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Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress and Misfit – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The life of Emma Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson, seems an unlikely topic around which to build a stand-up show. But then Shappi Khorsandi’s personality does not seem best suited to academic research and neutral presentation.  Khorsandi presents herself, and may actually be, a bit scatter-brained. Efforts to build a rapport with the audience are hindered by ...

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Appropriate Adult – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Appropriate Adult is a show for grown-ups.  This is not simply because Kiri Pritchard Mclean’s script is highly profane and occasionally features coarse expressions but rather that it is beautifully constructed and gradually builds to cover themes of class consciousness and social responsibility in a manner that is thought-provoking without ever detracting from the comedy. Kiri Pritchard Mclean ...

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Count Arthur Strong: Is Alive and Unplugged –  The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Writer and comedian Steve Delany has been performing as his alter ego Count Arthur Strong for well over 20 years now. Despite the Count’s failed attempts to crack the acting world, and his career dying on its arse, this comedic creation seems to go from strength to strength with several radio programmes, his very own BBC sitcom, ...

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Randy Writes a Novel – Theatre Row (The Clurman Theatre), New York

[Randy Writes A Novel] [Theatre Row, NYC] (c)Chris McDonald

Writer: Randy Director: Randy Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Randy is a globetrotting vegan from Australia making headlines with his stand-up comedy. Randy also happens to be a purple puppet, who wrote a novel, that he would very much like to share with New York audiences at Theatre Row. A one-puppet performance, Randy commands the stage for anywhere from seventy to one ...

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Creator: Phil Croft Reviewer: Simon Topping Hope Springs is laid out before us; a cactus, some tiny saloon doors and a wide painted American vista, fabulously created by Phil Croft, tell the audience we are in the wild west now, cowboy country. As the lights go up on stage Rosco "Black Jack" Porter, a washed up, rough and tumble outlaw ...

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Bridget Christie – What Now? – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Bridget Christie’s recent Radio 4 series saw her at the top of her game. After years on the stand-up circuit with decidedly hit and miss shows that ranged from surreal nonsense to political rant, she seemed to have really discovered her own voice, delivering brilliantly cynical comedy that poked fun at her own liberal elitism in a ...

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Tony Law: Absurdity for the Common People –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Law’s routine is anchored by his time as a semi-professional trampolinist. He, along with Vladimir Putin, put trampolining on the map during the 1970’s. From this, we get a whole host of stories about convoys across the Atlantic during World War 2, which contained nothing but hot tubs, masturbating gorillas, and how he met a creature with ...

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Rob Auton: The Hair Show – The Stand, Glasgow

Writer: Rob Auton Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Humour is a subjective matter, which is always worth remembering before entering into the murky den of The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow. Rob Auton, in his Hair Show, proves that his quirky comedy may not be to everyone’s tastes but is undeniably clever. Rob Auton’s zany trip into his head is preceded by ...

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