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Simon Evans: Genius – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nutall It’s a tough ask to announce yourself as the “Genius Simon Evans” prior to walking onstage. Immediately acknowledging this dilemma it feels like we will be in the safe hands of a comedian wishing to deconstruct intelligence and aptitude - nothing particularly original as David Gorman currently has a television series of the same name but one ...

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Rob Newman’s Total Eclipse of Descartes – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rob Newman Reviewer: Jo Beggs Is it possible, asks Rob Newman in his new stand-up show, Total Eclipse of Descartes, for a better understanding of philosophy to help us work out the complicated and depressing world we live in today? What can Sartre or Descartes teach us about contemporary society? At least it’s a different take on stand-up than ...

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David Baddiel: My Family, Not the Sitcom – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: David Baddiel Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Tonight The Lowry could be the setting for an awkward encounter. Back when comedy was said to be the new rock’n’roll  David Baddiel and Rob Rob Newman were the first comedy duo to sell out arenas . But the partnership did not end on friendly terms and tonight both of them are performing at ...

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Ed Byrne : Spoiler Alert – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Spoiler Alert holding a chainsaw the image is misleading. It is hard to think of a more amiable comedian; the only point in the evening when he comes close to losing his temper is due to a patron repeatedly using her mobile phone. This affable personality is at odds with the theme of the show which is ...

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All Killa No Filla – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Lizz Clark  True crime podcasts are now so popular that the satirical website The Onion recently sent up the genre with six-part spoof A Very Fatal Murder. But All Killa No Filla, hosted by comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean, isn't a typical example of the form. While it covers all the serial killer stories that aficionados might expect ...

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James Acaster: Classic Scrapes – The Lowry, Salford

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Reviewer: Matt Forrest You will probably be more familiar with James Acaster than you think; numerous appearances on Mock the Week and spots on Q.I and Live at the Apollo have certainly helped boost his profile and will see him forever more be a part of the comedy merry-go-round that is TV channel Dave. However, it is radio where Acaster ...

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Barbara Nice: Christmas Special – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Janice Connolly Reviewer: Dave Cunningham A refrain that runs through Barbara Nice’s Christmas Special  is ‘Are you comfortable?’  Well for much of the show it felt uncomfortably like I was playing a game where everybody but me knew the rules. Janice Connolly’s character Barbara Nice is a caricature of a middle-aged housewife and mother of five. Connolly’s live show ...

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Margaret Cho: Fresh Off the Bloat – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Margaret Cho is a rape survivor – between the age of five and twelve, she was sexually abused by a family member. Which makes family reunions "awkward as", technically, she and her abuser never broke up. It is a joke that is typical of Margaret Cho- abrasive, shocking, confrontational and breaking through the barriers of what might ...

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