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

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

Seymour Mace & Sarah Millican @ XS Malarkey, 17/01/2012

“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

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