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Cathy’s Comedy Column Gig Alert

Manchester is overflowing with comedy this month, so here are my recommendations.

Published on March 15th 2007.

Cathy’s Comedy Column Gig Alert

Manchester Confidential likes a World Record attempt, so Stand Up and Be Counted’s ‘most comedy acts in 24 hours’ record attempt had to be mentioned; The World Record stands at 127 acts and from 11.59pm on Thursday 15 March and 11.59pm on Friday 16 March at Opus in the Printworks, they aim to beat this record.

The show started at midnight last night in a storm with a gag-attack from Basil Brush writer, Gary Delaney, kept in order by the gruff, long-haired, Mick Ferry as MC. Throughout the 24 hour period local favourites will be appearing in a ferverent comedy programme, including John Warburton and Justin Moorhouse; I’ve heard that Frank Sidebottom might make an appearance this afternoon. Multi-award-winning comedian, Tim Fitzhigham, who tried to become the first person in history to row across the English Channel in a bath, will be hot-footing it from his show at The Lowry to close the show at midnight.

The event is in aid of Comic Relief, and I like the idea that you have a wristband for the 24 hours and can pop in whenever you like. Tickets are available on the door at £5 each.

The Royal Exchange Theatre is not known for live comedy, though following the success of ‘Ben & Friends’ last December, they are holding ‘Ben & Friends 2’ on Friday 23 March at 11.15pm.

And now for something different…

The show is in a ‘Who’s line is it anyway’ style – you remember that show with Clive Anderson disappearing down his neck, handing out giant foam props to Gregg Proops to make phallic jokes whilst John Sessions was just not funny and Paul Merton saved the day? Anyway, Ben Keaton, who’s a darling at The Exchange and has improvised with the fabulous Eddie Izzard, is hosting the night with Brian Conley off the telly and comedians who have schooled with Paul Merton. Contact The Royal Exchange Box Office for tickets.

So, enjoy yourselves and see you in April. Cathy

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