Gein’s Family Giftshop | Kosmonaut | Mon 7 Dec | 7.30pm | FREE
Gein’s Family Giftshop are quite simply the best sketch group currently performing in the UK, and that they put on a free night of their new and old works is quite frankly criminally negligent. You’d be a fool to miss their night were it just the awkward P.E. kitted idiots there to amuse you but they also manage to get some of the top acts in the country to join them on a monthly basis. This Monday you have ‘English Comedian of the Year’ Brennan Reece, Edinburgh panel prize winner Will Duggan and Invisible Dot darling Lolly Adefope. Why aren’t you already at this night you chump?

Michael Legge | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 8 Dec | 7.30pm | £5/3
Taking the reigns of the last XS Malarkey before Christmas, and indeed of 2015, is Northern Irish firebrand Michael Legge. A masterful storyteller who’s crowd work is as good as any MCs, Legge is the sort of comic you rave about to your friends but can never do justice to the yarns you’d heard just the night before. An Edinburgh favourite and force for good on the twitter (seriously do yourself a favour and follow him @michaellegge) he is an excellent choice to headline the final show of what has been another top year for XS.

Josh Widdicombe | The Lowry | Tue 8 Dec | 8pm | £19
Seemingly everywhere, Josh Widdicombe takes time off from being on every single comedy show (including his brand new sitcom elaborately titled ‘Josh’) to do what he arguably does best; smart and extremely affable stand up. As likeable performers go Widdicombe is up there with the best of them, a boyish look and his soft Devon accent help him get away with material others might baulk at.

Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer | Gullivers | Thu 10 Dec | 7.30pm | £11/8
The second of our picks that take place in Gullivers this week, ukulele sporting rhymesmith Mr B strolls into the Oldham Street looking none more Northern Quarter with his mix of tweed three piece and twirled up, 20 villain-like moustache. Known as ‘The Gentleman Rhymer for his twee hip hop jangles about being a jolly good chap, Mr B mixes smart satire with genuine musical talent and vocal dexterity. An upbeat treat.

Noel Fielding (pictured) | The Lowry | Thu 10 Dec | 8pm | £28-41
It’s hard to believe that the man once known as Vince Noir is now over 40, the surrealist’s surrealist is still touring and welcoming new fans and old into his intricately illustrated brain for ‘An Evening with Noel Fielding’. As you go deeper into the rabbit hole that is Fielding’s warped imagination you’ll want to spend a lot more time there than just an evening.

Mon 7 Dec - Sun 13 Dec
John Stansfield
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Mon 7 Dec 2015