More so than any other creative art form, sexism is rife within the comedy circuit. You’d be hard pushed to find anyone without a Y chromosome threatening the line ups of the bigger comedy clubs in town on a weekend night. So it is especially refreshing when there is a glut of longer form comedy from some great comedians coming to a particular venue. The Waterside Arts Centre prides itself on its inclusivity and over the next two months you can catch some of the best women in comedy outside of the excellent festival that bears that name.

1. Beth Vyse – As Funny As Cancer
Before 2015, fans of Beth Vyse would know her more for her alter ego ‘Olive Hands’ and the mad clowning that a show with Olive in might entail. So it was especially shocking when she told her true life tale ‘As Funny As Cancer’ that was both brutally honest about her battle with breast cancer and brilliantly funny and the affect it had on her and her Stoke on Trent family. One to make you laugh and cry.
Thu 6 Oct, 8pm, £12/10,

2. People Just Do Nothing’s Tiff Stevenson (pictured)
Fast becoming a regular face on TV be it via the panels of Mock the Week, as series regular Tanya on BBC3’s hit show People Just Do Nothing and various stand up performances. Here she presents her latest hour long show ‘Seven’ based around a night performing at David Lynch’s night club in Paris and it only getting stranger from there. Delving into morality and those pesky ‘deadly sins’ that inspired the title Stevenson delivers an intelligent and hilarious treatise on what makes us human in the ever changing modern world.
Thu 3 Nov, 8pm, £12.50/10.50,

3. Jo Caulfield’s The Customer Is Always Wrong
Consistently one of the best comedians on the circuit Jo Caulfield is a veteran of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You as well as possibly every club up and down the country. Leaving tears of laughter in her wake. A fantastic observationalist Caulfield always seems to know what the audience is thinking, because she’s thinking it too. Her new show ‘The Customer is Always Wrong’ takes in the small and the large obstacles that try to take down our day.
Fri 25 Nov, 8pm, £14/12,

Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF. Tel: 0161 912 5616,

Thu 6 Oct - Fri 25 Nov
Ruth Allan
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Thu 24 Nov 2016