Gein’s Family Giftshop | Lass O’Gowrie | Mon 4 Nov | 7.30pm | FREE
With Halloween fresh in the memory get yourself down to Gein’s Family Giftshop for some macabre sketches from Manchester’s premiere troupe of lost souls. A stellar line up also includes Steve Shanyaski and David Stanier.

Quippopotamus | Odd Bar | Tue 5 Nov | 8pm | FREE
Last month’s debut Quip at Odd Bar saw bodybuilder Jayne Edwards dazzle with her rippling abs and her gripping autobiography, Robin Thicke turn up with a tombola made of tits and Phil Ellis attempt asphyxiation with a Sainsburys bag before murdering a pack of Seabrooks with a hammer. In order to top that ridiculous chain of events MC Jack Evans has invited ex-shipyard worker Mick Sargeant and Ryvita dry comic Peter Brush.

Mick Ferry | The Kings Arms | Wed 6 Nov | 7.30pm | £5
Presenting his Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Mick Ferry has been found wanting’ for the Greater Manchester Comedy Festival currently running at the Kings Arms, comedy circuit stalwart Ferry delivers a withering look at his own life from the viewpoint of his family. After appearances on BBC3’s Best of the Fest, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Sky1’s You Must Be Joking, a fiver to see his show is quite frankly a steal. Hop to it.

Some News | The Kings Arms | Thu 7 Nov | 8.45pm | £5
Topical patter comes from self-proclaimed ‘new addict’ Steve N Allen where his show takes a satirical swipe at the news of today and what effect it may have on our lives, and how do we then fix said lives. After successful stints in Edinburgh, Brighton, Nottingham and Leicester Allen is ready to bring his improvisational show to Manchester.

Laugh Local | Chorlton Irish Club | Fri 8 Nov | 6.30pm | £15
Justin Moorhouse returns once to host Chorlton’s finest comedy club, Laugh Local at Chorlton Irish. Bringing a stellar line up with him in fellow Phoenix Nights alum Archie Kelly (Kenny Snr), unpronounceable white haired Irish comic Ciamh McDonnell, Ben Lawes and making his second appearance on the list David Stanier. Pasty supper is also provided and the bar is open til late as DJ Phil Beckett takes to the decks.

Rachel Fairburn (pictured) | The Kings Arms | Sat 9 Nov | 5pm | £3
Another stand out of the Greater Manchester Comedy Festival Rachel Fairburn’s show delightfully, and misleadingly, named ‘All The Fun Of The Fairburn’ follows the daily woes of a young woman who believes melancholia is in her genes. Misery loves comedy just as much as company and Fairburn mines a great deal of gold out of her strife. Hopefully she’ll also be selling copies of her ‘Serial Killers Colouring Book’ too

Hal Cruttenden | The Lowry | Sun 10 Nov | 8pm | £12/10
After strong showings at Edinburgh, on Live At The Apollo and The Royal Variety Performance Hal Cruttenden has been carving out quite a name for himself in the desk of comedy. A warm yet catty, straight but camp juxtaposition of a human Cruttenden is destined for bigger venues so try to see him in as intimate as this one at The Lowry.

Thanks to @johnwinsagain

Sun 10 Nov
John Stansfield
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Sun 10 Nov 2013