The Delightful Sausage | Gullivers | Wed 15 Feb | 7.45pm | £4

Manchester’s finest offal absurdists The Delightful Sausage move venues, taking the arduous trip across Oldham Street from The Castle to Gullivers. This time they will be introducing one of the North East’s finest in stand up comic Lee Kyle who will be joined by James Meehan and Sammy Dobson, plus the Sausage’s ‘artist in residence’ Barnaby J Thompson who’s mad bag of characters is deeper than Mary Poppins’. All held together by the comedy casing that is  Chris Cantrill.

Peter Brush & Jonny Pelham | The King’s Arms | Wed 15 Feb | 8pm | £3

Peter Brush and Jonny Pelham are bringing their new works in progress to the Kings Arms for what will surely be a caustic pair of hours from two of the finest young writers on the stand up scene. Both gaining rave reviews for their first Edinburgh adventures these follow up shows promise to be more awkward truths and left field observations. Though it’s very early for previews Brush and Pelham are delightful company regardless of the tautness of their material and seeing the building of these new shows will be a special treat indeed.

Richard Gadd | Gorilla | Thu 16 Feb | 7pm | £12

Picking up the best comedy award at last year’s Edinburgh festival and appearing at the top of most people’s list for best show of 2016 Richard Gadd (pictured) has just finished a sell out run at the Soho Theatre for his hilarious and painfully honest look at the fragile nature of masculinity. Using a plethora of storytelling tools including doing the whole show attempting to outrun his demons on a treadmill Gadd has established himself as the most fascinating comedian working in the UK today. A must see show.

Brennan Reece | The Lowry | Sat 18 Feb | 8pm | £12

Nominated for best newcomer at last year’s Fringe, Brennan Reece is having quite the year, he’s just released his debut show ‘Everglow’ on UK comedy streaming site NextUp (a must for fans of British comedy) and now brings that same touring show to his home town (sort of). Though Salford isn’t quite the Ashton where much of Reece’s coming of age tale takes place, the affable Reece perfectly captures a Northern upbringing without cliché and with a great deal of heart. Silly and intelligent, he’ll be on a much bigger stage very soon. Catch him whilst you still can.

Wed 15 Feb - Sun 19 Feb
John Stansfield
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Wed 15 Feb 2017