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Simon Amstell:  What is this? – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul McGuire Simon Amstell is a creative polymath, perhaps best known as a presenter of Popworld and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He is also a prolific writer, actor, author, director, producer and as is seen in tonight’s incarnation, a stand-up comedian In the past, his comedy has successfully drawn parallels with Woody Allen, angst-ridden and therapy obsessed and also ...

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Lee Nelson: Serious Joker –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Breathe a sigh of relief people for Lee Nelson is out of ‘the clink’, well more accurately the man behind Nelson....comedian Simon Brodkin has been released following his invasion of the Tory party conference, where he rather cheekily gave Theresa May her marching orders. The last time we saw Brodkin he was being escorted out of the ...

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Jon Culshaw: The Great British Take Off – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham At one time it was possible for impressionists to satisfy their audience simply by approximating the accent and mannerisms of a particular personality and rattling off the occasional catchphrase. Nowadays audiences are more discerning and require a context and script before they will be happy. The autobiographical approach taken by Jon Culshaw in his current show The ...

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Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room – The Lowry, Salford

Katherine Ryan

Reviewer: Sarah Holt Katherine Ryan is single and she beats around no bushes in informing the audience that this is what her Glitter Room show is all about. The topic of singledom is nothing new in comedy, but Canadian Ryan – who regularly appears on television panel shows like Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You – ...

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Milton Jones is Out There – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Milton Jones edges sideways on the stage dressed as Great Britain. It’s exactly what the audience expects from this Radio 4 and TV favourite who has built his career on a surrealist sense of humour and an endless supply of puns and one-liners. The audience – a pretty full house in the Lowry’s huge Lyric Theatre - ...

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Mitch Benn: Don’t Fear the Reaper – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Is Mitch Benn a cheat? That is how some stand-up comedians describe Benn’s style of musical comedy. In fact, comedy luminary Daniel Kitson went as far as to describe the guitar as ‘the cheating stick’. Benn himself explains that for a straight stand up comic to bring the house down they have to be an absolute master ...

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Jimeoin: Ridiculous – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “My name’s Jimeoin but I’m not sure if I’m saying it right” Jimeoin tells us two minutes in. It’s a joke he must have told hundreds of times throughout his twenty-five year stand-up career. It really is quite a ridiculous stage name to add to the overall ridiculousness of the man himself. Jimeoin (pronounced Jim Owen) in ...

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Simon Day: In Character – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Simon Day’s In Character show on a Sunday night at The Lowry has drawn a disappointingly small audience. There’s a surprising lack of atmosphere in the first ten minutes of his character comedy set, despite him kicking off with one of his oldest, best-known characters – The Fast Show’s pub bore, Billy Bleach. Day stumbles through a ...

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