Sidekick Comedy | Via, Canal Street | Mon 16 Dec | 7pm | £2
Arriving two weeks early to give the baby Jesus some breathing space in his celebrations, the unselfish Kate McCabe introduces three great acts on the North West Scene. Peter Brush was a recent finalist in the BBC Radio New Comedy Award and is a one liner craftsman to rival Stewart Francis. Dead Cat Comedy leader Red Redmond takes off his MC hat and pops on his stand up hat, which is a very impressive hat. Headlining is comedy’s gift to the bodybuilding world, Jayne Edwards, an awkward braggart who might just bring a special guest on stage who’s got a big birthday coming up.

The Worst Xmas Party 2013 | Kings Arms | Tue 17 Dec | 8.30pm | FREE
In celebration of the worst comedy night in Salford that in spite of its name is still going strong at the Kings Arms, there will be comedy, cake and… despair (according to the promoters). Don’t let the name fool you, there’s much worse comedy nights, for example Roy Chubby Brown’s on at the Apollo at the weekend. It could be so much worse.

XMAS Barrel of Laughs | Frog and Bucket | Wed 18 Dec | 7pm | £14
Frog and Bucket caters to the Christmas crowds with three great acts to warm your Christmas cockles. Jonathan Mayor will guide you through the evening with his none too subtle mix of camp-ery and biting insults. He is joined by comedy titans Mick Ferry and Paul Tonkinson who will be on hand to swat away any would be drunken office party hecklers with aplomb. A great line up for a very reasonable price.

Etch a Sketch | Montpellier’s | Thu 19 Dec | 8pm | FREE
Marking itself out as a great venue for live comedy, Montpellier’s on Back Turner Street celebrates the Christmas period with a special Etch a Sketch show in their basement club. Bringing together their favourite acts from the past year of Etch a Sketch shows as well as a few new acts, this outing will see Jeni Howarth Williams and James Pemberton continue the high caliber of act that are itching to perform at Etch.

New Stuff | The Comedy Store | Sun 22 Dec | 7.30pm | £3
Toby Hadoke invites his comedy pals to the stage to try out any new material they might be working on to a friendly easy going crowd. With Edinburgh previews gathering pace in the New Year there may well be a few big names trying out their latest bits. Or since its Christmas there might just be a bunch of pissed up comedians shouting gibberish at you. Either way, that’s entertainment.

Sun 22 Dec
John Stansfield
Published on:
Fri 20 Dec 2013