This week we’re jam packed with excellent shows taking part in this year’s Women In Comedy Festival.

Alexandra Haddow at Cane & Grain | Mon 9 Oct | 8.30pm | £8

One of the most exciting rising stars in UK comedy as well as one of twitter’s most prolific joke writers, Alexandra Haddow brings her debut show to the Women In Comedy Festival for a Monday night treat. Not My Finest Hour is anything but, with pinpoint accurate millennial angst about everything she’s gotten wrong in her life so far, from sex and relationships to kids and dancing.

Lair Lounge, Cane & Grain, 49 - 51 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA
Kelly Ricard at Fierce Bar | Tue 10 Oct | 8.30pm | £3

One of the best things about the Women In Comedy Festival is the platform it gives to new, female-identifying acts to try their luck in front of an audience where they might not usually be afforded the chance. One such new comedian is Kelly Ricard, a Newcastle-based comic first dipping their toe into the choppy waters of the debut hour. A moving, yet memorably hilarious hour about how she ‘lost her mind to motherhood’ this is one to take a chance on and discover the next big thing before they even know it.

Fierce Bar, 57 Thomas St, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1NA
The Rise and Fall of Nerine Skinner at Creatures Comedy Club | Sat 14 Oct | 2.45pm | £6

You may recognise Nerine Skinner because of her pinpoint accurate portrayal of Liz Truss (aka Liv Struss) online during the former Prime Minister’s brief but memorable stint at No. 10. Here Nerine draws back the curtain on what it’s like to gain such notoriety and then to have your career inextricably aligned with someone famous for being a failure.

Creatures Comedy Club, Basement, 21 Hilton Street, Manchester M1 1JJ
Lindsey Santoro at Fierce Bar | Sat 14 Oct | 5.30pm | £6

Lindsey Santoro has been a favourite of those that frequent comedy clubs for the past few years and after a stellar Edinburgh Fringe where she was nominated as Best Newcomer for her debut show ‘Pink Tinge’ she’s now enjoying even more success. She’s bringing that show to Fierce Bar and the shocking news is that tickets are only £6. What’s even more shocking is that there a few left! Go get them and see what all the fuss is about. You won’t be disappointed.

Fierce Bar Vaults, 57 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA
Anna Thomas at Fierce Bar | Sun 15 Oct | 3pm | £5

Quite simply one of our favourite comics. To call Anna Thomas ‘naturally funny’ does her a great disservice. Don’t get us wrong, she is, and she’d be funny reading the phonebook but it undermines the fantastic routines she crafts and perfects through graft, and yes being naturally funny. A BBC New Comedy Award Winner as well as tour support for the likes of Joe Lycett and Kiri Pritchard-McLean, you’ve got to see Anna.

Fierce Bar Vaults, 57 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA
Mon 9 Oct - Sun 15 Oct
John Stansfield
Published on:
Mon 9 Oct 2023