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Sampled Festival: Day 1 – The Junction, Cambridge

Reviewer: Flip Miller   This is one of the first festivals of the season and there is not a wellie or any mud in sight. The premise of the festival is to showcase samples - hence Sampled Festival, of artistic works from up and coming artists. The organisation of the festival is timed with unusual precision. The transition from performance ...

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Paul Merton: Out of My Head – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:3.5] Billed as his first live stand up this century and long being a fan of Paul Merton’s wit and improvisational skills on hit television shows like “Have I Got News for You” and “Whose Line is it Anyway?” I was unsure what to expect of this show. Merton’s comedy has long revolved around the surreal, and ...

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Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer, director and performer: Kev F Sutherland Reviewer: Laura Stimpson [Rating:4.5] Who’d have thought that going to see a man with a pair of socks on his hands could be so much fun? Guaranteed to laugh your socks off, the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre arrived in Square Chapel, Halifax for one night only as part of their UK tour. ...

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Dara O’Briain: Craic Dealer – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Clare Boswell [rating: 4]   Dara O’Briain certainly has to be one of the busiest comedians working in the UK at the moment. As well as heading up TV shows ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘The Apprentice You’re Fired’, O’Briain is also currently embarking upon a gruelling UK tour culminating in a 5-day run at the London Hammersmith Apollo in ...

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The Laughing Sole Comedy Club – The Public, West Bromwich

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] The Laughing Sole club – with its supportive and less offensive ethos – returned to The Public at West Bromwich last night. The small audience were treated to another night of stand-up. The well tried and successful formula of compere Barbara Nice, a headline act, an established support act and a newcomer was repeated. On this ...

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The Return of Boothby Graffoe – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: James Martyn Rogers Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3.5] Comedians use the occasional song to add variety to their act. Boothby Graffoe does the reverse – music dominates his performance. He goes so far as to enlist the support of talented multi-instrumentalist Nick Pynn to boost the sound of the show. Less successfully he uses, and comes into conflict with, pre-recorded ...

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