Glenn Wool | Joshua Brooks | Mon 2 May | 7.30pm | £8
Whilst you may be suffering from your own existential dread after a bonus weekend night out, Glenn Wool’s is definitely much funnier. The Canadian comic has been thinking about his place in the world and the ludicrous misadventures he has found himself in over the years have meant he believes there may be a God, and he’s just having a laugh at our expense. In no way preachy, this serves as a construct for one of the world’s best comedic storytellers to do exactly that, tell stories. Each more ridiculous than the last.

Gein’s Family Giftshop | Kosmonaut | Mon 2 May | 7.30pm | FREE
If however the Bank Holiday has completely cleaned you out of both money and mirth then Manchester’s premier sketch act Gein’s Family Giftshop have got you covered with a frankly alarmingly good Monday night line up. No doubt reeling themselves from a weekend at comedy mecca MachFest in Wales they have brought along some of their finest comedy friends to get you through the Bank Holiday Blues. Keith Carter, Katie Mulgrew and Danny McLoughlin lead a charge of the North West’s best, with the wry and dry Mr Will Duggan to keep things ticking along legendarily.

Sophie Willan | Zombie Shack | Wed 4 May | 7pm | £5
Having grown up in and out of care homes Sophie Willan received her personal records from the state at the age of 23 and so has done what any self respecting comedian would do and mined them for laughs. Fittingly previewing this new show ‘On Record’ at Harriet Dyer’s wonderful Barking Tales event (proceeds go to Manchester Mind Charity) Willan has been hotly tipped to take this year’s Edinburgh festival by storm with this new honest and hilarious show.

Tom Wrigglesworth | Chorlton Irish Club | Fri 6 May | 8pm | £10adv/£12otd
Keeping Chorlton weird this weekend is Tom Wrigglesworth who is fresh off the back of the World’s highest gig on Everest. No such altitude sickness or frostbite will quell Wrigglesworth’s surreal and brilliant comic mind and here he is joined by the automated call backs of Lost Voice Guy, a stand up who lacks the ability to speak but owns an ipad and a very sharp wit, Manc hero Mick Ferry and MC by the white haired Caimh McDonnell. No need to bother trekking into town for fine comedy.

Sam Simmons | Gorilla | Sat 7 May | 7pm | £10
If you must trek into town for comedy (and you really should, sorry about that nonsense at the end of the last paragraph) then make sure it’s for Group Therapy on a Saturday night. They really do have the best line ups, and can be even better when you might not recognize the names that are headlining. This evening it’s current Edinburgh Award champion Sam Simmons who they’ve managed to snare to headline, an unknown to some he is one of the most original and exciting comedians working today. There’s also a stellar bill of support from soon to be stars such as Chris Cantrill, Peter Fleming and Ivo Graham. A reason to bother trekking into town for fine comedy.

Mon 2 May - Sat 7 May
John Stansfield
Published on:
Sun 1 May 2016