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Katherine Ryan: Nature’s Candy – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Clare Boswell [Rating:4] Katherine Ryan's career has certainly benefitted from the vast array of comedy based panel shows that are currently occupying our TV schedules. Now regarded as quite the regular on hit shows such as 'Mock the Week', 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' and '8 out of 10 Cats', Ryan herself has become something of a Celebrity (ironic considering ...

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Jethro – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham [rating: 2.5]   At 64 years old Jethro has been on the comedy circuit for 40 years and his act has not stood the test of time very well. The half empty Quays Theatre at the Lowry seemed to enforce this fact. The beginning of the show saw vocalist Shaun Perry take to the stage with a ...

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Daniel Simonsen – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:2] The entertainment industry has benefited from importing Norwegian thrillers and political dramas so a comedian seems the logical next step. Daniel Simonsen, although fluent in English, exploits his country of origin thickening his accent to achieve the maximum comic effect in his delivery. Simonsen’s routine is built around off-centre observational material and his neurotic personality.He reveals ...

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QC2013: Mother’s Ruin – Who’s Got The Max Factor? – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:4] Mother’s Ruin is a cabaret-cum-variety collective that bring together a wide-range of established alternative cabaret artists with new and emerging North West artistes to create performance spectaculars that are new, edgy, experimental and diverse but presented in a format designed to entertain and be inclusive. The underground pushed overground with a satin-gloved shove in the small ...

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Pete Firman: Hoodwinker – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:4.5] It’s a sad state of affairs, but magic shows aimed at the over-12s are few and far between. TV shows such as ‘The Magicians’ are trying to bring illusions back into the mainstream, but even they have to get D-list celebrities involved to scrape satisfactory viewing figures. However, one good thing that did come from ‘The ...

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Imran Yusuf: Bring The Thunder! – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Laura Maley [Rating:4] Comedy routines about religious pilgrimage are rare, and celebrations of multicultural Britain are not what audiences usually expect from a stand-up show. Imran Yusuf, though, is not your average comedian. After selling out two full-length shows at the Edinburgh Festival, and being nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer, Imran Yusuf has appeared on Michael ...

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Paul Tonkinson: Fancy Man – Harrogate Theatre

Reviewer: Tony Oliver [Rating:3.5] After storming the UK and International comedy circuit for years and much badgering from fellow professionals, Yorkshire man, and former (double award-winning) Time Out Comedian of the Year, Tonkinson takes to the road, with his eagerly anticipated debut tour. He’s recently appeared on BBC One’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and is fresh from dazzling victory on ...

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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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