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Lucy Porter: a northern soul?

April 16, 2014 Comments Off on Lucy Porter: a northern soul?

Lucy Porter has come far since the days when she lived in Chorlton-cum-Hardy and worked for Granada on This Morning with Richard and Judy.

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Jonny & The Baptists

March 23, 2014 Comments Off on Jonny & The Baptists

I caught Jonny & The Baptists‘ show last year at the Edinburgh Fringe when I was on the panel of the Amused Moose Comedy Awards.

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Becoming Johnny Vegas – Mike Pennington’s autobiography

March 8, 2014 Comments Off on Becoming Johnny Vegas – Mike Pennington’s autobiography

I first spoke to Mike Pennington over the phone on my first day as comedy editor at Manchester’s late, lamented what’s on guide, CityLife.

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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

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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