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Simon Amstell: Numb – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:5] The British public have seen Simon Amstell’s career progress nicely over the last few years. From his sarcastic interviewing style on Popworld, to offending D-list “celebrities” on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, to writing and performing in the superb Grandma’s House. But stand-up is where he really shines, and this follow-up to his wonderful ‘Do Nothing’ show ...

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Barry and Stuart: Show and Tell – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:5] With magicians, a lot of their appeal lies in the mystique. Fantastic feats happen before your very eyes, and you go home thinking “how in the world did they do that?” Performers like Derren Brown create no illusions, beginning his act telling the audience that he possesses no psychic or magical powers whatsoever. Barry and Stuart ...

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Stewart Francis : Outstanding in his Field – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:4] Stewart Francis is a throwback to past generations of comedians who revealed little of their private lives but developed routines full of dynamite one-liners and jokes with actual punchlines.Francis certainly isn't an observational comic; he expresses puzzled admiration for those like Michael McIntyre ( ' I don't know how he does it. Oh yes : he ...

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Rory Bremner and Friends – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs [rating:1.5] If you think having bland politicians is bad for the country, then spare a thought for poor old Rory Bremner. Bremner made his career in the late eighties and early nineties when we have some real characters in Westminster and the White House. Bremner himself admits that there’s little to play with. He has a decent ...

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Isy Suttie – The Lowry Theatre, Salford

Reviewer: Geoff Lovelock [Rating:3] While Salford swelters in the heat-wave, inside The Lowry’s Studio Theatre it’s even hotter – clammy, close and a bit stinky (someone near me took off their trainers – nice). And the air-con isn’t working. Support act Chris Neill tells us it’s because the system is linked to the Manchester Ship Canal and apparently the water ...

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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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The Return of Boothby Graffoe – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: James Martyn Rogers Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3.5] Comedians use the occasional song to add variety to their act. Boothby Graffoe does the reverse – music dominates his performance. He goes so far as to enlist the support of talented multi-instrumentalist Nick Pynn to boost the sound of the show. Less successfully he uses, and comes into conflict with, pre-recorded ...

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