John Luke Roberts and Lucy Pearman | The Bread Shed | Tue 9 Jul | 7.30pm | £5/3
Two absolute oddballs share the double preview at XS Malarkey this week with John Luke Roberts inspired brand of clowning and prop nonsense teamed with best newcomer nominee Lucy Pearman for a night of clever silliness. Both these shows will be musts on most lists at this year’s Fringe so check them out now for £2.50 per act (£1.50 for members).

Jayne Edwards and The Lovely Boys | Eagle Inn | Thu 11 Jul | 7.30pm | £5/3
Ask any performer on the Manchester comedy scene who they’re most excited to see at this year’s Fringe and they’ll invariably come back with the name Jayne Edwards. As her alter ego ‘Top Bodybuilder Brian’ Edwards has been smashing the alternative scene for the past few years and this debut is long awaited. She previews this Thursday with ‘The Lovely Boys’ who, while not quite as long in the offing, come with a great amount of promise and some rave reviews.

Best in Class | The Kings Arms | Sun 14 Jul | 9pm | £5
The subject of ‘class’ has been a hot button issue of the Fringe for the last few years with various acts bringing attention to the dearth of working class performers on stage and more prominently on TV. To redress this balance somewhat ‘Best in Class’ has been set up to showcase the top acts with the least financial stability, because your parents paying your rent doesn’t make you any funnier. To afford the restrictive Fringe costs that financially cripple many a young performer, they are doing a series of fundraising gigs across the country including this one at The Kings Arms. Go for the important message, stay for the great comedy on show.

Wed 10 Jul - Sun 14 Jul
John Stansfield
Published on:
Tue 9 Jul 2019