Manchester Jewish Museum is deepening its reputation as a place to see world-class comedy  – and much more – over the coming weeks. This ornate space is one of the most historic synagogues in the UK and comes decked in carved wood and stained glass – expect a night out with a difference. First up is a Jewish comedy night followed by an acclaimed homage to Woody Allen by impressionist Simon Schatzberger. May sees showcases from live lit night, Bad Language and a talk about the Manchester United takeover by former Glazer family associate, Tehsin Nayani.

Jewish comedy night with Gareth Berliner, Josh Howie and Bennett Arron
This should be a no brainer for comedy fans. The line up includes world class comics including Gareth Berliner, Josh Howie and Bennett Arron. Howie is talent behind three solo Edinburgh shows with follow up runs at London’s Soho theatre, has written and presented Sky’s Movie Geek, and starred in two seasons of Comedy Store on Comedy Central. Bennett Arron is an award-winning writer, actor, author and stand-up comedian and is the only Jewish/Welsh comedian on the Comedy Circuit. What more do you need?
Thu 24 Mar, 8pm, £11,

Simon Schatzberger is ‘Woody Allen-ish’ (pic)
Lauded by the impressionist Jon Culshaw and Time Out, among others, this stand-up performance by Simon Schatzberger flatters Woody Allen by mimicking his 1960s comedy routines. It’s sold out venues in London and Edinburgh, so don’t wait for the tickets to fly.
Thu 7 Apr, 8.15pm, £10,

Live lit meets film: Bad Language and the North West Film Archive
Joe Daly (pictured) and his literary accomplices are staging a special live compendium as part of the Museums at Night series, commissioning some of their favourite wordsmiths to create pieces to accompany images and films discovered in the dusty backrooms of Manchester City Council and North West Film Archives.
Thu 12 May, 9pm, £5,

The Glazer Gatekeeper: A Talk with Tehsin Nayani
Tehsin Nayani is a former spokesperson for the Glazer family (of Manchester United fame, and he’s written a book called The Glazer Gatekeeper. This is a chance to hear his side of the story, as he spills the beans on what life was like woking with the Glazers during and following their controversial takeover of Manchester United.
Thu 26 May, 7.30pm, £7,

Manchester Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M8 8LW, Tel: 0161 834 9879,


Thu 24 Mar - Thu 26 May
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Sun 15 May 2016