Dead Cat Comedy Club | TV21 | Mon 23 Sep | 8pm | FREE
MC Red Redmond welcomes three great acts to the basement of TV21 for your comedy pleasure. This week he will be bringing Danny Sutcliffe, David Stanier and Jay Hampson for an excellent of new comedy. Sutcliffe is as dead pan as they come with a Manc twang that make his jokes teeter on threatening. Stanier is the strangest children’s TV presenter you’ve never seen, and headliner Jay Hampson won the coveted Beat The Frog World Series this year.

Steve Shanyaski and Daniel Townes | Jabez Clegg | Tue 24 Sep | 7pm | £5/3
It appears to be the week for comedy birthdays as XS Malarkey turns sweet 16 with the sweetest of line ups. Featuring a double headlining bill of and Daniel Townes. Shanyaski has been featured on ITV1s Comedy Rocks and Comedy Central’s Comedy Store, and is a great fan of outrageous shirts. Australian Townes (pictured) has just returned from another successful Fringe and is ready to showcase what he refined during that month in Edinburgh. Tow great stand ups for the price of one. Also featuring support from Gein’s Family Giftshop and Elaine Birchall.

Comedy Balloon | Ape & Apple | Wed 25 Sep | 8.30pm | FREE
Entering its teenage years with an air of grace and maturity is Comedy Balloon, which celebrates 13 years this Wednesday. In that time they’ve seen then fledgling comedians such as Alan Carr and Sarah Millican perform early sets, and hosted Edinburgh previews for the likes of Seymour Mace, Jason Cook and Toby Hadoke. The birthday line up will feature Dotty Winters, Sean Duffy, Ste Poland, Mike Milling and more to be confirmed. For free.

Vikki Stone | The Lowry | Fri 27 Sep | 8pm | £12
Musical comedians are the stand up equivalent of marmite. Other comedians are the most vitriolic in deriding their fellow professionals for using a ‘five string prop’, but then when done right musical comedy can be something brilliant showcasing both comedic and vocal chops. One such act is Vikki Stone, and after a stellar show at this year’s Fringe she arrives in Salford flushed with some great songs about all the important things in life. Also Phillip Schofield. Read our full preview here.

Group Therapy | Gorilla | Sat 28 Sep | 7pm | £10/8
Another birthday this week is the youngest of the comedy family. Turning one is Group Therapy, a comedy night for comedy fans (they forbid stag and hen dos) celebrates 12 months at its home in Gorilla’s cavernous music hall. Favourites new and old approach the stage with Will Franken, Ben Target and MC John Luke Roberts. Special attention should be paid to support act Liam Williams, a fantastically eloquent and dry comedian, Williams is almost certainly destined for big things. Provided he doesn’t go through with that suicide he’s always promising. Read our full preview here.

New Stuff | The Comedy Store | Sun 29 Sep | 7.30pm | £3
Establish acts testing out new material. You could witness the birthing of a new spectacular bit or you could witness the horrible execution of an act. Either way its an free and easy exchange of new gags and sets with genial help from the always brilliant Toby Hadoke as MC.

Mon 23 Sep - Sun 29 Sep
John Stansfield
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Mon 23 Sep 2013