Michael J Dolan | Kosmonaut | Mon 16 May | 7.30pm | £5 (pictured)
Misanthropic comedy doesn’t come much darker or pinpoint accurate as the messed up mind of Michael J Dolan. His observations and crippling anxiety about the modern world will turn even the most happy go lucky amongst us into bomb shelter owning, canned goods hoarders awaiting the inevitable human inflicted apocalypse. To lighten the mood somewhat at Dead Cat Comedy’s monthly take over of Northern Quarter bar Kosmonaut are the delightfully silly combo of support acts in David Stanier and Edy Hurst. Let them build up your spirits before Dolan hilariously deconstructs them.

Ed Aczel | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 17 May | 7.30pm | £5/3
Whenever you see Ed Aczel’s name, you will like see a reference to ‘anti-comedy’ a subgenre of the form that harks back to the apposite style of Andy Kauffman. Though perhaps not as flamboyant as Kauffman Aczel is able to mine comedy from even the most mundane of common practices without seeming to make a single joke. His slow drawl and measured ruminating on the everyday is incredibly engaging and with a thirst for knowledge he educates as well as entertains whilst looking like an out of work lecturer. Another triumph for XS Malarkey.

The Delightful Sausage | The Castle Hotel | Wed 18 May | 7.45pm | £3
Still in its erstwhile infancy with just a sixth show here in Manchester Chris Cantrill and Amy Gledhill’s ‘The Delightful Sausage’ continues to mark itself as a place to go to watch some of the most exciting comics in Manchester and beyond. This month they welcome Hal Branson from excellent Newcastle based sketch troupe ‘Hot Gulp’ alongside new and experimental wonderment from the likes of Barnaby Thompson, Shaved Dog, David Callaghan and Ross Brierly.

Sean Patton | Tiger Lounge | Thu 19 May | 7pm | £5
The last time Group Therapy 2 hosted an unknown (on these shores at least) American stand up it was the liquid jazz selection of the amazing Nick Thune. So hopes are high for Sean Patton who graces the stage of the Tiger Lounge who has appearances on Conan O’Brien and Amy Schumer on his more than wealthy comedy CV. Also featuring is Edinburgh Fringe Best Newcomer nominee Phil Wang (as part of sketch group Daphne) who has impressed everytime Group Therapy have invited him North.

The Discount Comedy Checkout | 3 Minute Theatre | Fri 20 May | 7.30pm | £5
This group of Leeds based improvisers and sketch artists have been blazing quite the trail in Yorkshire recently and so have popped over the Pennines to give us Mancs a good show. Just a fiver at the 3 Minute Theatre for a pretty heavy dose of cheap and cheerful comedy that have been praised by the likes of Manchester comedy tastemaker and head honcho of XS Malarkey Toby Hadoke. Praise from Caesar that.

Mon 16 May - Fri 20 May
John Stansfield
Published on:
Tue 17 May 2016