A few funny festive treats for you as we make our way into December with Sunil Patel, Tom Ward and Rob Newman.

Sunil Patel at XS Malarkey | Tue 6 Dec | 7.30pm | £6/3

Low-key stand-up is the order of the day at XS Malarkey as Sunil Patel headlines a tasty-looking lineup for a Tuesday night treat. Patel has been quietly going about his business as one of the most solid comedians in the country for the past five years or so and is now starting turn up on our TV screens in the likes of Live at the Moth Club and Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club. Go see a master of lo-fi hijinks.

The Bread Shed, 126 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HL
Tom Ward: Anthem | Wed 7 Dec | 8pm | £10-12

Fresh from his celebrated debut on Live at the Apollo, Tom Ward embarks on his first-ever national tour, stopping by at the Frog & Bucket for a midweek pick-me-up. A brand-new construction of offbeat observations and top-notch whimsical detours, Ward is the heir apparent to Noel Fielding’s surreal throne and is unmatched in his bizarre verbosity. As seen on The Stand Up Sketch Show, Live from the BBC, Roast Battle and Stand Up Central, Ward has also supported Jack Whitehall, Joe Lycett, Jason Manford and Sindhu Vee on tour so make sure you get in on the ground floor for this future star.

The Frog & Bucket, 102 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LJ, Tel: 0161 236 9805
Rob Newman at HOME | Fri 9 Dec | 7.30pm | £17

Award-winning veteran comedian Rob Newman is back on tour, fresh from his BBC Radio 4 series Rob Newman On Air and once more asking the big questions. This time they range from ‘who are we?’ and ‘where are we going?’ to ‘how do spiders fly?’ Newman’s curiosity and intellect know no bounds and this is sure to be another cerebral mash of big ideas and silly conceits from one of the best to do it.

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Tue 6 Dec - Fri 9 Dec
John Stansfield
Published on:
Mon 5 Dec 2022