Beat The Frog World Series Final | The Frog & Bucket | Mon 9 Nov | £3 (FREE with NUS)
Often the place where stand-ups from Manchester take their first steps into comedy, the Frog & Bucket’s flagship night Beat The Frog has helped many a young comic get their start. Every year the winners of the weekly gong show are invited to take part in the ‘World Series’ – and tonight nine hopefuls are looking to be crowned winner, with Dan Nightingale a gleeful host.

Penella Mellor | Taurus | Tue 10 Nov | 7.30pm | £5/£4
Speaking of World Series, 2013’s winner is hosting a night of laughs with some of the comedy friends she’s picked up in the couple of years since the Beat the Frog springboard. Accompanying the darker side of motherhood that Mellor riffs on are Big Lou, Freda Chattington, Vince Atta, Colin Manford and Allyson June Smith. Paying it forward, Mellor is also invited a smattering of new fresh comics in a short showcase of hot young things from the circuit.

Simon Munnery (pictured) | Gorilla | Sat 14 Nov | 7pm | £10
Entitling his show ‘And Nothing But’ is an aside to the various concept shows Munnery has brought to the city in the past – be it his Fylm School or his last tour when he dissected the works of Soren Kierkegaard. That’s not to say that what Munnery presents will not be some of the most innovative and original comedy you’ve ever seen, from a man who can be no one but himself.

Holly Burn & Spencer Jones | The Dancehouse | Sat 14 Nov | 8pm | £8 adv/£10 otd
Though Holly Burn and Spencer Jones are two character comedians who both had very successful Edinburgh Fringes that is where the similarities end. Spencer Jones brings ‘The Herbert’, his bizarre man-child clown creation that has echoes of Mr Bean and some of Reeves and Mortimer’s creations. It’s unpretentious and downright hilarious. Holly Burn plays the teenage Geordie firecracker Kirsty K, mourning her grandmother in a host of inappropriate ways with a great deal of charm and some excellent writing.

Kyle Kinane | The Pub/Zoo | Sun 15 Nov | 7.30pm | £10
One of America’s favourite stand-ups Kinane might not quite be a household name in the UK yet -he may not even be a name regular comedy club goers might know. He is, however, one they should really learn and gobble up as many of his comedy specials around the internet. Or rather go and see him live as he performs for the first time in Manchester after a successful Edinburgh with his show ‘Ghost Pizza Party’. A storytelling comic that becomes an old friend as he delves into his darkest secrets and thoughts upon the intricacies of the modern world. Worth taking a punt on your new favourite stand-up.

Thanks to @johnwinsagain

Mon 9 Nov - Sun 15 Nov
John Stansfield
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Mon 9 Nov 2015