MACE | Kosmonaut | Mon 18 Apr | 8pm | £5
In what almost seems like a dry run for their upcoming ‘DAFT’ show at The Dancehouse later in the month, this is a chance to see some of the North of England’s best character comedians. Clown Prince of Bolton Peter Slater, the North East’s loneliest shipbuilder Lee Fenwick and Liverpool’s strangest scouser Keith Carter are three very good reasons to get out on a Monday night to catch some live comedy. Dipping his toe into the character comedy waters too is host Red Redmond who will be performing as his drag alter-ego, the excellently named Scarlett SoHandsome.

The Delightful Sausage | The Castle | Tue 19 Apr | 7.45pm | £3
Chris Cantrill’s amalgam of new material, filmed sketches, top stand up acts, free biscuits and no-gong gong show enters its 5th month of operation and brings with it another excellent act that you might not see in this corner of the comedy world. Alasdair Beckett King is tonight’s opener, a wonderful ginger wizard of whimsical musings who has just produced his own video game Nelly Cootalot, a piratey point and click adventure in the mold of Monkey Island. That’s a heap of things for just three of your pounds.

Kevin Dewsbury and Mike Newall | The Eagle Inn | Wed 20 Apr | FREE
Following in the footsteps of its sister venues The Castle and Gulliver’s, The Eagle Inn in Salford has been treading the comedy boards of late with a number of previews of upcoming Edinburgh shows from Manchester’s best and brightest. Tonight sees one of the first outings for Kevin Dewsbury’s cookery magazine satire ‘Kev’s Komedy Kitchen’, let’s hope it fairs better than Krusty’s Komedy Klassic. Joining Kev in airing his new comedy wares is Mike Newall, the excellent observations from this none more laid back performer. His new show is entitled ‘High on Gravy’, something we’re sure all Northerners can identify with.

Andrew O’Neill (pic) | Tiger Lounge | Thu 21 Apr | 7pm | £7
Group Therapy has its second outing of the month in the dive bar extraordinaire Tiger Lounge, another venue that has recently marked itself as a great place for live comedy in the city. Tonight is Andrew O’Neill’s turn to creep onto stage with his show ‘Mindspiders’ a loose collection of observations, sketches, songs and one liners. This lack of structure adds to the endearing nature of O’Neill and his off beat material might suit most better than his amazing but sometimes esoteric heavy metal shows in which he employs a full band.

Laughing Cows | Frog & Bucket | Sun 24 Apr | 8pm | £10/7
It’s staggering that something such as Laughing Cows still has to exist but as weekend comedy bills still rarely have even one female comic in the line-up it shows that this is a very necessary comedy night and has been since its inception in 1998. Tonight sees MC Kerry Leigh introduce the wonderful Suzi Ruffell preview her upcoming Edinburgh Fringe show with support from rising star Sarah Keyworth, who recently supported Stewart Francis on his tour.

Tue 19 Apr - Sun 24 Apr
John Stansfield
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Tue 19 Apr 2016