Quippodrome | Gullivers | Mon 11 Apr | 7.30pm | £4
The renegade masters are back again, laughing in the face of comedy and creating a new show every month it’s time you entered the Quippodrome. Weird Monday night comedy to set you up for the whole week Jack Evans, Jayne Edwards, Jon Whiteley and Edy Hurst deliver skits, characters, videos and the occasional powerpoint presentation to tickle the dark recesses of your mind. Opening up the show are Sam & Tom, a sketch duo that consistently turn in unexpected directions in search of new comedy boundaries. It’s the good stuff.

Ray Peacock | The Old Monkey | Wed 13 Apr | 7.30pm | £3
Once known as the Peacock half of Peacock & Gamble, he may be now more familiar to fans of his podcast collaboration with Barry Dodds in ‘The Parapod’, though really he should be most familiar as top stand up in his own right. With a host of TV appearances including Russell Howard’s Good News, Skins and Not Going Out as well as being nominated for four successive years for a Chortle Award. Accompanying Peacock in the upstairs bar of this great Portland Street watering hole is the silliest billy around David Stanier. A cracking Wednesday night pick me up.

Guinea Pigs | Sandbar | Wed 13 Apr | 8pm | FREE
Red Redmond’s Guinea Pigs is quickly becoming one of Manchester’s best free comedy nights. Mixing together fresh, new acts with more established acts trying fresh, new things. Tonight’s installment has double headliners Fin Taylor and Kate McCabe, a great one-two combo of cracking comedy. Manchester comedy fans may be familiar with McCabe from her hosting of Sidekick in Via and generally being excellent, whereas Fin Taylor is a name you’ll get to know very quickly as he rises up the comedy ladder on his way to being a stand up heavy hitter. All for the price of a swim in a bin.

Romesh Ranganathan | The Lowry | Sun 17 Apr | 8pm | £21.50
Another rising star, Ranganathan is much more established than Fin Taylor but perhaps still not quite a household name (mostly because people struggle to pronounce it). In his latest show ‘Irrational’ he aims to shed light on his own rationality when it comes to world views and how these may be wildly off course, but that if anyone disagrees with him then they are undoubtedly wrong. Funny, smart and with a host of awards and television appearances under his belt (including the excellent ‘Asian Provocateur’ series) it’s best to catch him now before touring schedules get overtaken by the televisual commitment behemoth.

Adam Buxton’s Bug | Albert Hall | Sun 17 Apr | 7pm | £20/18
This is the extra show that was added when the first Adam Buxton Bug Bowie Special show sold out in just over a day. The beauty of this addition is that it’s the day before the original show so none of that labored fatigue you might expect from someone feeling obliged to the extra performance. Not that it would be, Buxton is a consummate professional and his love for the subject matter here will be greatly in evidence. Surely also the first comedy show at the spectacular Albert Hall, let’s hope it’s the first of many.

Mon 11 Apr - Sun 17 Apr
John Stansfield
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Mon 11 Apr 2016