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Michael McIntyre: Showtime – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:4] With a meteoric rise to fame, Michael McIntyre has over the past five years become a household name, so much so that he now has a regular prime time comedy programme on BBC (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow) and selling out arenas all over the UK. Playing to a packed out 10,000 person capacity audience, McIntyre bounds ...

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Al Murray: The Only Way Is Epic – The Lowry,Salford

Reviewer: Julie Burrow [Rating:4.5] Al Murray has an epic task ahead of him not only has he got to continue the great British traditions and now even more epic, to save the world. Murray’s usual deceptively well-crafted ‘drunken’ ramblings stretch from European economics to the current trend in ladies’, erm, fashions. And he attacks each of these subjects with equal ...

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Simon Evans – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Ruth Lovett [Rating:3] Having seen Mr Evans on a number of television shows it was a pleasure to witness Simon Evans as a solo. This charming well mannered gentleman who longs for a time past where men were men and TV and pop culture did not rule our every desire is out on the road with his solo show ...

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Russell Kane: Posturing Delivery – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham [rating: 4.5] The description for this evenings show reads “What if I’m one of the guys who never has a baby? Why is this not a 'male subject'? I plan to give birth, live on stage, then raise it – in front of you. Come along!” Not your usual copy for a stand-up set. To begin it ...

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Mrs. Barbara Nice: Hiya and Higher – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3.5] A gig by Janice Connolly, in her Barbara Nice persona, is surprisingly like ‘The Rocky Horror Show’. The similarities are not in content but rather atmosphere. Both require a great deal of audience participation and involve ritualised call and response routines that can be bewildering for the uninitiated. Mrs Nice introduces herself by explaining that her ...

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Jenny Eclair: Eclairious – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham [rating:4] Jenny Eclair returns to The Lowry celebrating 30 years on the comedy circuit and those years have stood her in good stead as she delivers a master class in comedy to a near capacity crowd during a surprisingly energetic performance. The establishment of an audience ‘safe’ word at the very top of the show gave us ...

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Mark Watson: The Information – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:3] Mark Watson’s career started quite promisingly. Working with the likes of Tim Key and Tim Minchin on his BBC Radio 4 show, ‘Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better’ early in his career, he established himself as a relatable, friendly comic, with some genuinely good gags. Over the last few years he’s made many TV panel ...

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Lavender Girls – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:4] Homotopia, Liverpool’s international festival of queer arts and culture, brings some of the city’s own home grown female talent to the stage in Lavender Girls, an evening of cabaret and music at the Unity. Lavender Girls is now an established part of the festival and proves that, although queer cabaret seems mostly dominated by men, that ...

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