Simon Munnery | Gorilla | Sat 26 Apr | 8pm | £10/£8
The multi-award-winning Simon Munnery comes to the comedy show for comedy lovers this weekend with his brand new show ‘Fylm’. An attempt by the imaginative performer to bridge the gap between live performance and filmed sketch, this show is sure to please his existing fans and turn the heads of those that might not have heard of him. Recently seen and heard on Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Munnery is finally getting the attention he so richly deserves. Go see him at this great venue for comedy before he gets bored of fame and starts letting the handbrake off parked cars and such. See our full preview here.

Quippopotamus | Fuel, Withington | Sun 27 Apr | 8pm | FREE
Comedy comes to South Manchester on a Sunday with two great shows action packed with some of the best comic talents around. First up is free comedy with a screw loose at Fuel for Quippopotamus. Cross-dimensional brain fart Jack Evans introduces a couple of Edinburgh hopefuls as fellow comedy night promoter Red Redmond hops across from Dead Cat to show some of his upcoming Fringe efforts, and melancholy munchkin Rachel Fairburn brings her bleak musings that’s sure to delight and depress a Withington crowd as much as the Edinburgh hoard she’ll entertain come August. Rounding out an impressive (AND FREE) line-up is newcomer Ros Ballinger, making her first appearance at Quip and sure to be a mad treat. Everything is always upstairs at Fuel, even the loos.

Gary Delaney | Antwerp Mansion, Rusholme | Sun 27 Apr | £5
At the same time in Rusholme’s favourite crack-den-turned-club-venue Antwerp Mansion is Shits and Giggles, featuring the ever-popular Gary Delaney. His rapid-fire gaggery is unsurpassed and, as a Mock The Week regular, he has proven himself as one of the UK’s best joke writers. Also on the bill are musical comedian Ruth E. Cockburn, a stand-up who mines her upbringing for great laughs and indeed a degree of warmth, especially when talking about the stranger aspects of her family. The line-up is rounded out by stand up granddad AFC Baggy, a circuit hero who is sure to get the audience bouncing.

Sidekick Comedy | Via Fossa | Mon 28 Apr | 7.30pm | £2
The Village’s alternative comedy night brings you another great line-up, which is quite frankly a steal for two of your English pounds. US ex-pat Kate McCabe welcomes fellow hilarious émigré in Canada’s Allyson June Smith, a star of Canadian TV channel CTV and the Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival. Canadian comics are usually of a great standard, combining the Brit’s knowledge of irony and America’s brasher qualities – and Smith is no different. Ably supported by the likes of odd ball of energy Edy Hurst, vegan anarchist Will Setchel and the excellent Jon Newell, there’s not many better ways to spend a Monday evening. Provided you’re taping Game of Thrones.

Liam Williams | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 29 Apr | 8pm | £5/£3
If you’ve been putting off going to any of the XS Malarkey gigs at their new (kind of) home at The Pub/Zoo then firstly, what the hell’s the matter with you – and secondly, make sure you get to this one. Liam Williams, a favourite son of London comedy powerhouse The Invisible Dot, headlines here. A dour misanthropic genius of a Yorkshireman, grown old before his time, Williams will be commanding giant audiences in the future – but for now you get to see him in an intimate venue because lovely people like XS Malarkey exist.

Sarah Millican (pictured) | O2 Apollo | Thu 1 May | 8pm | £25
As Sarah Milican’s new husband will be busting guts in Fallowfield on Sunday (she recently wed Gary Delaney), she arrives in town a few days later to start a four-day stint at the Apollo. This is her third national tour – and she is well on her way to national treasure levels. A master of understated delivery and finding hilarity in the mundane, Millican’s latest show is about her new-found domestic bliss. Following the breakdown of her last marriage, which led to her career in stand-up, she’s sure to mine her second for just as many laughs. Let’s just hope it doesn’t end the same way.

Thanks to @johnwinsagain

Fri 25 Apr - Thu 1 May
John Stansfield
Published on:
Fri 25 Apr 2014