Sidekick Comedy | Via | Mon 28 Mar | 8pm | £2/FREE (students)
If you were one of the unfortunate ones to be working over the Easter weekend you might be in need of a good laugh. So step forward Kate McCabe and her merry band of mirthmakers at the Village’s finest monthly comedy showcase. First up there is bonkers comedy duo ‘Water Closet’, followed by exciting new act Beckie Fox, Irish charmer Kieran Lawless and one quarter of Gein’s Family Giftshop and one whole of James Meehan. The perfect tonic for the Monday blues.
Foxdog Studios | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 29 Mar | 7.30pm | £5/3
After a successful Edinburgh Fringe when they triumphed in a less than ideal midnight spot and a run at the Soho Theatre Foxdog are having quite the 2016 having been nominated for a Chortle Award recently they now headline Manchester’s longest running independent comedy night XS Malarkey. A mind blowing mix of interactive rock n roll games and top comedy. Probably the only time you;ll be encouraged to get your phone out at a comedy gig.
Ed Aczel (pictured) | The Lowry | Thu 31 Mar | 8pm | £12
Low key and almost anti-comedy Ed Aczel is not exactly the most chaotic comedian you’ll find but he is one of the more intelligent, and with his new show exploring chaos theory ‘The Random Flapping of a Butterfly’s Wings’ he is in crackling laid back form. A comic unlike any other he mixes maths, history and improve to supply the audience with great laughs from the most miniascule of actions and reactions for the non more lackadaisical stand up. An acquired comedic taste for sure, but one well worth acquiring.
Tape Faced Boy | Chorlton Irish Club | Fri 1 Apr | 8.30pm | £10
Chorlton’s monthly comedy show at the Irish Club is proving once more that you really don’t need to battle into the city centre to find great comedy, this time with world renowned silent comic and star of the Royal Variety Performance ‘The Boy With Tape On His Face’. Imperceptibly brilliant, the mime like laughs from this antipodean clown are worth the entry fee alone and he’s used to filling rooms 10 times this size. Also on the bill are Sean Meo and Grainne Maguire with the always excellent Martin Mor on MC duties.
Group Therapy ft. Adam Bloom | Gorilla | Sat 2 Apr | 7pm | £10/8
If you do wish to venture into town for your comedy fix then Manchester’s hottest club is Group Therapy. This place has everything, a Perrier Award nominee, a mute New Zealander and a local legend with the longest arms in comedy. Adam Bloom is the Perrier nominee and has been consistently one of the best comedians in the country for the past decade gaining super fans such as Ricky Gervais and Sir ian McKellen. Making his second appearance is The Boy With Tape On His Face whom we mentioned about five sentences ago and corralling the whole thing with his effortless mix of showbiz pizzazz and back of the bus seediness is Phil Ellis.
Published on: Tue 29 Mar 2016