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Weekend comedy nights

Trudie Robinson seeks fun on busy Friday and Saturday nights

Published on May 30th 2007.


Weekend comedy nights

Head out to a comedy club at a weekend and it’s a very different beast you’ll happen upon from the genteel quirks of the week day club: one that totters on two legs in skirts too short falling into its male equivalent identified by the characteristic smart trousers and tidy shirt. All too often the crowd at a Friday and Saturday comedy show are a mirror image of the creatures out in the pubs and clubs of Manchester of a weekend; those who spill out on the streets of the city, spilling the lettuce from their kebabs and subsequently their stomach contents out onto the pavement. Sometimes on a Friday afternoon one of the herd will be heard to cry a mutiny to the usual weekend activities and suggest they go to a comedy club instead, they’ll be backed up by some of their crowd though there will always be dissenting voices and those will be the ones that later on that night will be insisting on talking to their mates whilst the comedian tries to do their job.

When full to capacity some of the weekend shows can resemble a bear pit though that’s entertainment in itself.

To go out at a weekend to see comedy then would seem like a bad idea but the above stereotype in the crowd isn’t all that you’ll find. There’s quality comedy to be savoured. Though epitome of the drunken comedy weekend Jongleurs closed its doors on Chorlton Street last year there’s plenty of fun to be had elsewhere.

The Comedy Store however came to town opening its second only venue outside of the London Leicester Square site in 2000. Their Best In Stand Up weekend shows refer to the best of the acts on their books, and the best on the circuit not yet blessed by the sacred cathode ray – or whatever digital TVs use. Acts from Canada, Australia and America and beyond mix with Brits and those that have made Britain their home. Then there’s more to be indulged at the Store elsewhere in the week too.

Before the Store, The Frog and Bucket was the first Manchester comedy club in a venue entirely devoted to comedy. When full to capacity some of the weekend shows can resemble a bear pit though that’s entertainment in itself. Their acts are mainly from the Gag Reflex stable of acts; Manchester’s comedy management agency which is run in conjunction with the club. Consequently many of the acts are home grown or at least Manchester is their adopted city, though they also feature acts from outside of the area.

Then there’s Opus which opened up last year at the throbbing heart of the city’s scary nightlife in The Printworks. Amongst club areas and a restaurant is the Comedy Lounge which every weekend showcases a mixture of touring and local acts and provides a respite from the pissed up clubbing activities outside.

So get out there, put down that pint for a moment and get laughing.

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