Kerry Leigh & Shazia Mirza | Dancehouse | Tue 15 Oct | 8pm | £8
The Women in Comedy Festival continues apace with a great double bill of stand up at Dancehouse Theatre. Kerry Leigh kicks things off with her feel good comedy that has been likened to a verbal hug. She is followed by Shazia Mirza’s show about the difficulties at a life spent making people laugh and missing out on what people think you should have. Mirza has toured all over the world and appeared on television on both sides of the Atlantic but she still hopes one day to have enough money to afford a cleaner and a jacuzzi. A feeling I’m sure we can all relate to.

Elis James (pictured) and Chris Corcoran | Lowry Theatre | Wed 16 Oct | 8pm | £12/10
8 Out of 10 Cats’s Elis James and Rhod Gilbert Show’s Chris Corcoran bring their 21st century take on the working man’s club culture to the Lowry this Wednesday. Taking place at a committee meeting, all members must attend, and membership is extended to all those that read about the event, so well done, you’re now a member. Plus bingo.

Harriet Dyer | Lass O’Gowrie | Wed 16 Oct | 7.30pm | £4
Another cracking double bill, and another cracking night of comedy on a Wednesday. Katie Mulgrew is just back from the Fringe and already working on her next show where she “Faffs about” for an hour. A wonderful comedy presence on the ascendance, worth seeing now for four quid before that cost ascends too. Followed swiftly after by Harriet Dyer who is out to discover where the line is drawn between eccentric and mental. The line may be a little thinner than first anticipated.

Richard Herring | Frog & Bucket | Wed 16 Oct | 7pm | £10/8
Herring brings his Edinburgh show ‘We’re All Going To Die!’ to Manchester for one night only and after sorting out politics, religion, love and penises in his previous shows he now takes on the after life. An always inventive stand up, his popularity means this show is unfortunately sold out, but if you turn up and look a bit sad they might still let you in. Or you could go to the other shows listed above on a Wednesday. Spoilt for choice you are.

Josh Widdicombe | Lowry Theatre | Sat 19 & Sun 20 Oct | 8pm | £16
Since being nominated for best newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2011 Josh Widdicombe has gone from strength to strength. Observational comedy at its finest with the man who’s been dubbed ‘the new Sean Lock’, which is an embarrassment of riches since Sean Lock still exists. A regular on Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Stand Up The Week as well as his co-hosting stint on The Last Leg, Widdicombe is the next big thing of next big things.

Alex Boardman’s Young Guns | The Comedy Store | Sun 20 Oct | 7.30pm | £3
Circuit veteran Boardman gives back to the comedy community by providing a platform for the North’s best new comedians. Hand picked by Alex, he also oversees proceedings with his subtle patter of insults and irony. A great chance to see the best in tomorrow’s stand up. Today. On Sunday.

Tue 15 Oct - Sun 20 Oct
John Stansfield
Published on:
Mon 14 Oct 2013