Jack Evans | The Castle Hotel | Mon 25 Jul | 7.30pm | £3
Quippodrome’s idiot ringmaster Jack Evans presents the last of his previews for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, so if you’re not planning on heading up to the Fringe, go see one of the weirdest shows of the festival in its almost completed form. Evans is one of the most exciting and bewildering comedians working in Manchester at the moment and his debut hour showcases that perfectly.

Justin Moorhouse (pictured) | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 26 Jul | 7.30pm | £5/3
One of the city’s hardest working comics; Moorhouse headlines the city’s hardest working comedy club with his new Edinburgh show People and Feelings. Justin is one of the most charming comedians around regularly MCing comedy nights in Manchester and it is a joy to watch him do long form stints. His observations universal and pinpoint, this is a great night out made complete with supporting turns from Rob Rouse and Stuart Laws.

Funny Women Semi Final | The Lowry | Fri 29 Jul | 8pm | £12
If you’ve avoided all media (both social and the regular kind) recently then you might be unaware that they’ve remade Ghostbusters with an all female cast. And would you believe it: It’s very, very funny. Women. Being funny. A travesty. If you can’t get past the idea of those without a Y chromosome being hilarious then you might want to give this excellent competition’s semi final a miss. Past winners include Katherine Ryan and Sara Pascoe, which is an indicator of the standard of the competitors. It’s a very high standard. You should go.

DAFT | The Dancehouse | Sat 30 Jul | 8.30pm | £8
Another night of daftness at The Dancehouse as Lee Fenwick and Peter Slater resurrect the much missed SOS TV Live days with a show of characters, sketch and madness. Helped along by Red Redmond’s bitchy alter ego Scarlett SoHandsome (arguably the best drag name around) and scouse enigma Keith Carter as well as a host of special guest from the alternative fringes of the comedy scene. A great night out, and very, very daft.

Mon 25 Jul - Sun 31 Jul
John Stansfield
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Tue 26 Jul 2016