Scottie Road the Musical & Barbara Nice | The Dancehouse | Fri 13 Jun | 8pm | £8
Any chance we get here at Manchester Wire to tell you to go and see Barbara Nice (pictured), we will grab it with both hands and shake it like a wet dog. So here we are. Go and see Barbara Nice – the comedy equivalent of a great big hug from your nan. To add to this, there is also the equally crazy sounding ‘Scottie Road the Musical’ from comedy duo Caz and Britney, the brainchild of Gillian Hardie and Keddy Sutton. As part of the Homotopia Festival, these two women have been given carte blanche to send up some of the best and worst of television drama and an award-winning musical in pursuit of belly-ache-inducing laughter.

New Comedians | The Comedy Store | Sun 15 Jun | 8pm | £3
The delightfully offensive Alex Boardman introduces another quartet of rising stars on the comedy scene. Boardman’s genial yet cutting jibes are perfectly timed and balanced, with his stage routine matched by his eye for future talent. This month’s offering features Stephanie Laing, Jenny Collier, Derron Herriot and open with Clayton Jones. A chance to see the stars of the future before they get watered down by a panel show.

Carl Hutchinson | Sand Bar | Mon 16 Jun | 8pm | FREE
The observational Geordie brings his Edinburgh preview to the Sand Bar stage as Red Redmond hosts another of his Dead Cat Comedy stables. Hutchinson is a lively and likeable human who can make even the mundanities of ordering food into an epic battle between common sense and idiocy. Also on the bill is the phenomenally talented Jayne Edwards, who needs to be seen live to truly appreciate the awkward charm that she exudes. Hopefully she’ll do her Crufts routine, and you’ll understand what true dedication to your craft is. And it’s all FREE.

Joe Lycett | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 17 Jun | 8pm | £5/£3
The name Joe Lycett may not be household yet, but it’s on the very precipice of that. Soon to be comedy royalty, or at least a Duke (though his current Twitter handle is ‘The Duchess’), Lycett has been building an amazing comedy CV with appearances on panel shows and his own show on the soon to be defunct BBC Three (no fault of Lycett’s) – and he’ll be at XS Malarkey previewing his latest Edinburgh show. If you’re not going up to the Fringe this year then get down to this show as it’s sure to be one of the more talked-about Fringe performances.

So You Think You’re Funny | Frog & Bucket | Wed 18 Jun | 8pm | £5/£3
One of the more sardonically titled comedy competitions, So You Think You’re Funny is in its 26th year and has a history of turning out future comedy champions. Dylan Moran, Lee Mack and David O’Doherty have all come up trumps in this contest to find the funniest new comics in the country. The new talent act is a lot more welcoming of stranger performers and a sort of kingmaker (or queenmaker) for young comics looking for that bump up the comedy ladder.

Thanks to @johnwinsagain

Photo: Laura Cunliffe

Fri 13 Jun - Thu 19 Jun
John Stansfield
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Fri 13 Jun 2014