen and takes a bow at the end. There is something about the hosiery double-acts’ clearly defined personalities that absolutely fools you into believing that they are two separate entities. Continue reading

Freestyle Fictionary @ SandBar, Manchester, 11/07/2012

Part of the inaugural Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, Freestyle Fictionary is one of the less traditional comedy performances going; think “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” or “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue”, but performed entirely through rap, and you’re on the right lines. Continue reading

“Your Name Here…” @ Frog & Bucket, 04/07/2012

If this show is any indication of the quality of acts likely to be at Edinburgh this year, it should be a fantastic year; “Your Name Here…” gave the surprisingly busy Wednesday-night audience just a taster of six shows bound for the Edinburgh Fringe, and when the time came for the audience to vote on their favourite act, it took me a few minutes to decide. The talent on display here was impressive and consistent throughout the acts – whoever’s job it is to choose acts to display at these things certainly knows quality when they see it. Continue reading

Manchester Fringe 2012

And so begins the first Greater Manchester Fringe Festival…

Following Edinburgh’s lead, plenty of cities throughout the UK now have a Fringe Festival, so why not Manchester? This thinking has led a number of venues throughout Greater Manchester, each already renowned in the local area for being great supporters of live comedy, drama and music, to come together and create the first annual Greater Manchester Fringe Festival this year. Continue reading

Michael Legge & Phill Jupitus Edinburgh Festival previews @ XS Malarkey, 18/06/2012

In the run-up to this year’s Edinburgh Festival, comedians up and down the country prepare their shows, hone them to comedy perfection in time for them to be performed to an audience of six people in the back room of an Edinburgh pub. While the shows are unfinished, they provide a good idea of what the audiences at Edinburgh can expect, but with a little less polish. Continue reading

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