Where: 102 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LJ – 0161 236 9805 map
What: The Frog and Bucket prides itself as developing some of the best comic talents on the circuit. The amateur night is the most important part of the Frog calendar as it gives a chance to nurture the stars of the future. Past Beat the Frog night regulars have included Dave Gorman, Peter Kay, Caroline Aherne, Smug Roberts and Johnny Vegas.
The comics supported regularly return to the Frog and Bucket. “I wanted to give new acts the chances that I got from the Frog” said Johnny Vegas. Steve Coogan also tried out some new comedy characters at the Frog, as well as old favourites Paul and Pauline Calf.
The Frog and Bucket started life as a small city centre pub on Newton Street Manchester in 1993. Peter Kay did one of his first ever stand up gig at the “little frog” (as it’s affectionately known). Comedy rapidly began to take over the entertainment programme of the boozer, and in May 1996 the Perkin family finally admitted that they’d outgrown the pub they loved so much.
They took over what was then a Yates’s venue on the corner of Oldham street and Great Ancoats and started to build the Frog and Bucket. Rough, ready and raw in the early days, the Frog still maintains some of that heritage which gives it it’s legendary atmosphere, coupled with some of the best comedians from around the world.
Winner of Best Comedy Club 2006/2007 – North West Comedy Awards
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