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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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Chris Ramsey: Feeling Lucky – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Ruth Lovett [Rating: 3.5] Following another successful stint at the Edinburgh Festival this year, Chris Ramsey is out touring the UK with his current show, Feeling Lucky. After listening to Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, Ramsey frames his show around the idea that we are lucky to be alive based on the minuscule things that could ...

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Marcus Brigstocke – The Brig Society – Curve, Leicester

Reviewer: Karen McCandless [Rating:4] If you want to leave a comedy performance feeling uplifted and positive about the state of the UK today, then The Brig Society probably isn’t for you! Well-known comedian Marcus Brigstocke brought his show to Curve, Leicester part of his latest UK tour. The show was first previewed at this year’s Edinburgh Festival as part of ...

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Jon Richardson – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:4] Jon Richardson’s rise to fame has been a joy to watch. From his days with fellow comedian Russell Howard on digital radio station BBC 6Music, to performing his stand-up in medium venues, to his appearances as team captain on ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’. The latter is undoubtedly responsible for his new level of quasi-celebrity, and ...

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The Boy With Tape On His Face: More Tape – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Laura Maley [rating:5] The simple things in life are often the best. That statement was never truer than watching The Boy With Tape On His Face. He deftly turns everyday items into objects of play, he often gets someone unsuspecting involved and laughter increases; but when he gets the whole room involved it turns into an extra-special experience for ...

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Steve Hughes – Big Issues – The Public, West Bromwich

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] Steve Hughes is a former heavy metal drummer from Australia. He started performing stand up in Sydney in the mid 1990s, quickly becoming successful. Since 2002 he has been based in the UK delivering his own brand of comedy. On this tour, Hughes is supported by Canadian Jason John Whitehead. Within minutes of starting his set, ...

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