Fin Taylor (pic) | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 23 Feb | 7.30pm | £5/3
A member of acclaimed abstract podcast and occasional live show ‘Bearpit Comedy’ Fin taylor has been building a reputation as a rising star that promises to teeter over into full blown household name very shortly. Smart and incisive for such a young performer Taylor has won plaudits for critics and crowds alike for his ‘pull no punches’ routines about modern life and growing up as an anti-lad in a lad’s world.

Kieran Hodgson | The Pub/Zoo | Wed 24 & Thu 25 Feb | 7pm | £10
Judged by The Guardian as the best show of 2015 and by anyone who saw it as a masterpiece of character comedy, Kieran Hodgson’s love letter of sorts to Lance Armstrong and indeed the Yorkshire town of his youth is a tour de force de France. Mixing heart with comedy is difficult, especially when there’s songs thrown in there too but Hodgson’s intrepid charm will win over even the most cynical audience member. The Wednesday show sold out fast with the Thursday added due to demand. So bag your tickets quick.

John Robins & Elis James | The Lowry | Sat 27 Feb | 8pm | £13
The duo behind one of Radio X’s most popular shows will be heading to The Lowry this Saturday for a tale of ladhood as John Robins reads from his autobiography ‘A Robins amongst the Pigeons’ the episodic look at his life that can be heard regularly throughout the pairs (alongside Elis James) accompanying podcast. With James poking in with the odd question here and there to query the validity of the tales and generally move the self indulgence along this is a chance to see two of the podsphere’s favourite entertainers live.

Banyan Tree Comedy Night | Banyan Tree | Sun 28 Feb | FREE
Not much is known about this new comedy night at the Banyan Tree other than it will be hosted by Matt Bonnano, it’ll feature some of Manchester’s best up and coming acts and it’s all free. Three pretty decent reasons to get down, also the food at Banyan Tree is top notch and if their quiz night is anything to go off for entertainment then this might be the place to be on the last Sunday of the month.

New Stuff | The Comedy Store | Sun 28 Feb | 7.30pm | £4/2
If the words ‘free’ and ‘comedy’ really put you off then you can always exchange new comedians for old ones doing new material. XS Malarkey hero Toby Hadoke introduces some of his comedy pals to try out some new jokes, anecdotes or meandering routines for your viewing pleasure. Always a high caliber of acts it’s a fascinating insight into the building of a good joke and what it takes to create comedy.

Tue 23 Feb - Sun 28 Feb
John Stansfield
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Tue 23 Feb 2016