Tanyalee Davis @ XS Malarkey, 01/03/2016

XS Malarkey is still one of Manchester’s greatest treasures. Despite numerous venue changes over the years, it still manages to retain its magical combination of low prices, great acts and great atmosphere, along with a longstanding commitment to giving newer acts a chance to share the stage with established performers. Continue reading

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Group Therapy Comedy @ Gorilla, Manchester, 29/09/2012

September saw the début of a brand new monthly comedy night in Manchester. Based in the bar/theatre Gorilla (formerly known as the Green Room), their mission statement is to provide a weekend comedy night for people who actually want to listen to the acts. No stag and hen parties, no heckling and no talking over the acts allowed here – the evening’s organisers have nine years’ experience organising comedy events, and have a genuine love of comedy that goes far beyond the usual goal of getting punters to the bar, and this night is for people who love comedy as much as they do. Continue reading

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: “Boo-Lingerie” @ Lass O’Gowrie, Manchester, 20/07/2012

I’m going to get this out of the way first; I’m a gigantic fan of the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, and was delighted when they appeared on the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival bill. This is perhaps the ninth time I’ve seen them, and part of me is still surprised when Kev F. Sutherland steps out from behind the tartan screen and takes a bow at the end. There is something about the hosiery double-acts’ clearly defined personalities that absolutely fools you into believing that they are two separate entities. Continue reading

Manchester Fringe 2012

And so begins the first Greater Manchester Fringe Festival…

Following Edinburgh’s lead, plenty of cities throughout the UK now have a Fringe Festival, so why not Manchester? This thinking has led a number of venues throughout Greater Manchester, each already renowned in the local area for being great supporters of live comedy, drama and music, to come together and create the first annual Greater Manchester Fringe Festival this year. Continue reading

Michael Legge & Phill Jupitus Edinburgh Festival previews @ XS Malarkey, 18/06/2012

In the run-up to this year’s Edinburgh Festival, comedians up and down the country prepare their shows, hone them to comedy perfection in time for them to be performed to an audience of six people in the back room of an Edinburgh pub. While the shows are unfinished, they provide a good idea of what the audiences at Edinburgh can expect, but with a little less polish. Continue reading