Sully O’Sullivan + co at MACE | Kosmonaut | Mon 15 Feb | 8pm | £5
As tour support for heavy metal comic Steve Hughes and wrestling legend Mick Foley (Mankind/Cactus Jack/Dude Love) Sully O’Sullivan (pic) has marked himself as quite the alternative comedian. The New Zealander then is perfect headline fodder for Manchester’s Alternative Comedy Emporium this Monday at Kosmonaut. Alongside Beat the Frog World Series winner Jay Hampson and Magner’s Best New Talent winner Sophie Willan this is quite the night for emerging talent.

The Delightful Sausage | The Castle | Tue 16 Feb | 7.30pm | £3
Though the word ‘alternative’ doesn’t feature in their legend, in it’s short few months of operation ‘The Delightful Sausage’ has shown itself to be more alternative than a Bernie Sanders-Jeremy Corbyn squishfest. Offering up their strange this month is highly rated money saving expert Ben Clover and low key nihilist comic Sunil Patel, alongside Manchester’s weirder and wilder acts such as Amy Gledhill, Jayne Edwards and Jack Evans. All glued together by the small mouthed charm of Chris Cantrill.

Gein’s Family Giftshop | The Lowry | Wed 17 Feb | 8pm | £12
Manchester’s favourite sketchual dealers Gein’s Family Giftshop bring their first nationwide tour back home as they show off their ‘trophy collection’. A mix of skits from their first tour Edinburgh shows, both winning rave reviews and the first garnering a best newcomer nomination in 2014. Recently announcing they won’t be heading up to the Fringe for a third year in a row so this may be your only chance to get your fix of scatological sketch play from the P.E. kit wearing threesome.

The Boy With Tape On His Face | Joshua Brooks | Sat 20 Feb | 7pm | £8
For many the words ‘mime artist’ is enough to bring on cold sweats and a horrendous school trip to Notre Dame, but Australia’s ‘The Boy With Tape On His Face’ is here to assuage those fears with his anarchic brand of silent and prop based comedy. Having appeared at the Royal Variety and toured worldwide this is a great chance to see one of the planet’s best performers in the intimate surrounds of Joshua Brooks for less than a tenner.

Tony Law | The Lowry | Sat 20 Feb | 8pm | £18
Take a trip through the tangled mind of Tony Law this Saturday evening, the Canadian contrarian comes packed with awards, TV appearances and a brain that’s not quite like any other comic in the country. In this latest show ‘Frillemorphesis’ he looks at the problems of middle age as Tony himself starts to question his own mortality but for the most part it is his unhinged world view where everything seems made up on the spot (and may well be) that has fans clambering to see what new thought springs he might shoot forth.

Mon 15 Feb - Sun 21 Feb
John Stansfield
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Mon 15 Feb 2016