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Festival of Oddity at Oldham Library

February 14, 2014 Comments Off on Festival of Oddity at Oldham Library

I’ll tell thee what you may know already – Oldham Library is a proper gem.

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Toby Hadoke

My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver: Northern Soul chats to Toby Hadoke

January 16, 2014 Comments Off on My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver: Northern Soul chats to Toby Hadoke

As evidenced by the world-spanning, attention-grabbing celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary last November, we’re pretty much all Doctor Who fans now. But it was not ever thus.

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Laughing Cows

Laughing Cows

December 1, 2013 Comments Off on Laughing Cows

Once upon a time comedy promoters had the odd idea that female comics were box office poison – so Laughing Cows was born.

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Bo Burnham

Bo Burnham Comes of Age

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on Bo Burnham Comes of Age

Back in 2010 the nearly 20-year-old Bo Burnham performed a brief teaser set during the Pleasance press showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe. Seasoned critics in the audience – myself included – had already heard great things about the Massachusetts-born comedian, but he blew us away regardless.

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Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas Stirs It Up

October 10, 2013 Comments Off on Mark Thomas Stirs It Up

There’s a video on Mark Thomas‘ website featuring the rather jolly sight of people singing in an Apple store. It seems remarkable that – considering this was a protest against Apple’s tax arrangements – it took staff around six or seven minutes to chuck them out.

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Stewart Lee

Much A-Stew About Nothing

October 7, 2013 Comments Off on Much A-Stew About Nothing

If 2011’s Carpet Remnant World was Stewart Lee’s ground-breaking psychedelic album, then Much a-Stew About Nothing could – as its title suggests – be his next batch of unfinished demos.

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Marcel Lucont

Professional Frenchman or stand-up comic? Northern Soul finds out

September 30, 2013 Comments Off on Professional Frenchman or stand-up comic? Northern Soul finds out

This Autumn it seems us northern English are supremely lucky to be in receipt of a series of talks from professional Frenchman, Marcel Lucont.

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Greg Cook

Laugh Local Comes Of Age

September 14, 2013 Comments Off on Laugh Local Comes Of Age

Laugh Local, the funny younger brother of Bop Local, has been a strictly South Manchester affair since the first one was staged in November 2012. Until now.

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Fringe

Fringe Benefits

August 28, 2013 Comments Off on Fringe Benefits

It’s a long August spent at the Edinburgh Fringe. I keep looking wistfully back at the first show I saw, the memory fuzzy like one from my distant past. What, it was only the beginning of the month?

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John Shuttleworth

John Shuttleworth, Oldham Coliseum

June 8, 2013 Comments Off on John Shuttleworth, Oldham Coliseum

Isn’t it always the way? You wait for one Northern comedy hero and then two come along at once.

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