One third of unashamedly silly comedy trio We are Klang (along with Steve Hall and the towering Greg Davies), the fantastically named Marek Larwood is an award-winning comic in his own right (having won the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year award back in 2003; beating Welsh wonder Rhod Gilbert into third place). Continue reading
Last month I previewed the Invisible Dot’s New Wave Tour, which shines a light on some rising stars of comedy. The first show of the tour, which took place in the John Thaw studio, a stage in the University of Manchester’s centre for drama and dance, was even better than I was expecting it to be. Continue reading
Glenn Wool stands triumphant in a Guns’n’Roses t-shirt as the self-confessed “scruff” turns in a stunning performance at Manchester’s Frog and Bucket comedy club. Continue reading
“I’ve never killed a man!” seems a strange choice for a catch-phrase, but it’s one that compère Toby Hadoke somehow found himself adopting for the evening. His usual charmingly eccentric and blustering self peppering the warm-up and linking sections with self-commentary, and bringing the new sections of the audience on-side – those of us who are regulars at the club already know and love Toby, but those turning up primarily to see a celebrity guest for cheap take a little more convincing. Continue reading
Manchester’s Frog and Bucket, like many comedy clubs, holds a regular WIP (Work In Progress) night, for acts to try out new material. Often this is for some of the larger acts working on routines for a new tour, or even for their next Edinburgh Fringe Festival show. This month, however, it was taken over by a special show; some of the stars of this year’s Royal Variety performance in Salford graced the stage, both for a last-minute test-run of their material, and to raise money for Cancer Research UK – with all ticket fees for the sold-out event going to the charity. Continue reading
As much as we all love big-name stars and acts honed to perfection by years of experience, it can be easy to forget that every act has to start somewhere. The household names playing the sell-out tours of the future are out there somewhere right now, playing unpaid gigs in student boozers and comedy club open-mic nights, and as comedy fans we have a duty to lend them as much support as we can.
I spoke to Pete Otway, this year’s winner (and, having seen him on several occasions, deservedly so) of the Frog and Bucket’s new talent competition; the Beat the Frog World Series about his techniques, ambitions and his career so far; Continue reading
Manchester’s Frog and Bucket comedy club has been the springboard for many a promising comic’s career, helping to launch the likes of Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas and Alan Carr to celebrity status. Continue reading