Sidekick Comedy | Via | Mon 30 Nov | 7.30pm | £2
For its penultimate outing of 2015 the village’s finest comedy evening has a show jam packed with the out there and the avant garde, also the 25th annual Mr Leather award winner. Mr Leather, or as he’s better known John Pendal who’ll be drawing on his experiences of competing for such a prestigious honour. Also stopping by is Danny Pensive, the manchild form of comedian and improviser extraordinaire John Cooper. Solid support from Chris Cantrill and Amanda Graham, as well as Kate McCabe on hosting duties makes this the best £2 event Monday has ever seen.

Alfie Brown (pictured) | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 1 Dec | 7.30pm | £5/3
Being heralded as ‘the future of British stand-up’ can be a heavy title to hold for anyone but Alfie Brown seems to be taking it in his stride. His neurotic look at modern culture is the anti-thesis of laddishness, smart and erudite he tackles complex subjects with masterful ease. It might be time they start acknowledging his time as the present of British stand up.

Ray Peacock | Zombie Shack | Wed 2 Dec | 7pm | £5
There aren’t many comedy shows that can claim to be genuinely making a difference in the world but Harriet Dyer’s Barking Tales is making a very good go of it, offering a safe place for comedians to speak about mental health issues and donating all the profits to Manchester Mind in the process. This month their headliner is the magnificent Ray Peacock, who having touched on his past mental health issues in his 2014 nationwide tour ‘Here Comes Trouble’ will be speaking further about the problems faced by those that are paid to make us laugh. A comedy night you can definitely feel good about going to in every sense.

David Trent and John Kearns | Gorilla | Sat 5 Dec | 7.30pm | £12/10
Group Therapy have had an excellent year of live comedy, their monthly Saturday night showcase of the best in alternative comedy has seen appearances from David Cross, Joe Lycett and Glenn Wool and they’ve just successfully launched a second night at The Tiger Lounge after a series of successful Edinburgh previews there back in June and July. So how do you top off such an amazing year? With a spectacular double headline bill featuring of Fosters Comedy Award WinnerJohn Kearns and master of powerpoint David Trent with Phill Jupitus on hosting duties. Something for everyone.

John Hastings | The Heatons Sports Club | Sun 6 Dec | 7.45pm | £7.50
Looking for a comedy night that’s a little closer to home? Is your home in Heaton Moor or any of the surrounding Heatons? Well, good then. For there is a phenomenal stand up show right around the corner from you at The Heatons Sports Club featuring bright young Canadian thing John Hastings. Judging by that country’s output of comedy greats Hastings has a lot of good buzz about him. As does support act Russell Hicks from neighbouring America, who are also not too shabby at making great stand ups.

Mon 30 Nov - Sun 6 Dec
John Stansfield
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Mon 30 Nov 2015