Sketch and drugs and rock n roll | Sandbar | Mon 11 Nov | 8pm | FREE
Dead Cat Comedy continue its takeover of Sandbar and indeed the Manchester comedy scene – this time presenting you with a night of sketch comedy. The first outing will be hosted as ever by the incompèrable Red Redmond, and headline act will be Liverpool’s Legion of Doom, a sketch troupe ‘put together by the job centre’. Support comes from Terry dowling and The Venerable Bede.

Silky | Jabez Clegg | Tue 12 Nov | 8pm | £5/£3
Coming up with the likes of Daniel Kitson and Julian Barrett, Liverpudlian in exile is a brilliantly funny improvisational comic with a talent for making genuinely funny comedy songs. Splitting his time between stand-up and running ‘lovely gigs across the country’ with his Kill for a Seat Comedy clubs, Silky is a delightful comedian who effortlessly mixes absurdity with self-deprecation.

Steve Hughes (pictured) | The Comedy Store | Wed 13 Nov | 8pm | £15
Former thrash metaller, Australian ex-pat and stand-up Steve Hughes brings his hard-edged social commentary to The Comedy Store with his new show, While It’s Still Legal. The tough-talking Aussie cuts through conventions and speaks angry truths about today’s society with wit and vitriol. Witriol.

What Would Beyonce Do? | The Lowry | Thu 14 Nov | 8pm | £12
At the moment, most people thinking what Jesus would do in certain situations seem to be getting thing wrong, so Luisa Omielan has decided to focus upon another deity for spiritual guidance. Living life by the lyrics of Mrs Carter provide the backbone for Luisa’s brilliantly reviewed show, which also gathered great praise at Edinburgh. A sell out at London’s Soho Theatre three times, this is a must see show that may have you questioning the way you live your life.

Rob Newman | The Lowry | Sat 16 & Sun 17 Nov | 8pm | £12
Taking the baton held out by Charles Darwin and running with it, Newman brings his ‘New Theory of Evolution’ to Salford, having already wowed crowds at Gorilla back in June with his belief that cooperation outweighs competition in our quest to evolve as a species. A cerebral comedian, Newman achieves that tricky concept of being intelligent and funny. Informative and incendiary, this show is not to be missed.

Bo Burnham | Dancehouse | Sun 17 Nov | 8pm | £16
Post-modern comedy from a 22-year-old may not sound like the most appetising of comedy meals, but stick with Bo Burnham as he peppers his seemingly day-glo American teen vlogger schtick with a great deal of venom. Inventive stand=up from a man who would be one to watch for the future, if he wasn’t  so damn good already. Read our full preview here.

Wet Feet Who Special | Lass O’Gowrie | Sun 17 Nov | FREE
John Cooper (sometimes known as Danny Pensive) has been taking people on a nautical comedy voyage for the last few months with six acts and the invigorating ‘walk the plank’ section where an established comic is given a subject by the audience and must make up a routine on the spot. Almost the opposite of a gong show, this Sunday is a Doctor Who special. We’re not entirely sure what that means but, given how big of a fan John Cooper is of the show that turns 50 this week, it is sure to be quite the spectacle.

Thanks to @johnwinsagain

Mon 11 Nov - Sun 17 Nov
John Stansfield
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Mon 11 Nov 2013