Comedy heavyweights Group Therapy are to present their Fringe Festival Preview Season ‘Edinburgh: Before’ in Manchester over the next couple of months in preparation for their appearance in Edinburgh in August.
Setting up shop at The Deaf Institute, Group Therapy will be hosting the likes of Paul Foot, Josie Long, Nish Kumar and many more in one of Manchester’s best loved venues. You can expect to see two top acts each night - so you'll get more bang for your buck as a 70's car salesman would say.
So you can expect to see household names alongside some of the most exciting acts on the UK scene and all for only 5 notes per show. To add to that - if you feel like going to them all - you can pay £30 for a sort of season pass. Here's the line-up of what to expect...
Thursday 8th June
“Wildly inappropriate... chaotic, gloriously silly” Time Out
“Imagine a cross between Sean Lock and Eddie Izzard and you might be getting somewhere, but nowhere close” Evening Standard
Thursday 15th June
I See You
“The jokes are as cruel as they are funny, ie, very” Chortle
“Destined to be one of the brightest stars in the British comedy firmament... a frighteningly intelligent gagsmith” The Scotsman
Thursday 22nd June
“Screams superstar… should be huge in five years’ time” Mail on Sunday
“Funny, frank and perceptive” Scotsman
Thursday 29th June
“Robin Ince is thoughtful, provocative and very funny” The Times
“Destined for greatness... he's got charm, anecdotes, callbacks and a worrying father” Sunday Times
Thursday 6th July
“'He's a remarkable talent – a relaxed, easygoing anecdotalist with an eye for funny details. An hour in his company is a true delight” Time Out
“Sets the bar high with a fluid gag driven set, delivered with astute timing” Chortle
Thursday 13th July
“Crackles with fire, has beautiful timing, perfectly pitched delivery and great gags to boot... has the air about her of a woman going places” The Scotsman
“Undeniably honest and hilarious” Three Weeks
Thursday 20th July
“Danny McLoughlin is a class act. His innate comic timing, insightful digressions and ability to think on his feet puts him alongside the most talented and genuinely funny comedians.” Three Weeks
“This is alternative comedy close to its pinnacle" Chortle
Thursday 27th July
“He's dynamite, even with ordinary material, turning standard Brooklyn-hipster jokes into a stomping, roaring tour de force” New York Times
I'll personally be heading to the 8th June show before my General Election all-nighter so I'll send through a comprehensive review next week. Look out for that well written piece of art.
The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor St, Manchester M1 7HE
0161 276 9350