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Mike Harding: An Evening of Poetry – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Sebastian Farrell Mike Harding, singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet, broadcaster and multi-instrumentalist has been tickling audiences since 1965 with his famous Lancashire lilt and sharp witty comical observations. He's been described by Billy Connolly as 'the funniest man in England' and is widely acknowledged as 'the grandfather of alternative comedy’, he certainly knows how to spin a yarn that’s ...

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Paul Merton and his Improv Chums – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Yeoman Paul Merton is an absolute stalwart of improvisation comedy and truly deserves to be surrounded by some of the best improvisation artists and comedians in the business. His two hour long show is more of a masterclass in how to work a stage and generate comedy off of the back of the audience and although the suggestions ...

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James Acaster and Stephanie Laing – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest We are all in need of a fun night out and a bloody big giggle, so what better way than to go see not 1 but 2 stand up comics on a sunny bank holiday. However, sometimes they need us as much as we need them. This was a preview for both James Acaster and Stephanie Laing, ...

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Ruby Wax: Sane New World – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer : Craig Hepworth After having the mantel of poster child for mental illness thrust upon her, the irrepressible Ruby Wax brings her one woman show Sane New World to The Lowry and owns it having the audience captivated. A simple set is all you need as Ruby covers everything from Bill Gates and his dandruff to neuroscience and it's ...

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Stewart Lee – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Steven Ireland Stewart Lee is misunderstood. At least, he is misunderstood by some. As he says himself during this routine, he is accused of having contempt for his audience, of being pretentious, a comedy snob. In some ways these are true, but when he is being contemptuous he is doing so by design. Everything Lee says on stage is ...

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Dara O’Briain: Crowd Tickler – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham   The first thing you notice about Dara O’Briain is the speed in which he delivers every single line in the two hour plus jaunt through a myriad of subjects. It takes a few minutes to adjust yourself to the pace, but once you’re there it is clear O’Briain is a master of his trade. Making his ...

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Zoe Lyons – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Regardless of your political opinions, the general election has been and gone, and was at times an exhausting exercise in democracy, as certain aspects of the media slung hefty sized boulders of mud at our politicians. It made for grim reading really. What was needed was a huge dose of light relief and luckily enough, I was ...

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Stewart Lee: Room With a Stew – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Reviewer: Dave Smith Stewart Lee divides people like few other comedians. Criticised for being an “intellectual snob” (Lee Mack), for representing political correctness gone mad, for treating his audience with “toxic scorn” (Daily Telegraph) and for appealing only to white, middle-class Guardian readers, much of which is true. His material is clever, he is certainly politically correct and, judging by ...

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