Silky | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 24 Mar | 7.30pm | £5/3
A contemporary of Daniel Kitson and Julian Barrat, musical comedian and Liverpudlian in exile Silky is quite selective of when and where he will gig. He set up his own nights in order to get the right vibe for performances he was happy with and gives fellow honorable promoters a doff of his cap by performing there this night. Hugely intelligent and raucously funny if you haven’t been to one of his shows then you are most definitely missing a trick. As usual with XS they welcome the cream of local talent too with Richard Todd, Dead Cat’s Red Redmond and Sheffield sketch act Sam and Tom, all more than ably MC’d by Toby Hadoke.

Stand Up For Mood Swings | The Comedy Store | Wed 25 Mar | 8pm | £15/12
This was already a pretty belting line up for a charity event with Rob Rouse, Felicity Ward, Harriet Dyer and Lou Conran as MC, but if you were lingering over whether to buy tickets before they announced the guest headliner then linger no further for it was revealed last week that it would be Sarah Millican. So what are you waiting for? Go get your tickets to see five top notch comedians and support a very good cause. Seriously, go. It’s probably already sold out whilst you dallied. Read our full preview here.

Last Podcast On The Left | The Lowry | Thu 26 Mar | 7.30pm | £15
Fans of horror comedy podcast ‘Last Podcast on the Left’ rejoice for it’s coming to The Lowry live this Thursday. Those who are not fans can probably skip to the next section, ooh look! It’s David Trent. Anyway, the NYC based live show have been tackling all kinds of topics, mostly involving serial killers, werewolves, hauntings and terrible movies. A live podcast recording will be supported by stand up from host Ben Kissel and sketches from Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski drawing inspiration from local lore as each episode explores the surrounding area. There have been plenty of pretty horrific things to happen in Salford so expect a jam packed show.

David Trent | Joshua Brooks | Sat 28 Mar | 8pm
This is a much see show for not one, but three reasons. First off David Trent is one of the most inventive comedians in the UK at present, with a dash of anti-comedy, a wonderfully inflated opinion of himself and visuals you’ll be replaying in your head for days. Secondly there is Danny Sutcliffe, who we have mentioned many times here at Manchester Wire, a master of one liners with sharp yet coarse material Sutcliffe is one to keep an eye on. And thirdly there is also support from Benny Boot. The Australian comic is a ball of rawe comic energy and thankfully when a mic is put in front of him he harnesses said energy to make your face and belly ache. The whole shebang takes place in Joshua Brooks which might not be your first port of call for comedy but as Manchester is starting to realise, good comedy can happen anywhere. You just have to be willing to laugh.

Laughing Cows ft Katie Mulgrew | Frog & Bucket | Sun 29 Mar | 7pm | £7 (£9otd)
Manchester’s premiere female comedy club makes it’s bow this March on the final Sunday with headliner Katie Mulgrew. Having supported ‘The Boy With Tape On His Face’ and had great success with her most recent Edinburgh jaunt entitled ‘Happily Ever After’ the wonderful Mulgrew is an honest and unpretentious comic you can’t help but fall a little bit in love with. Sharing the bill are Mandy Toothill and Karen Bayley, with the equally delightful Kerry Leigh on MCing duties. A perfect Sunday gig to round out the week.

Mon 23 Mar - Sun 29 Mar
John Stansfield
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Sun 22 Mar 2015