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Josh Howie’s Messed Up – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter 

Writer &Performer: Josh Howie  Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts  Josh Howie wants to find what presses our buttons. He revels in it, and why not? It is endlessly fascinating what some people find 'too far' in the realms of comedy and where we all differ drawing the line.   Throughout this hour-long show, we are treated to a tongue in cheek insight into Howie's life. The married father of four tells us stories ranging from the ...

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Griff Rhys Jones: Jones and Smith – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Griff Rhys Jones says he doesn’t like going to parties, which is strange because coming out of this show feels just like leaving one – a party full of middle-aged friends at which the jovial host has shared some funny stories and you’ve all been pleasantly reminded of things that happened, and people you knew, 25 years ...

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The Boy With Tape On His Face Is Tape Face – The Lowry, Salford

Sam Willis as Tape Face

  Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Earlier this year Sam Wills performed on America's Got Talent with a change to his stage name. He shortened his usual title from The Boy with Tape on his Face to simply Tape Face. One might have assumed this was purely for the benefit of Americans who struggle with long phrases but the title of his ...

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As Funny As Cancer – Bike Shed, Exeter

Writer and performer: Beth Vyse Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts What do breast cancer and Deal or No Deal have in common? Beth Vyse is here to explain all in her solo show, As Funny As Cancer. On the way in the audience is greeted by a loud American woman in a large blond wig, each person welcomed and given a ping ...

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Angelos and Barry: The Power Generation – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Comedians Alex Lowe and Daniel Skinner have separately appeared in some of Britain’s best, and much loved television comedies. Lowe having appeared in The Fast Show and Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, while Skinner has done guest slots in The Office Christmas specials and The Armstrong and Miller Show, it would be fair to say these two have ...

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Jeremy Hardy – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Jeremy Hardy takes to the Lowry stage dressed in black shirt, black trousers and a pair of black trainers. “I’m Johnny Cash, ” he announces. Instead, he is a man in a black humour about most of modern politics and many aspects of modern society - especially anything remotely right wing. The first half of the show ...

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Jason Byrne: Propped Up – The Lowry Theatre

Reviewer: Marie Smith Jason Byrne is “Propped Up” is a brand new show from the very experienced, very funny, highly acclaimed, side-splitting, feel good comedian. Byrne brings back his warmth and generous stagecraft with even more props and silly humour and his famous white suit.  Recently on his British and Irish tour he reintroduced his prop comedy mixed with his ...

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Nina Conti: In Your Face – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Lizz Clark It's fair to say that ventriloquism doesn't usually attract audiences the way that straight stand-up does. Mostly it just isn't very cool. But Nina Conti definitely is, strutting around the stage in high-heeled boots and a stylish minidress. Her show In Your Face, which is touring following a residence at the West End's Criterion Theatre, mixes some ...

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