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Stewart Francis: Outstanding in His Field – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Katie Lee [rating:4] Stewart Francis is a Canadian comedian with British parents who can imitate a budgie delightfully. This performance brings him to York as part of a fully comprehensive UK tour in the beautiful Grand Opera House. A common feature on British television shows such as Mock the Week, Francis is building a solid reputation as a wordplay ...

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Paul Merton: Out of my Head – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Paul Merton Reviewer: Tony Oliver [Rating:2.5] With childlike glee I attended Paul Merton’s new stand up show "Out of my Head" having been a fan of his for a number of years. Paul is supported by Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster. The show promises to take the audience on a journey through the inner workings of Paul's ...

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I Know What You’re Thinking – The Lowry, Salford

Deviser and Performer: Doug Segal Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [rating:4]   Given the opportunity to speculate about the original profession of an entertainer you might guess at advertising. Psychology is unlikely. Statistician is right out. Yet from such an unlikely background Doug Segal crafts a highly original act. Mind you, with a haircut that brings to mind Peter Mandelson and a ...

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Jon Richardson: Funny Magnet – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Poppy Helm [rating:4] Jon Richardson has had a lot on his plate over the last year – he's published a book, captained a team on Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats and sold out theatres with his It's Not Me, It's You tour. It's a wonder then that he's found time to write any new material but somehow ...

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Simon Amstell: Numb – Richmond Theatre, London

Reviewer: Jonathan Cooper [rating: 5] Numb’s matinée performance at Richmond Theatre starts with Daniel Simonsen. His short set takes a few minutes to find its feet but, after that, delivers consistent laughter. While he does rely heavily on his Norwegian background and cultural difference for material, he does so in an incredibly likeable fashion. By the end of his time ...

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Alfie Moore: I Predicted a Riot – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:1] Last year, ITV launched a new reality show, Show Me the Funny, making stand-up comedians battle X Factor style for a substantial cash prize and a much-coveted DVD release. There was always a clear winner in Patrick Monahan, who had been successfully working the circuit for years. However, some comedians made such an impression that they ...

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Simon Amstell, Numb – Harrogate Theatre

Reviewer: Rosie Revell [Rating:3] Simon Amstell is shy and funny. He must be, he repeatedly tells us he is. Taking to the Harrogate stage in what can only be described as stand-up self-help, Amstell is searching for a way to overcome his shyness and thus his social isolation. His television persona on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Grandma’s House has ...

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