Get your giggle on
“Laughter is the best medicine” or so the proverb goes. Netflix may be stepping up its comedy offerings, but stepping away from the screen and going in search for some homegrown talent or seeing some of the biggest names in the industry live, is a completely different experience. Whether you are looking for a regular event or a one-off hilarity fest, we have you covered.
The Comedy Store
Situated on Deansgate, over the canal from the station, The Comedy Store is a one-stop shop for regular stand up sets. It is open every weekend, Thursday to Sunday but as licensed premises you have to be 18 or over. With a regularly changing roster, The Comedy Store does not get stale and instead does a great job of fostering up and coming talent as well as getting in some of the big hitters.
While Every Friday and Saturday, The Comedy Store offers up an ever changing line up of professionals, the first Sunday of the month is dedicated to the amateurs that live among us, who can try their hand to bring the house down. The third Sunday of the month is the fresh-faced comedians trying to break into the industry.
Frog and Bucket
The Frog and Bucket offers a wide variety of events, from open mics where the audience can try their luck, to beautifully crafted one man (or woman) shows that showcase the best of Britain’s comedic talent. The Barrel of Laugh evenings are set up in a cabaret style, while Beath the Frog events have a competitive edge where up to ten acts battle it out for audience approval.
It is fun, interactive and tongue in cheek in a way that only British comedy can be! If you feel inspired after an evening or two, they also offer 8-week comedy courses that take place on the weekends.
Stand Up Nights
This event started off as an outlet for university students but it quickly gained a reputation for being one of the best (and most economical) comedy nights in the city. It has up sticks and moved since it’s early days, but XS Malarkey is now a beloved Tuesday night special The Bread Shed. The evening manages to gracefully blend professional acts with raw talent and still remains relevant and local.
The Kings Arms- Salford
So we have a pub with comedy and theatre nights, live music, a great selection of ales and a feline patron, need we say more? The Kings Arms may be eclectic but as it carelessly mixes high brow entertainment with pints and peanuts, we can’t help loving it for its lack of pretension. This is an ‘all-rounder’ of a venue that will please the comedy sceptics with tasty food and still produces quality acts.
Didsbury Comedy Club
Sometimes the raw talent and showmanship of comedians can feel a little out of place in the grand arenas and theatres. It is an intimate art form and deserves to be appreciated as such – usually in a dingy room with a couple of drunk hecklers. The Didsbury Comedy Club may not be on par with The Apollo, but what it lacks in grandeur, it more than makes up for in talent. The first Sunday of every month, The Didsbury Cricket Club becomes The Didsbury Comedy Club and has hosted some epic names in British comedy. This is a fantastic evening if you are looking for quality acts, great value and a licensed bar.
Dead Cat Comedy
A household name in alternative comedy events in the North, keep an eye out for collaborations and events over Manchester courtesy of Dead Cat Comedy. These may have once been the underdogs in the North’s comedy scene, but their special blend of Indie acts, LGBTQ+ friendly shows and undeniably cool alternative offerings have given them real clout in this neck of the woods and they continue to surprise and delight, always fostering new and unlikely talent.
No Such Thing As A Fish
The stars of the hit podcast are coming to you live from The Lowry on the 17th March 2019. The podcast also titled No Such Thing As A Fish gets 1.2 million downloads a week so the tour is guaranteed to be popular with its blend of the factual and funny. The Podcast was born from the offices of the hit TV show QI and is hosted by Dan Schreiber, James Harkin, Anna Ptasyznski and Andrew Hunter Murray.
The 10th may see this unassuming comedy king land in Manchester for his ‘Larks in Transit’ tour. Bill will be setting his travellers tails and mishaps form the last twenty years lose on the audiences of Manchester Arena. While you may be used to seeing hm on screen in favourite shows like Black Books, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI and Have I Got News For You, seeing him perform live reminds everybody that he started his career with stand up and onstage is his natural habitat.
Our favourite Welshman is back and on a crusade of raw honesty, also known as The Book of John your. Coming to The Lowry until July 20th, following a six-year break from stand up, Rhod has refreshed his passion and gathered a lot of new material in the intervening years. Known for being brutally honest and down to earth, he is combining his trademark accessibility with a vulnerable element to make this show unmissable.
The unlikely comedy star, Russell Howard has become a fixture on our screens and may even be a National Treasure. His time on Mock The Week brought him to the attention of the nation, but his solo show Russell Howard’s Good News, with it’s feel-good factor and relatable humour, sealed him into our hearts. This award-winning Bristolian is heading North to the Manchester Arena on October 2nd and considering his success with his 2017 tour, Respite is looking to be equally well received.