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All Killa No Filla – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Lizz Clark  True crime podcasts are now so popular that the satirical website The Onion recently sent up the genre with six-part spoof A Very Fatal Murder. But All Killa No Filla, hosted by comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean, isn't a typical example of the form. While it covers all the serial killer stories that aficionados might expect ...

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Barbara Nice’s Raffle – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Reviewer:  John Kennedy Barbara Nice: a comfort-blanket name for the champion of common people. Rather too conveniently compared to Victoria Wood and Mrs Merton, tonight she invites us to up the stakes and take a flutter on Lady Luck. No neon glitz Vegas hedonistic abandon here, mind. This is an alt.adrenaline, no-nonsense raffle that promises tombola Tom-foolery in spades. The ...

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Ahir Shah: Control – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Reviewer: John Kennedy There’s been much-impassioned talk of taking back control, to reclaim sovereignty over the endangered institutions that are allegedly the bedrock of British freedom - unless those holding office in those institutions run out of control and their heterodoxies render them ‘Traitors’ and ‘Mutineers’. Clearly, self-control, like the Devil that is currently poking his red-hot pitch-fork into all ...

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Graham Fellows: Completely Out of Character – mac, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Graham Fellows’ best-loved alter-ego ‘domestic philosopher’ John Shuttleworth, the Sheffield based aspirational local radio DJ/singer-songwriter, occupies the greyer frequency on the OCD spectrum. His cult status as an astute chronicler of life’s vicissitudes reached its zenith with the inspired refrain ‘Two margarines on the go/It’s a nightmare scenario.’ Sung to a Yamaha keyboard, this kitchen-based perishable goods hiatus ...

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Ahir Shah: Control – The Lowry, Salford.

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Ahir Shah is a comedian on an upward trajectory. This show, Control , was nominated for The Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly known as The Perrier Award) at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. He has been described as ‘One of his generation’s most eloquent comedy voices’. He refers to himself as a philosophical stand-up comedian and is ...

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James Acaster: Classic Scrapes – The Lowry, Salford

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Reviewer: Matt Forrest You will probably be more familiar with James Acaster than you think; numerous appearances on Mock the Week and spots on Q.I and Live at the Apollo have certainly helped boost his profile and will see him forever more be a part of the comedy merry-go-round that is TV channel Dave. However, it is radio where Acaster ...

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Barbara Nice: Christmas Special – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Janice Connolly Reviewer: Dave Cunningham A refrain that runs through Barbara Nice’s Christmas Special  is ‘Are you comfortable?’  Well for much of the show it felt uncomfortably like I was playing a game where everybody but me knew the rules. Janice Connolly’s character Barbara Nice is a caricature of a middle-aged housewife and mother of five. Connolly’s live show ...

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Margaret Cho: Fresh Off the Bloat – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Margaret Cho is a rape survivor – between the age of five and twelve, she was sexually abused by a family member. Which makes family reunions "awkward as", technically, she and her abuser never broke up. It is a joke that is typical of Margaret Cho- abrasive, shocking, confrontational and breaking through the barriers of what might ...

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