Bethany Black | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 12 Jul | 7.30pm | £5/3
August might not seem that close to you but ask any comedian and they’ll tell you just how ‘around the corner’ it is. Especially when you’re heading to the world’s biggest arts festival. As part of XS Malarkey’s spectacular line up of Fringe previews is Bethany Black’s (Extra)Ordinary which tracks the two years of the comic’s life where everything seemed to implode. You know what they say, tragedy + time = comedy. Judging by the amount of things that went wrong in Black’s life this show should be downright hilarious.

Carl Donnelly & John Hastings (pictured) | Frog & Bucket | Wed 13 Jul | 8pm | £5/3
More Edinburgh previews with this double bill of great comic storytellers at the Frog & Bucket this Wednesday. Donnelly is previewing new show ‘Bad Man Tings’ which documents his new found self hating liberal lifestyle after the wild excesses of his late twenties, whilst Canadian Hastings tells the story of one disastrous day with ‘Integrity’. Two top stand up shows for just a midweek fiver.

Danny McLoughlin & Gary Delaney | Deaf Institute | Thu 14 Jul | 7pm | £5
Group Therapy has been consistently one of the best nights of comedy in the city over the past few years and a lot of their charm has been due to regular compere Danny McLoughlin. Tonight he takes centre stage alongside frequent GT comic Gary Delaney to preview his new Edinburgh show ‘Philip Was Right’. McLoughlin is a wonderful storyteller and this one about something bad that happened when he was ten and the ramifications it has had on his adult life. McLoyghlin’s comic timing from his MC work serves him well and his ability to finely craft a joke makes him one of the best comics in the North West today.

Hayley Ellis | The Ruby Lounge | Thu 14 Jul | 7.30pm | FREE
Insurance is usually no laughing matter, but with the help of geordie everyman Chris Ramsey, insurance company Swiftcover are putting a series of ace comedy gigs on across the country. Though the self described ‘most dangerous man on TV’ is not present at tonight’s event he has chosen some of his favourites with fellow geordie Carl Hutchinson, rising star Bilal Zafar and Manchester hero Hayley Ellis. Sign up for free at the link below to grab your tickets.

Chris Kehoe | Gullivers | Thu 14 Jul | 9pm | FREE
It seems Thursday is the night to put on a bargain comedy night on in Manchester this week with satirist Chris Kehoe showcasing ‘The Second Coming of Chris’ at the Greater Manchester Fringe. Chris has been gathering up rave reviews from audiences and comedians alike with his spot on and original take on the news of the world. At a time of horrendous political schisms Kehoe brings much needed smarts to as many polemical subjects as he can. This country might not have a bright future, but Kehoe does.

Tue 12 Jul - Thu 14 Jul
John Stansfield
Published on:
Tue 12 Jul 2016