After a year without much to laugh about the Women in Comedy Festival is coming back to Manchester this October with a phenomenal lineup that’s made it really difficult to condense to five of the best…

Eryn Tett Finds Her Audience | Tue 5 Oct | 6.45pm | £5

A left field choice to start us off but Eryn Tett has been generating a fair bit of buzz across the open mic scene in the city and on social media with her abstract tiktoks a particular delight. She’s looking to ‘find her audience’ in this new show which is as much science experiment as experimental comedy and Tett’s future looks like she’ll find quite the large crowd very soon.

Fierce Bar, 57 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA, Tel: 0161 241 7032
Lou Conran: A work in progress | Wed 6 Oct | 7.45pm | £5

Lou has long been one of the jewels of the Manchester comedy scene and of late seems to be getting a little more national attention, and rightly so, thanks to her new podcast “Spit or Swallow” about drinking, amongst other things. This new work in progress will be a bawdy delight and we can’t wait to see what Conran serves up for us.

Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LW, Tel: 0161 819 2970
Thanyia Moore: Bully (WIP) | Thu 7 Oct | 7pm | £6

Most recently popping up in Sophie Willan’s excellent sitcom ‘Alma’s Not Normal’ (seek that out for more great women in comedy!), Thanyia Moore brings a new show about bullying and being bullied and what those two choices can lead to. Fresh, fierce and very, very funny Moore is on the cusp of being a household name.

Tribeca, 50 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3WF, Tel: 07958 642090
Sian Davies: About Time | Sun 10 Oct | 6pm | £6

Sian Davies’ debut hour is called About Time chronicling as it does Sian’s inability to grow up, but it could also refer to the wait we’ve had for a full show from this brilliant comic. Davies has long been a favourite of the North West scene and a champion of working class talent so it’s now time for her to champion herself. Having won the award for Best Debut Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2020 she’ll have plenty of others championing her too.

Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LW, Tel: 0161 819 2970
Sara Barron: Enemies Closer | Sun 10 Oct | 8pm | £14

The final show of the festival may also be the biggest as Sara Barron closes out ten days packed with comedy all across the city and her show ‘Enemies Closer’. A rising star who has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Would I Lie to You? and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order after being nominated for Best Newcomer at the Fringe in 2018. It’s hard to believe this is only her second show, so polished is her act and so gleaming her CV. A great way to cap off a fine festival.

Frog and Bucket, 102 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LJ, Tel: 0161 236 9805
Fri 1 Oct - Sun 10 Oct
John Stansfield
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Mon 20 Sep 2021