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Phill Jupitus: Juplicity – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Frank Sinatra used to open his gigs by gazing at the audience and wondering aloud what all those people were doing in his room. One half-wonders if Phill Jupitus is taking the line literally. As the audience enters The Lowry, 20 minutes before the curtain goes up, Jupitus is already on stage with his back to them listening to records. ...

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Simon Evans: Genius – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nutall It’s a tough ask to announce yourself as the “Genius Simon Evans” prior to walking onstage. Immediately acknowledging this dilemma it feels like we will be in the safe hands of a comedian wishing to deconstruct intelligence and aptitude - nothing particularly original as David Gorman currently has a television series of the same name but one ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime From The Frontline – The Lowry, Salfor

Director:  Joe Douglas Reviewer: Paul Maguire There is much comedy and drama that comes out of adversity, and there can’t be many more wretched conditions in which to produce a stand up comedy show than a refugee camp in the West Bank. Mark Thomas, the veteran political comedian, activist and journalist brings to The Lowry his production, Showtime From the ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Director: Joe Douglas Writer: Mark Thomas Reviewer: Matt Forrest Mark Thomas has been performing stand-up comedy for 33 years. His shows have seldom deviated from a format whereby Thomas will take a story and recount it with him playing all the various characters - from activist to authority figure, freedom-fighter to slimy arms-dealer, Thomas would play them all. However, for ...

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David Baddiel: My Family, Not the Sitcom – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: David Baddiel Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Tonight The Lowry could be the setting for an awkward encounter. Back when comedy was said to be the new rock’n’roll  David Baddiel and Rob Rob Newman were the first comedy duo to sell out arenas . But the partnership did not end on friendly terms and tonight both of them are performing at ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline – mac, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Perhaps Marlon Brando, leader of The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in The Wild Ones, first lit his fuse. ‘Hey Johnny, what you rebelling against?’ ‘Whadda you got?’ Long has Mark Thomas been curdling the venal fat-cats’ cream and door-step embarrassment-bombing their corporate greed-fests. Be they arms dealers, polluters, even New Labour, his moniker as megaphone publicity socialist stuntman ...

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Lefty Scum – mac, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Evidently, tonight’s on-tour artists eschew Wilde’s pithy epigram – ‘The trouble with socialism is that it takes up too many evenings.’ Promising ‘music, comedy and Revolutionary socialism’ this affectionate rather than affected ensemble of agit-prop troubadours soon establishes two mercifully welcomed axioms. Not only do some Labour evangelists still retain a sense of humour without recourse to a ...

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Ed Byrne : Spoiler Alert – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Spoiler Alert holding a chainsaw the image is misleading. It is hard to think of a more amiable comedian; the only point in the evening when he comes close to losing his temper is due to a patron repeatedly using her mobile phone. This affable personality is at odds with the theme of the show which is ...

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