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Comedy Festival Highlights

The top notch, must-see, belly-laugh, low-down over the next few nights

Published on October 23rd 2007.

Comedy Festival Highlights

Tuesday 23 October
The Godfathers of Comedy
Starring ex-Bullseye presenter and cult hero Jim Bowen, impressionist and comedian Duncan ‘chase me’ Norvelle and hosted by star of The Comedians and Channel 4's King of Comedy, Mick Miller, this show brings a touch of the old school to Manchester Comedy Festival (MCF). As well as being a masterclass in comedy this event is solely created for the Manchester Comedy festival and will see both Jim and Duncan's debut MCF performances. The Comedy Store, Whitworth Street West, City. 08705 932932. 8pm, £10 or £5

Wednesday 24 October
Seymour Mace with Where's Batman or My Life as a failed Superhero? and Ivan Brackenbury Hospital Radio Show
The perfect comedy double bill. Seymour Mace, Manchester comic via Newcastle and previous City Life Comedian of the Year winner brings his acclaimed Edinburgh Festival show Where's Batman? My Life as a failed Superhero to Manchester. Seymour's expert knowledge and obsession with superheroes allows us to become superheroes too, thanks to his top tips. His show was called, ‘Endearing, fabulous, ridiculous" by the Metro. Ivan Brackenbury is the Flagship presenter of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Hospital Radio. Ivan broadcasts his regular request and chat show DISEASE HOUR each weekday to the ill. Nominated for the if.comedies in Edinburgh this year, this show captures all the fun and excitement you’d expect from being ill in hospital. Chris Evans has called Ivan a ‘comedy genius’. The Times said it was the : ‘funniest thing so far this year’. Greenroom, Whitworth Street West, City. 0161 615 0500. 8pm. £12 or £10

Thursday 25 October
Johnny Vegas and Friends
This event has been postponed until late November – all tickets will be honoured. Details will be announced when they have been confirmed.

Thursday 25 October
Al Murray: Pub Landlord - and another thing
The multi-award winning Al Murray: The Pub Landlord returns with a crowning performance of his sell-out tour show, And Another Thing. The nations favourite landlord holds court with his distinctive common sense reasoning on subjects such as The War on Terror, Hell, Life Itself, and his personal crusade to Bring Back Shame. ‘It's a high-wire act that he pulls off with phenomenal comic balance... and he works the crowd with a sharpness that approaches brilliance,’ said the Times. The Opera House, Oxford Road, City. 0161 242 2525. 8pm. £20

Saturday 27 October
James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids
James Campbell is the only stand-up comedian for children in the world. Over the last ten years, James has been bringing his individual form of comedy for all to theatres, over 1000 schools and festivals all over the world. James talks about everything that is relevant to kids and anyone who has ever been a kid: everything from parents to Playstations, why we have hair and what he had for breakfast. For children up to dotage over the age of 6 this is comedy for people without the rude words. The Sunday Times said, ‘Campbell’s stand-up for kids has acquired almost holy status. Don’t miss’. The Comedy Store, Whitworth Street West, City. 08705 932932. 2.30pm. £8 and £5

Fri, Sat, Sun 26, 25, 27 October Jimmy Carr’s Repeat Offender
Jimmy Carr is one of the biggest faces in comedy. Literally - he’s got one of the biggest faces. Fresh from the fifth series of 8 Out of 10 Cats, he’s back on the road doing what he does best with a brand new show. ‘A masterclass in comedy,’ said the Guardian. The Apollo, Ardwick Green. 0161 242 2560. 8pm. From £19.50

Monday 29th October
City Life Comedian of the Year 2007 Final
The annual climax to MCF sees this long running competition reach its finale. Manchester's original and most prestigious comedy competition reaches its annual climax. Previous winners include: Peter Kay, Caroline Aherne, Justin Moorhouse and Jason Manford. Tonight's master of ceremonies is former winner John Bishop. The Comedy Store, Whitworth Street West, City. 08705 932932.8pm. £12 and £10

Full programme For a full programme of the Manchester Comedy Festival check www.manchestercomedyfestival.co.uk

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