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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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Daniel Sloss: Now – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Daniel Sloss is ambitious. This 27-year-old ‘veteran’ of the comedy circuit eventually wants to be regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time. Is this a hubristic belief or a realistic aspiration? His early career was indeed meteoric. As a 14-year-old he wrote jokes for Frankie Boyle, at 17 he was a finalist in ...

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Simon Amstell:  What is this? – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul McGuire Simon Amstell is a creative polymath, perhaps best known as a presenter of Popworld and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He is also a prolific writer, actor, author, director, producer and as is seen in tonight’s incarnation, a stand-up comedian In the past, his comedy has successfully drawn parallels with Woody Allen, angst-ridden and therapy obsessed and also ...

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Lee Nelson: Serious Joker –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Breathe a sigh of relief people for Lee Nelson is out of ‘the clink’, well more accurately the man behind Nelson....comedian Simon Brodkin has been released following his invasion of the Tory party conference, where he rather cheekily gave Theresa May her marching orders. The last time we saw Brodkin he was being escorted out of the ...

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Jon Culshaw: The Great British Take Off – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham At one time it was possible for impressionists to satisfy their audience simply by approximating the accent and mannerisms of a particular personality and rattling off the occasional catchphrase. Nowadays audiences are more discerning and require a context and script before they will be happy. The autobiographical approach taken by Jon Culshaw in his current show The ...

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Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room – The Lowry, Salford

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Reviewer: Sarah Holt Katherine Ryan is single and she beats around no bushes in informing the audience that this is what her Glitter Room show is all about. The topic of singledom is nothing new in comedy, but Canadian Ryan – who regularly appears on television panel shows like Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You – ...

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