Barking Tales | Zombie Shack | Mon 4 Jun | 7pm | FREE
Harriet Dyer’s wonderful night of inclusive stand up and mental health awareness is back with a stellar line up all loosely held together by your host’s mindful meanderings. This month sees hotly tipped new stand ups Shell Byron and Mark Grimshaw in support of headline act Bethany Black, who has always mined her struggle with depression to cathartic comedic effect.

Harriet Dyer and Adam Hess | The Bread Shed | Tue 5 Jun | 7.30pm | £5/3
If you can’t catch Dyer on Monday then there’s a chance to watch her more structured (kind of) stand up at XS Malarkey as they kick off their Edinburgh preview season with a belter of a double bill. Dyer’s awkwardly delightful delivery is more than matched by the manic energy and delirious wordplay of Adam Hess for what will be an early glimpse at two comedians to keep an eye out for this August if you’re heading to the Fringe.

Sham Bodie | Gullivers | Thu 7 Jun | 7.30pm | £3adv/£5otd
Before the promise of a huge summer party the city’s biggest suppliers of free hot dogs are having another smaller comic packed shows at Gullivers. Ross Brierley (of Ross & Josh fame) brings his tales of being a professional gambler to the stage, Tom King and Ava Liversidge come from the surrealist Sheffield comedy scene and Good Kids bring folky musical funnies from Birmingham. It’s also host Ben Tonge’s birthday so expect some special treats.

Bilal Zafar | The Lowry | Sun 10 Jun | 8pm | £12/10
After his breakthrough show ‘Cakes’ about humour in the time of social media and daft racism, Bilal Zafar’s sophomore effort is a dissection of the tricky world of dating. Smart, measured and very funny Zafar has already marked himself as one to watch and as he grows in confidence and stature he’s only getting better to watch live. So go do that.

Mon 4 Jun - Sun 10 Jun
John Stansfield
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Mon 4 Jun 2018