Rob Rouse | Fri 4 May | Glee | £11.50
Ex-Geography teacher and now big and daft award winning comedian, Rob Rouse’s career path has caused him great concern and provided us with many laughs. It’s a rich vein of material that he mined to great effect in his show ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’ Look forward to tales of enforced introspection, a disordered life and the mother of all awkward situations. A strong bill is completed with the wry observations of Mickey Sharma, scouse axeman Steve Gribbin and Romanian comic Radu Isac.

Grumpy Old Women | Wed 9 May | New Alex | £29.15
We all like a good moan, it’s a basic cathartic need for the human soul and funnybone, let three of the wittiest female curmudgeon’s facilitate your therapy.  Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and Lizzie Roper explore the issues that matter such as extreme colouring in and novelty fudge making.

Joe Lycett | Thu 10 May & Fri 11 May | New Alex | £24.15
One of the hottest comics around is fast becoming an almost ubiquitous presence on television with his mischievously disarming patter exploring the minutiae of life with a gleefully subversive edge. The son of Hall Green knows his way around a good story, always with an impishly cheeky glint in his eye, catch him over two nights at The New Alex that we guarantee will sell out.

Richard Herring | Sun 13 May | Old Rep | £18.81
One half of 90’s comedy duo Lee and Herring, the other half being our own Stewart Lee, Richard has been a stalwart presence on the stand up circuit for two decades touring an incredible 12 one man shows. When he hasn’t been touring Herring has been a prolific writer for some of the UK’s most renowned comedy legends including the legendary Chris Morris. In new show Oh Frig I’m 50 he rails against the mid-life crisis that hitting a half century of years inevitably entails.

Rich Stokes | Fri 18 May | mac | £8.50
Local musician Rich Stokes brings relief and succour to the angst of 21st century living through charming tales and a nifty line in comedy songs.

Glenn Wool | Fri 18 May | Glee | £10
The affable award winning Canadian comic is a glorious joy live, veering between politics and popular culture, his leisurely bonhomie belies a laser guided dissection of the absurd and ridiculous. There’s a distinct whiff of eighties rock star about the fabulously hirsute Vancouver funnyman, delightful company and effortlessly hilarious.

Larry Dean | Fri 25 May | Glee | £8
The young Glaswegian comic was named Scottish Comedian of the Year in 2013 and his stock has continued to rise ever since, mixing his tough working class roots and gay identity to great effect in subverting stereotypes and engendering big laughs.

Count Arthur Strong | Thu 31 May | Artrix | £22.50
Continuing a long tradition of bumbling English buffoons managing to rise against adversity despite their own incumbent idiocy. The Count struggles on convinced of his own infallibility in a whirl of malapropisms and nervous tics as the universe relentlessly conspires to undermine him. The Count is a harmless innocent joy harking back to a simpler age, he’s also painfully funny.

Tue 1 May - Thu 31 May
Giles Logan
Published on:
Wed 18 Apr 2018