Tour shows from Marjolein Robertson and Liam Withnail as well as previews from Rob Copland and Paddy Young provide the funny this week in Manchester.

Liam Withnail at The Frog & Bucket | Tue 7 May | 8pm | £15

One of the most talked about shows at last year’s Fringe finally makes its way to Manchester as Liam Withnail’s critically acclaimed Chronic Boom arrives at The Frog on Tuesday. Withnail wonderfully retells the story of his struggles with chronic illness and hilariously reckons with his new reality during a hospital stay. An enlightening show that packs an emotional punch.

The Frog & Bucket, 102 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LJ
Marjolein Robertson at Cultplex | Thu 9 May | 7pm | £12

Another hit Edinburgh show that is only just making its way to Manchester is Marjolein Robertson’s award-winning debut Marj this Thursday at Cultplex. The Shetland Isles-based stand-up has built up a loyal social media following with her hilarious tellings of folklore from the island she calls home. This brand-new hour promises more of the same in her own inimitable surreal style.

Cultplex, GRUB, 50 Red Bank, Manchester M4 4HF
Paddy Young and Rob Copland at Fierce Bar | Sun 12 May | 6pm | £8

Already preparing for an assault on this year’s Edinburgh Fringe are talented pair Paddy Young and Rob Copland who will be staging a special two-hander of previews this Sunday evening. Young was nominated for Best Newcomer last year and follows that up with the immaculately named If I Told You I’d Have To Kiss You. Meanwhile, Rob Copland is an effervescent performer who may be best known for his ability to drink 14 cans of Boddingtons at his Dad’s house and document it on social media (well worth your time checking that out). A great way to end your week and start your picks for the Fringe this year.

Fierce Bar, 57 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA
Tue 7 May - Sun 12 May
John Stansfield
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Mon 6 May 2024