Grace Petrie has an extra show at The Lowry, James Acaster has a couple of tickets left for his run there, and Chris Cantrill headlines XS Malarkey.

Chris Cantrill at XS Malarkey | Tue 22 Aug | 7.30pm | £6/3

For their first night in their permanent new home XS Malarkey have a headline set from Chris Cantrill of The Delightful Sausage. Known primarily as one half of the Edinburgh Award double nominated sketch group, Cantrill’s unique voice and fantastic turns of phrase make him a perfect solo stand-up and one you should seek out whenever possible. Turning the mundane into pure whimsy and the smallest slight into a Liam Neeson-esque vendetta, Cantrill comes across as a Yorkshire Larry David at times, only with better hair and a stake in a B&B.

53Two, Arch 19 Watson St, Manchester M3 4LP
Grace Petrie at The Lowry | Sat 26 Aug | 8pm | £14

After selling out her first show Grace Petrie has thanked added a bonus performance of her new tour ‘Butch Ado About Nothing’. The comedy folk protest singer songwriter is a pure force of nature and when you’re not laughing you’ll be learning. You may even leave a fair bit angrier than when you went in as she highlights injustice and cruelty in note perfect songs but you’ll no doubt have had an excellent time. The right, and necessary, blend of funny and making you think.

The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
James Acaster at The Lowry | Fri 25 Aug | 8pm | £24

Feels strange that there are tickets left for a James Acaster show the week of going to press but here we are. We should caveat that there are literally two tickets left across his four night run at The Lowry, but any comedy fan worth their salt (who isn’t already going) should snap them up immediately. Sorry if someone read this before you and grabbed them! Oh and if you didn’t already know James Acaster is very good at comedy and you should get tickets whenever possible.

The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
Tue 22 Aug - Sat 26 Aug
John Stansfield
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Mon 21 Aug 2023