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The Ken Dodd Happiness Show – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Reviewer: Mark Clegg At 87 years old and with a career spanning six decades, Ken Dodd can truly be called a living legend. His tour schedule rivals acts a third of his age and his large, appreciative audiences attest to his longevity and continued popularity. With most of his contemporaries either no longer with us or retired, he really is ...

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Patrick Kielty: Help – The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Reviewer: Matt Forrest What do you do when you achieve the ultimate in life? You have a fantastic job, you are wealthy and financially secure, you are married to the love of your life... you are happy! However, how do you cope with this new-found contentment? This is the question poses in Patrick Kielty’s latest stand-up show, Help. Kielty bounces ...

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Fred MacAuley Twenty 15 – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones Scottish comedian Fred MacAuley is well known for his appearances on such shows as Mock The Week and QIon TV and The News Quiz on Radio 4. Twenty 15 is an important year for him as his BBC Radio Scotland show was cancelled after 18 years giving him the opportunity to take his brand of humour out ...

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Joe Lycett – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Instantly there is an amiable charm to Joe Lycett, which is a good job, as some of the material is very close to the bone. With a delivery closely resembling a smiling assassin, you don’t know whether to laugh or feel sorry for the targets of Lycett’s caustic wit. Appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does ...

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Nina Conti: In Your Face – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Yeoman Long gone are the days of the “traditional” ventriloquist acts with a single puppet being used as an excuse for exposition of the inner-ego of a comedian. We are now, partly thanks to Nina Conti, in an age where ventriloquism is intelligent, creative, sexy and refreshed. For those who don’t know anything about Conti, she has been ...

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Aisling Bea – The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Reviewer: John Roberts As the crowd shuffles in, a mysterious feminine figure in a morphsuit dances alone to 90s dance music, throwing shapes like they just don't care. And that's the underlying message in Aisling Bea's sold out Edinburgh Fringe run... You need to bring the confidence to the table and own what you do; however, getting to that point/message ...

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Adam Hills: Clown Heart – Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: John Roberts Cancer is a dick... It affects far too many people, and will at least once in our own life affect someone we know and love, it is also the driving force behind Adam Hills' latest show. Hills always manages to find a message of hope and of passion to underline his sets, it brings a more humanitarian ...

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Ed Byrne – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Reviewer: John Roberts I've never seen a stand-up start their first ten minutes of their act talking about the times they have died on stage, so tonight was a comedy first... It also proves to be a glorious ice breaker and perfect way to start the laughter and get the sold out audience on side. And Byrne certainly needed the ...

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