Russell Brand | O2 Apollo | Mon 17 Feb | 8pm | SOLD OUT
Before he is elected President of the Universe, Russell Brand still has to finish what has become a mammoth world tour. Taking in deities, activists, terrorists and Hitler, Brand’s Messiah Complex show is a whirlwind of cultural and metaphysical references that furthers his stance as both a conscientious human and a very good stand up. If you can, it might be worth seeing Brand now before his revolution comes and there are no more monetary exchanges for artistic expression. Or when he sells out the Phones 4U Arena.

Katie Mulgrew | Sandbar | Mon 17 Feb | 8pm | FREE
We suggest a trip to Sandbar for Dead Cat Comedy’s free night featuring Kieran Lawless, Kate McCabe, Chris Brooker and headliner Katie Mulgrew. Four top comics for the low, low price of absolute zero (though you can donate something to the bucket at the end). The beer is certainly better than the Tuborg they shill at the Apollo, and with headliner Mulgrew they have a thoughtful, hilarious woman destined for big things.

Marlon Davis (pictured) | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 18 Feb | 8pm | £5/3
XS Malarkey provides mid week laughs with the help of Marlon Davis, a comedian of great repute with just cause. A very funny man who delivers honest, hilarious anecdotal comedy of his surrounding family and friends, this friendly performer laughs at the world around him rather than complaining. Support comes from Daliso Chaponda, Sam Smith and Gerard Meehan, with Toby Hadoke as per your compere.

Danny McLoughlin | South West Manchester Cricket Club | Fri 21 Feb | 8pm | £5
Serving up the most fun you can have at a cricket club, Chorlton Chuckles February line up is a corker with Mancunian mirth maker Danny McLoughlin headlining the night fresh from supporting the tours of Micky Flanagan, Sean Lock and Al Murray. A comic with amazing timing and an audacious style, he mines the minutiae of life for big laughs. Support comes from Jamali Maddix, Nigel Needham and Dave Pollard, with Alex Perry on MC duties, all for just a fiver. No need to leave the burbs for great comedy this Friday.

Tony Law at Group Therapy | Gorilla | Sat 22 Feb | 8pm | £10
Canadian stream of pure consciousness Tony Law meanders his languid way to Gorilla this week for what is fast becoming Manchester’s best comedy night. A strict ‘no stag and hen party’ policy is a bold move in a fiscal sense but results in a nice crowd there to appreciate the acts on stage and not try to out do them with their own heckles. Not that any drunken LADZ could outwit or derail the runaway train that is Tony Law’s mind. Support comes from Denmark’s Sophie Hagen, with Andrew O’Neill returning to MC the whole affair. See our full preview here:

Laughing Cows | Frog and Bucket | Sun 23 Feb | 8pm | £7 (£10 OTD)
Manchester’s only all female comedy night returns to the Frog and Bucket with another cracking line up of comedians who happen to be women. Joanna Neary headlines, who after being nominated for the Perrier Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 for a show nobody saw has decided to resurrect it with added best bits, deluded character and nearly a decade’s worth of common sense and lumbago on top. Also featuring Annette Fagon and compered by the wonderful and accommodating Kerry Leigh, Laughing Cows is a great night to end the week on.

Mon 17 Feb - Sun 23 Feb
John Stansfield
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Mon 17 Feb 2014