Stephen Bailey | Gullivers | Mon 3 Jul | 7pm | FREE
Rising star Stephen Bailey presents his new show ‘Can’t Think Straight’ for FREE this Monday for a quick pick me up at the beginning of the week. Bailey’s natural effervescence has seen him rightly marked out as one to watch on the UK comedy scene and this brand new hour of a more honest approach to his material looks set to establish him as even more of a household name. A great chance to see him before he’s playing much bigger rooms for a much larger price.

Harriet Dyer and Edy Hurst | Gullivers | Wed 5 Jul | 8pm | £4
The Delightful Sausage has always made its stage available for the more out there comedians to try their new and stranger material to a welcoming room but now it takes that laissez faire attitude even further by offering two of their favourite oddballs a chance to try out their full Edinburgh hours. Former Quippodromer and rollercoaster enthusiast Edy Hurst is testing his theme park based show ‘Theme Show’ and West Country weirdo Harriet Dyer will be aiming to solve a crime in the excellently titled ‘Dyer-gnosis Murder’. At just £2 per Edinburgh show it’s an extra chance to get your hearty serving of sausage.

Emma Sidi | International Anthony Burgess Foundation | Fri 7 Jul | 7pm | £5-10
As part of Manchester International Festival, Machynlleth Comedy Festival comes to the city offering some of their favourite acts from this year’s 3 day celebration of comedy in the small Welsh town earlier this year. One such fave is character comedian Emma Sidi (pictured) who shows her ridiculous range in staging an outlandish Mexican telenovela (soap opera) in which she plays all the parts. A hit at last year’s Fringe Sidi is worth checking out before she hits the comedy stratosphere.

Brian Gittins | International Anthony Burgess Foundation | Sat 8 Jul | 5pm | £7-12
When the line up for the Mach Fest portion of the Manchester International Festival was announced household names such as Tim Key, Mark Watson and Sara Pascoe were quick to sell out so it is an extra treat that they held back the announcement of Brian Gittins’ show until fairly recently. A character comedian’s character comedian, Gittins has been described by Ricky Gervais as ‘one of the best of the decade’ and no matter what you may think of Gervais his talent spotting cannot be undersold. Neither should Gittins. Well worth a punt.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean | International Anthony Burgess Foundation | Sat 8 Jul | 7pm | £3-8
North Wales born but Manchester based Kiri Pritchard-McLean is the silent member of sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop and not so silent half of popular serial killer based podcast ‘All Killa No Filla’ with Rachel Fairburn. Here she presents her new Edinburgh show ‘Appropriate Adult’ after the success of last year’s ‘Hysterical Woman’ in which she dealt with the idea of inbuilt funniness and whether it might be affected by gender or race. Now she turns her attention to the idea of being a responsible grown up and what that means for her comedy. It no doubt means she’ll carry on being brilliantly funny.

Mon 3 Jul - Sat 8 Jul
John Stansfield
Published on:
Mon 3 Jul 2017