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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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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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