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The Discount Comedy Checkout: Improv Show – King’s Arms, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Turning out a show based on the well-worn concept of improvisation games is one thing announcing to the audience “you know Whose Line Is It Anyway on the telly? Well it’s like that”, is probably a mistake. Now we’re poised waiting for an hour of beautifully crafted comedy and The Discount Comedy Checkout have a lot to ...

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LATITUDE 2015: Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Artist(s):Bryony Kimmingsand Tim Grayburn Venue: Theatre Tent Created by: Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn Reviewer: Kris Hallett Bryony Kimmings, is an artist who seems to be growing up. Past shows have dealt with the foolishness of being young, from trying to track down who it was that gave her an STI, while asking the audience to trim their pubic hair, ...

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Norris & Parker: All Our Friends Are Dead – The King’s Arms, Salford

Director: Lucia Cox Reviewer: Brian Gorman On a bare stage containing just a couple of chairs, our two lycra-clad heroines performed a series of surreal, dark, deliciously twisted comedy sketches featuring a gallery of perfectly-realised, often grotesque characters. Opening with the glorious ‘Twat’ song, the stage was set for a marvellous evening of superbly delirious character comedy, delivered by a ...

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LATITUDE 2015: Alan Davies

Venue: Comedy Tent Reviewer: Kris Hallett Alan Davies certainly knows how to work up a festival crowd. Lunchtime on the first day and there are already queues stretching outside the sauna-like conditions of the comedy tent all waiting to see the comedian who made his name in Jonathan Creek and then became even more popular through his weekly appearances as ...

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LATITUDE 2015: Marcus Brigstocke

Venue: Comedy Tent Reviewer: Kris Hallett Marcus Brigstocke is now 42 and apparently very angry. His 45-minute set sees him rail against everything, from UKIP to the Tories, against cuts to the NHS and the Greeks treatment by the Germans. In the heart of Suffolk this may be a risky strategy, as he identifies early on, a large portion of ...

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LATITUDE 2015: Comedy round-up – Day 2

An 11am Saturday morning crowd is possibly the hardest to please, that's all saying you can tempt them out of bed in the first place, so it is surprising to see a more than healthy crowd of both children and adults first thing in The Comedy Tent. Nicole Evans offers a round-up on the first half of the day's comedic ...

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LATITUDE 2015: Chortle Student Comedy Awards

Artist(s) Phil Wang, Joe Bowley, Daniel Elliott Venue: Comedy Tent Reviewer: Glen Pearce There is a rumour that students don't venture out of bed before lunchtime but a packed comedy tent at Latitude shows that, given the right draw, there's reasons to venture out of the tent. Comedy is, of course a highly competitive game but the opportunity so offered ...

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