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Manchester Comedy Festival

Here's the highlights of the funniest thing to hit Manchester since last year's Manchester Comedy Festival

Published on October 15th 2009.

Manchester Comedy Festival

Manchester Comedy Festival kicks off next week bringing a whole host of comedic wealth to the city. Familiar names and faces amongst them include Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Rhod Gilbert, Justin Moorhouse, Richard Herring, Phil Nichol and David O’Doherty.

He describes his musical take on life as “kind of like when you're going down a flight of stairs in the dark, and you think there are two steps left, but there only turns out to be one. It's like that for a whole evening.”

Taking place throughout the city centre and suburbs, there’s comedy every night and probably not far from your door. The multi award-winning Jimmy Carr brings his Rapier Wit show to the Apollo for the final weekend of the festival (Friday 23 – Sunday 25). Jimmy is king of the one liner, so if it’s non stop gags you’re after, then he’s your man.

Edinburgh If.comedy winner 2008 David O’Doherty is at the Greenroom with his David O’Doh-Party show. He describes his musical take on life as “kind of like when you're going down a flight of stairs in the dark, and you think there are two steps left, but there only turns out to be one. It's like that for a whole evening.” It’s got our vote.

The Comedy Store’s line up includes Justin Moorhouse doing his bit for charity on Sunday 25 October with his Gala Show to raise money for Cash for Kids. It’s sketch comedy a go-go on Tuesday 20 October as two of comedy’s hottest sketch troupes come together for a double header. Lady Garden are six slightly disturbed young women and their fast-paced, daring and surreal hour of comedy has been winning plaudits. Idiots of Ants have taken the comedy world by storm, amassing millions of hits on youtube and getting an Edinburgh Comedy Nomination at this year’s festival. Other Comedy Store shows include Terry Alderton, ex-Xfmer Paul Tonkinson, Phil Nichol and Rhod Gilbert.

Over at The Frog and Bucket local boy (via Newcastle) done good, Jason Cook, brings his critically acclaimed solo show, Fear, to town on Wednesday 21 October. If that’s not enough, he follows this up by hosting Jason Cook’s Late Night Asylum straight after and if you go to see his solo show, you get to go to the Asylum (not a real one) for free. Frog and Bucket are also hosting Richard Herring and his Hitler Moustache and Brendon Burns.

Much loved Fallowfield comedy club XS Malarkey has a few special shows up its sleeves alongside its regular Tuesday Night. There's Robin Ince vs The Moral Majority and a show from Peter Slater from BBC 3’s Ideal – he'll be bringing his new comedy character Sir Arthur Conan the Barbarian.

The Dancehouse brings us critics' favourite, Dutch comic Hans Teeuwen, plus Al Pitcher's Picture Show, and a lesson for lovers from Wolfgang Weinberger with his Guide to Sexual Misery. Lotharios take note.

Cult comic and brand new darling of HBO, Jim Jeffries, wraps up the festival at the Royal Exchange on Sunday 25 October with his show, The Hits. It promises all of Jim’s outrageous and hilarious routines in one top show. Guaranteed laughter for those not shy of a swear word or 60.

Check out the website for details of family shows, free shows, Q&As with festival acts, and a whole host of miserable faces for you to laugh at. The festival runs from 15-25 October. www.manchestercomedyfestival.co.uk

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