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Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings – Paines Roundabout, Little Hulton

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Justin Moorhouse signals his arrival into this unique, homely venue ringing what is best described as a school bell, the sort used to herd school kids into class before the 1990’s. As Moorhouse points out no good news was ever given after a bell was rang; however that changes tonight with Moorhouse delivering a solid hour of stand-up ...

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Alex Boardman: What Eric Said – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It has been famously said that “You should never meet your heroes”, well in the case of Manchester comic and footy fan Alex Boardman, not only did he meet his hero, he was the opening act! I am of course referring to Eric Cantona, who in February of this year sold out four shows at the Lowry ...

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Mark Dean Quinn: My Heart on a Plate – Heroes @ The Hive, Edinburgh

mark dean quinn face on piece of toast

Writer: Mark Dean Quinn Reviewer: Faye Hadley Mark Dean Quinn’s My Heart on a Plate is nigh on impossible to sum up. A truly original hour, there is little one can describe about the show without potentially spoiling it. So let's just settle for saying that it is brilliant. This year Quinn has been nominated for the increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee ...

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John Robins: The Darkness of John Robins – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Writer: John Robins Reviewer: Faye Hadley Break ups are never easy. They are however fertile ground for creativity, which John Robins mines with aplomb. His latest show deals with the aftermath of his ‘flatmate’ leaving him and is consistently laugh out loud funny. Given their fame, most of the audience are aware that the break-up in question is Robins and ...

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Alexander Bennett’s Terrifying Smile – Heroes @ Dragonfly, Edinburgh

man in a ripped black suit

Writer: Alexander Bennett Reviewer: Faye Hadley Alexander Bennett, winner of the 1993 ‘Most Beautiful Baby’s Smile’ competition at Butlins, has had a tough year. These two facts form the basis of his latest stand up show. While the details of why 2016 proved to be so difficult are scarcely revealed, the show remains deeply personal and, for the most part, ...

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Thom Tuck: An August Institution – Heroes @ Dragonfly, Edinburgh

man posing on a bed

Reviewer: Faye Hadley As his aptly titled show suggests Thom Tuck is a staple of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This August, like many before it, he is appearing in numerous shows along with his solo stand-up. Embodying the anarchic spirit of the festival his performances encompass everything from indie band tribute acts to sketch shows. In his sixteenth consecutive Fringe and ...

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Dave Johns: I, Fillum Star – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

man in donkey jacket and black woollen hat

Reviewer: Matthew Farnham Dave Johns spent 30 years as a stand-up comic and just found fame, as a film star. John’s tell us the story of how a circuit comedian ended up in one of the worlds most revered and socially active films of 2016. With his Geordie accent and skilled story telling, Johns weaves through the unlikely tale of how ...

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Phill Jupitus: Achtung/Acting – The Stand 5, Edinburgh

phill jupitus dressed as sea captain and tweed suited

Reviewer: Matthew Farnham Phill Jupitus has spent the last 20 years wowing us with his quick witted banter on TV quiz shows, and this improv-styled question and answer session truly tests his limits. Jupitus demonstrates how quickly and deep his rabbit hole of a mind can turn an innocuous question into a discussion about the obscure. In his return to the Edinburgh ...

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