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Comedy is coming to Manchester

Women in Comedy Festival – Thursday the 15th of October to the 25th, Norther Quarter.
After two successful years producing Europe’s only Women in Comedy Festival, the 2015 Women in Comedy Festival UK will launch on Thursday the 15th at Manchester’s Frog and Bucket until Sunday the 25th of October. Over 50 shows will take place over 11 days in ten venues focused in Manchester’s Norther Quarter. Comedians include Susan Calman, Jo Coffey and Lara A King with actor Maxine Peake joining the team of patrons. “A festival filled with laughter combined with feminist principles taking place in the North… what’s not to support!” Of course, the festival is open to all genders.

Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs – Sunday the 25th of October, Lowry Theatre.
The science comedy phenomenon, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, is back with their show ‘Just for Graphs’, jam-packed with electrifying live experiments and statistically significant laughter. Experiments maestro Steve Mould (BBC1’s Britain’s Brightest) will perform stand-up based on data from the birth of his first child, geek songstress Helen Arney (BBC2’s Coast) sings an emotional tribute to the intrepid Philae lander, which travelled 4 billion miles only to run out of batteries on comet 67P, while Matt Parker (Discovery’s You Have Been Warned) will be “setting charts on fire” with the worlds greatest graph. The trio have racked up over a million views on YouTube for their experiments, songs and stand-up, as well as their material being one of the best reviewed at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.

Michael McIntyre: Happy and Glorious – Thursday the 29th of October to the 31st, Manchester Arena.
The UK’s number one comedian, Michael McIntyre, is set to return to the stage in 2015 with his brand new hotly anticipated UK & Ireland Arena tour, ‘Happy & Glorious’. Michael’s previous tour ‘Showtime’ was the biggest selling comedy tour in the world in 2012, playing to over 640,000 people including a record-breaking ten-night residency at London’s O2 Arena matching the pop superstar Rihanna’s 2011 record. In 2013 he performed internationally; playing to sold out arenas in South Africa, Dubai, Norway, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. His show in Johannesburg was the largest ever comedy show in Africa and his Dubai shows won the Time Out Best Night Out Award.

Manford’s Comedy Club – Thursday the 5th of November, Bierkeller.
Why is local stand up comedy not high up on the list of what people think about doing when looking for a great night out? Differing from our nationally or even globally acclaimed line-up, Jason Manford wants to introduce us to the little known faces of the stand up strip. He is hand-selecting his favourite comedians to give his fans and audiences “a proper night out.”

Alan Carr: Yap, Yap Yap! – Thursday the 5th of November to the 7th, Manchester Apollo.
No stranger to yap, 2015 NTA winner Alan Carr will be yapping his way around the UK & Ireland with his brand new stand up show ‘Yap, Yap, Yap!’ The BAFTA and British Comedy Award-winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his stand up roots with his hilarious take on life. Tickets will sell out fast so don’t miss the chance to get up close and very personal with one of the country’s funniest, most cherished and most unique comedians at the very top of his game.

Pam Ann – Sunday 22nd of November, Manchester Opera House.
Pam Ann, the world’s favourite International Air Hostess and Queen of the Sky, is back in the UK with a brand new show for 2015. Jet-setting in direct from sell-out tours in Europe, USA, Australia, and following a six week run at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, Pam Ann will arrive at Manchester’s Opera House later next month. Pam Ann is the comic creation of writer and comedian Caroline Reid. Together they sell out every stage they hit from New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Melbourne, Paris, Berlin and London, to name a few. In the UK, Pam Ann was the 4th best-selling female comedian of 2014 wedged between Dawn French and her long-time inspiration, Joan Rivers.

Tags: Alan Carr, comedy, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Michael McIntyre, Pam Ann, Sanford's Comedy Club

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