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.
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Blimey, it’s been a long week. Pretty knackering, as it goes. We’re not ready to head home just yet though. Instead, we’re on our way to watch some musical comedy. The artist in question is acoustic guitar-wielding Chris Tavener, who has tempted us along to a recording of his show.
We’ve checked out a few of his songs and we’re ready to be entertained. Let’s see how it goes. Continue reading “Chris Tavener @ Three Minute Theatre”
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!
Continue reading “Punk in Drublic Poetry @ Brewdog Bar Manchester”
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!
Continue reading “Brendon Burns @ Trapdoor Comedy, The Old Monkey”
We’ll experience a lot of new things tonight. Somewhat lamentably, being the only people at a gig is not one of those things.
We’ve chosen to continue our improv education with Longform Fridays, a new night from the prolific folks at ComedySportz. The lesson will be a lot more intense than we bargained for. Continue reading “Longform Fridays with ComedySportz @ The King’s Arms”
Daniel Kitson is a genius. I know this because it’s one of those things smug people say to let you know that they like comedy more than you. At long last, tonight’s the night to find out for myself. Continue reading “Daniel Kitson: Something Other Than Everything @ The Royal Exchange”
XS Malarkey has a new home this week. Okay, technically it’s the same building, but the owners have splurged £450,000 to turn the shabby Pub/Zoo into an altogether more pleasant setting.
We’ve popped down to the newly opened Bread Shed to see if it’s altered the Malarkey experience. Continue reading “XS Malarkey Gets a Makeover: Max & Ivan, Joe Lycett”
We’re one whole year old today! It has been a year since we set about reviewing all the best live comedy Manchester has to offer and it has been a weird and wonderful year! We’ve been to over 40 gigs, seen more than 100 acts, drank more than 200 pints, had over 4000 visitors to our site and worn 1 wig. So what were our best bits? Well why don’t we tell you…
Continue reading “The Best Of… Our First Year!”
We love a conversation-starter here at Cup of Beans Towers. That’s why we thought it’d be fun to rank the best British sitcoms of the Noughties and open the debate up to you. Turns out it was quite the decade.
Before we start, some housekeeping. Firstly, we’re only dealing with sitcoms that launched from 2000 to 2009. So you won’t see obviously brilliant shows like Spaced (September 1999) and Him & Her (September 2010).
Secondly, when you inevitably disagree with us, just do it nicely, okay? Good. Let’s crack on.
Continue reading “The 18 Best British Sitcoms of the Noughties”
We’ve seen the sign above the bar a few times. An improvised comedy murder mystery. Sure, the first bit and the second bit make sense, but what will they look like when they’re mashed together?
This is Murder Inc., who bring their combo of quick wit and sudden death to The Ape & Apple twice a month. The place is packed. We’re about to see why. Continue reading “Murder Inc. Presents: Die School Reunion”