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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

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

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

Marek Larwood: Career Overview (2012)

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

The Invisible Dot: New Wave Tour 2012 (01/03/2012)

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 @ Frog & Bucket, 18/01/2012

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

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