This month we have a line-up you could hold in both hands like a really juicy sandwich, and take a minute just appreciating aesthetically before you even commit it to your mouth. And when you do, half of it doesn’t even go in your mouth, but all over your face, in your hair and down your top because you just can’t ingest a sandwich like that with discretion. Is that a good analogy? I’m not sure it conveys the right tone. Okay, this month we have comedians from both sides of the Atlantic, so there’s more accents going on, and a satisfyingly varied perspective on society. Please don’t eat the cake like I just described with the sandwich. It’ll unnerve the talent.
Armed with an explosive wit and a singular penchant for absurdism, comedy virtuoso Will Franken deluges audiences with a kaleidoscopic tsunami of mind-blowing character comedy so funny that people stop laughing only long enough to drop their jaws. Something of a one-man Monty Python, Franken has been featured on BBC America’s The World Stands Up and has performed his patented theatrical lunacy in festivals worldwide, including Just for Laughs in Montreal. He’s compiled a tome of praise from his work across America and from performing in the UK which he deeply enjoys given his deep love of the British comedic tradition.
‘Will Franken is a master of illusion, an id unchained. He is also very funny.’ – Robin Williams
‘What elevates Mr. Franken above your garden-variety comedian is an erudite wit and a highly developed sense of the absurd’ – The New York Times
‘San Francisco has nurtured many of comedy’s biggest names, and this guy is destined to be one of them.’ – San Francisco Chronicle
‘You can’t take your eyes off these inspired outpourings.’ – The Guardian
‘Practically perfect comedy’ – The Scotsman
‘Simply hilarious’ – The Times
A specialist in ebullient improvisation Red is equipped with a quick wit and a dynamic physicality he makes quite incredible comedic use of. Over the last few years he’s been busy winning the regional heats of the Chortle Student Comedy Award and the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year not to mention building an exciting independent comedy endeavour in Manchester known as Dead Cat Comedy, which he superbly curates and compères. He’s an energetic and creative act who’ll surely open the show with aplomb.
‘The most energetic man in comedy (provided Lee Evans is now dead)’ – Manchester Wire
‘Warm, welcoming, funny and deals with a punch in the face well’ – FunnyFecker.co.uk
‘Balancing physical comedy with witty observation’ – Three Weeks
Doors open at 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm.
Tickets are £3 when you buy online, £4 if you pay on the door.