Sidekick Comedy | Via | Mon 15 Dec | 7.30pm | £2
If you’re trying to save the pennies around the festive period then consider this gem of a night for just two of your English pounds (and free with a student card) in the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village. Host Kate McCabe has rounded up a great line up for the last Sidekick comedy event of the year. King of innuendo Jonathan Mayor is your headliner with rising stars Will Duggan and Penella Mellor in support in what has become one of the best comedy clubs in the city.

Dead Cat Comedy | Sandbar | Mon 15 Dec | 8pm | FREE
If you’re trying even harder to save the pennies around the festive period then you might consider Dead Cat Comedy for absolutely nothing (though donations are very welcome and wholly justified). For their penultimate show Red Redmond has picked to of Manchester’s finest young acts in the aforementioned Will Duggan (doubling up on a Monday like bona fide hero) and BBC New Comedy finalist Jonny Pelham. Next week see’s Dead Cat last show of the year with Manchester Wire favourites Jack Evans and Liam Pickford so make sure you head to one of the two. Or both. Go to both.

Barbara Nice (pictured) | The Dancehouse | Fri 19 Dec | 8pm | £12
Having seen an abridged version of her show at last week’s Trapdoor Comedy at The Railway in we can wholeheartedly endorse Mrs Barbara Nice’s full show ‘Christmas Cracker’ at The Dancehouse. No matter your age, creed or sensibilities you’ll leave feeling uplifted. In fact you may even leave the building during the show with a sense of elation as Mrs Nice often leads her audience in a mass exodus onto the streets. Part motivational speaker, part worried mum Barbara Nice will get you merry just in time for Chirstmas.

New Comedians | The Comedy Store | Sun 21 Dec | 7.30pm | £3
Alex Boardman introduces his young charges for the last time in 2014 as New Comedians sees the year out with a triumvirate of top acts that are just on the cusp of stardom. Jo D’Arcy, Jay Handley and Scott Bennett will all be joining Boardman on stage to showcase what impeccable taste Boardman has in his favourite young up and comers. Go see them now for £3 at a very nice and friendly gig before you have to pay a whole heap more later in the company of a hundred stag and hen dos on a Friday or Saturday night.

Mon 15 Dec - Sun 21 Dec
John Stansfield
Published on:
Fri 14 Nov 2014