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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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Ed Gamble: Mammoth – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Completing his usual month-long run at The Edinburgh International Festival Ed Gamble is on a mammoth tour. Well, he is on tour and mammoth is the name of his show. A growing televisual presence may mean his face his familiar but his name not hugely known outside the stand-up comedy circuit. A comic, writer and actor his ...

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Speakout Laughout – Cantina Royal, New York

Host: Sriya Sarkar Reviewer: Jamie Rosler It's not easy to get people to attend a stand-up comedy and storytelling show about abortion. One would be forgiven for thinking it's not easy to get people to laugh at a stand-up comedy and storytelling show about abortion, once they get there. Speakout Laughout, as part of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, does a ...

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Thaddeus Bent’s Fear-tre of Fear – 81 Renshaw, Liverpool.

Writer: Thaddeus Bent Reviewer: Daryl Holden Imagine a world filled with tales of haunted sheds and breweries with the entrance to Hell itself beneath them. A world where madness and sanity go hand in hand. What you’re imagining, is a world of Thaddeus Bent’s design. From the moment Bent walks into the blackened room, holding the torch of a mobile ...

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Jim Alsbalstian’s (Post) Human Zoo – 81 Renshaw, Liverpool

two men behind bars

Devisers and Writers: Sean Stokes and Liam Hale Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Is making people laugh a good enough reason to put someone on the preservation list when the world is doomed? That is the premise of this offering at the Liverpool Comedy Festival. This black-edged show moves at a frolicsome pace looking at several scenarios dealing with the subject of ...

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