If you are looking for great comedy in Manchester, you won't need to look too hard to find it. The comedy scene in Manchester is particularly rich. If you are looking for great comedy there is plenty to choose from.
Comedy shows and 'stand-up' comedy performances are found in larger theatres as well as in Manchester's comedy club venues.
Comedy performances are obviously very popular in Manchester and comedians come from all over the country and beyond to perform at venues large and small. No comedian can ignore the large, comedy-hungry audiences they will find in Greater Manchester.
Many people ask if Manchester has its own particular type of comedy? Or does Manchester gritty cobbled streets and satanic mills lead to a distinctive type or style of humour?
The short answer is probably not.
However, when you think about it a little more deeply, Manchester humour does reflect the diversity of the people who live here. Just look at this list of Manchester Comedians to see how varied and diverse Manchester comedy is. Perhaps it is this unique variety that makes Manchester comedy different from comedy in other towns and cities. This might be one reason why Manchester comedy and Manchester comedians have had such a big impact nationally (and internationally) and why they have such an important place in the comedy world, today.
Stand up comedy can be found in both smaller comedy club style venues or larger theatres where perhaps the better known comedians are to be found.
These stand up comedy venues include:
Jabez Clegg, 2 Portsmouth Street, Manchester, M13 9GB
0161 272 8612
The Frog and Bucket Comedy Club
102 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LJ
0161 236 9805
The Frog and Bucket Roadshow in Wigan,
The Orwell, 4 Wallgate, Wigan, WN3 4EU
0161 236 9805
The Ape & Apple, 28 John Dalton St, Manchester, M2 6HQ
0161 839 9624
The Comedy Store
Arches 3 and 4 Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5LH
0161 839 9595
Group Therapy Comedy Club
Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5WW
0161 407 0301
www.grouptherapycomedy.co.uk and www.thisisgorilla.com
Larger venues such as Manchester Arena and the Lowry Theatre host performances by better known comedians who can fill these larger venues. These venues also host bigger budget comedy shows which are very popular. Furthermore, there is lots of comedy outside of Manchester itself - you will find that comedy can be found at a wide variety of theatre venues right across the Greater Manchester area.