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Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest  It was a case of “double your pleasure double your fun” in Salford tonight as The Lowry welcomed not one but two comedians’ for a joint headline show: Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffell have decided to take their headline Edinburgh shows on the road together. Up first is Ruffell with her show Common: a funny, heartfelt look ...

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Richard Herring: The Best – The Old Rep, Birmingham

Reviewer:  George Attwell Gerhards Nobody likes the last episode in the series of Mock the Week. It is almost always a tawdry mix of highlights from previous episodes, best-of segments and ‘previously unseen’ (normally for a reason) material. Richard Herring’s current stand-up tour, The Best, is a long-form live version of this formula. Over the past fifteen years Herring has ...

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Rory Bremner: Partly Political – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It seems odd these days that most stand-up comedians have to introduce themselves before arriving on stage: so when the announcer heralds Rory Bremner’s imminent entrance in a broad northern accent, you would be forgiven for thinking“wow Bremner is pushing the boat out tonight”, but then you realize it’s Bremner himself and a timely reminder at just ...

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Andy Zaltzman: Plan Z – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It would be fair to say that 2016 will be remembered as one of the most tumultuous years in British and World politics and one that was remembered less fondly by the audience of the Studio theatre. A quick survey by our host Andy Zaltzman is pretty unanimous that 2016 was pretty rubbish for all concerned. However ...

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Danny Baker: From The Cradle To The Stage – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Danny Baker does not so much acknowledge as boast about his inability to stick to a script or adhere to a timetable. He cheerfully points out that, in an effort to keep him on schedule, management has installed a clock on stage. It doesn’t help. The title From The Cradle To The Stage suggests a theatre show ...

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Brennan Reece: Everglow – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Winner of the English Comedian of the Year in 2015 and nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival in 2016, Brennan Reece brings his debut comedy show Everglow to his hometown of Manchester. Nestled in the cosy but completely packed out Lowry studio, Reece opens the show by humbly conveying his thanks for (another) sold out ...

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Comedy Club 4 Kids – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It is exactly what is says in the title. Why should stand-up comedy only be for adults? Don’t children appreciate the art of someone standing on stage and trying to make them laugh? Stand-up comedy for children is not a new phenomenon. James Campbell has been a professional stand-up comic specialising in a younger audience for years ...

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How (Not) to Live in Suburbia – Soho Theatre, London

How Not to Live In Suburbia - Annie Siddons

Writer: Annie Siddons Director: Justin Audibert and Nicki Hobday Reviewer: Maryam Philpott London, for those who live there, is the absolute centre of the world. It’s full of life, art, culture and all kinds of fun you can imagine, so the idea of moving away is inconceivable. Except one day we’ll almost certainly have to when marriage, children and a ...

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