So it’s been a long time between drinks but last night we decided to leave the warm sunshine and venture across town to a basement on Oxford Road. A last minute decision seen us taking in Comic’s Anonymous at its new home at the recently refurbished Joshua Brooks, taking camp in their basement. A tight little venue usually used for music creating a cosy atmosphere and good stage setting for comedians to peddle their wares and crack wise. Continue reading “Comic’s Anonymous @ Joshua Brooks”
In what will probably comes as a shock to your average teenager but once upon a time we had to wait a week at a time to see our favourite shows. Content binges only existed once a show had finished and you’d waited months for the box set release. In the mid 90s Friday night on Channel 4 was the comedy king and the jewel in its crown was a show we’d all come to see as an extended member of the family, that show was of course smash hit US comedy Friends.
This one has had us excited for a while, a return to the small screen of one of our favourite shows growing up. It has been 15 years since we last paid a visit to Royston Vasey and it is back and even more disturbing than ever! Some things might have changed, such as the local shop no longer being there and it now has a food bank but the array of odd local residents is still as weird and wonderful as ever!
Having attending the excellent festival launch night at the Frog and Bucket the previous night and perused the shows on offer, this was one I was very excited about.
Being an exiled Cumbrian I was naturally drawn to a show set in my native homeland and even more so realising it was set on Derwent Water. A place I spent much of my youth and a couple of summers working when back home as a student.
The gigs are coming thick and fast in October and this was the first of three gigs this week!
Although it has been a long time between drinks since we last visited Dead Cat back in December, it remains one of our favourite nights. The regular gig plays host to some of the best alternative acts on the circuit and conducts itself at the wonderful Labyrinth of a pub, the wonderfully quirky Sandbar.
Yep, you’ve read that right. We can be a bit cultured when we want! So how did we find ourselves inadvertently at a poetry evening? It had a smattering of stand-up comedy of course!
After a months hiatus due to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Trapdoor Comedy was back with two nights at its regular haunts Solomons and The Old Monkey. It was the latter which we found ourselves visiting again, having last attended it back in January. The Old Monkey has the air of a friendly local ‘boozer’ within the city centre and at under £3 a pint, definitely not city centre prices!
It’s a Friday night in the middle of summer, it’s wet, it’s windy, it’s Manchester. We’d expect nothing less! Luckily tonight’s entertainment was on round the corner at the Kings Arms in Salford. We’d left the warmth of our flat to brave the elements to see the debut show for one of our favourite acts of 2016 – Ad Dougie Douglas. His debut show ‘Happy Birthday Clarky!’ was running over 2 nights as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe. This was third time seeing ‘Dougie’ having previously seen him at the Comedy Balloon and in the surreal surroundings of Sham Bodie. Continue reading “Ad Dougie Douglas: Happy Birthday Clarky!”
Well, it’s been a few drinks between gigs but we find ourselves back on the comedy trail. This time hiding away from the sunshine in one of the Northern Quarter’s newest entertainment venues – The Peer Hat. We are there for the second night of ‘The Great Comedy Snafu’. A new monthly night run by Crimes Against Hilarity.
Continue reading “The Great Comedy Snafu @ The Peer Hat, NQ”
There was a harsh wind blowing as we made the short trip across town to The Old Monkey pub, located on Portland street. A great ‘proper pub’ with a decent selection of beers and the added bonus of being one of the few places in the city centre you can get a pint of IPA for under £3!
The conditions may have been unkind, but ever the faith endures, comedy, my comedy! This was our first outing of 2017, taking in the delights of the Trapdoor Comedy Club. Continue reading “Gary Delaney @ Trapdoor Comedy Club”