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Fri 15th Feb at 8:15pm (doors at 7:00pm)
Barrel Of Laughs
@ Frog and Bucket Comedy Club, Manchester
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Barrel Of Laughs: Andy Wilkinson (aka Smug Roberts), Brennan Reece, Jeff Innocent, Phil Ellis
Top flight comics from the national and international circuit.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Also known by his stage name Smug Roberts, Andy is one of Manchester's finest comedians and actors.
As seen in 'Phoenix Nights', 'That Peter Kay Thing', 'Mrs Brown's Boys', 'Cold Feet' and the Ken Loach film 'Looking For Eric' Described by Metro as 'an act everyone deserves to see at least once', Smug is a venerated veteran of the British comedy circuit.
He is a headline act all over the U.K and is regarded as something of a cult hero in his native Manchester and is a man with
genuinely funny bones, able to provoke peals of laughter from a quirky colloquialism or a nonplussed expression, but it is the sheer imagination of his storytelling where he really shines.
Anecdotes from his home life as a cuckolded house husband with two teenage kids on hormonal rampage are laced with brilliant punchlines and surreal tangents, including the welcome appearance of a talking dog. He’s also had a minor chart hit with ‘Meat Pie Sausage Roll’ a song that began its life as a comedy routine by Smug on local radio and made it to the heady heights of number 67 in June 1998. Quite the Renaissance man.
In 1995, he tried stand-up comedy for the first time at the Frog and Bucket comedy club, adopting the stage name "Smug Roberts"; the "smug" came from an event in his life where people teased him for being a "smug bastard" and the "Roberts" was adapted from his middle name.
'A comedy maestro... the pace, emphasis and rhythm of his delivery is impeccable. A rock solid act guaranteed to entertain' (City Life).
Andy Wilkinson (aka Smug Roberts) tour dates
Actor and comedian from Manchester and winner of the English Comedian Of The Year 2015.
'... the appealing Brennan Reece, whose lively and sometimes uncomfortable attitude to life is perceptible in his fast paced, vibrantly drawn, hilarious tales' (Funhouse Comedy)
'Hilarious rubber faced bright young talent' (The Stage)
'Rabble rousing. A triumph of performance' (Chortle).
Brennan Reece tour dates
Jeff Innocent is a popular and experienced stand up comedian who performs all over the world. He regularly appears on TV and radio as a comedian, actor and a cultural commentator and has written for various publications.
'It should be made law that every British Citizen must go and see Jeff Innocent. He's that funny' (Evening Standard)
'Clever, honest, funny, hugely likeable comedy' (Kate Copstick, The Scotsman)
'He commands the room, hits strong gags with confidence and style and has the audience bending to his every whim. In short, he's one funny man - whatever the environment' (Chortle).
Jeff Innocent tour dates
Phil Ellis is a comedian and writer known for his chaotic stand-up and live performances. Phil broke onto the comedy scene with his widely acclaimed Funz and Gamez, which won the Panel Prize at the 2014 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He is making his way in TV with The Tapeface Tapes (BBC3) and Phil’s Ill: Comedy Shorts (Dave).
'Ellis sets such a cracking pace. He flits around the audience with his frisky, easy banter spreading a feeling of good humoured fun' (Chortle)
'... delighting both children and (on a rather different level) adults alike' (The Daily Telegraph)
'I cannot imagine the being that would not be blown away by this ridiculously funny, shambolic gigglefest of a show' (The Scotsman)
'Wildly inappropriate... chaotic, gloriously silly' (Time Out).
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Venue: Frog and Bucket Comedy Club
Phone: 0161 236 9805
→ Manchester Victoria 10 min walk