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Fri 29th Mar at 8:15pm (doors at 7:00pm)
Barrel Of Laughs
@ Frog and Bucket, Manchester
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Barrel Of Laughs: Phil Nichol, Steve Day, Daliso Chaponda, Jim Smallman
Image © Steve Ullathorne
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
A barnstorming, madcap Canadian stand-up comedian who was voted Time Out Comedian Of The Year 1999 and is a Perrier Award winner.
WINNER - Scotsman Fringe First Award 2011
WINNER - IF.COM Eddie Award 2006 (previously The Perrier, now known as the Edinburgh Comedy Award)
WINNER - Time Out Best Comedy Performer 1998
Chortle Best Headliner - Nominee - 2002, 2006 & 2010
As seen on The Graham Norton Show, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Altitude Festival , Annually Retentive, The World Stands Up, Comedy Shuffle, and many more.
'Nichol is absolutely born to perform, and the show is brilliant' (The Skinny)
'Attacks his material with all the restraint of a Tasmanian Devil in a foghorn
factory' (The Times)
'Phil Nichol is an extraordinary performer – entrancing and alarming in equal measure' (The Stage)
'Very polished, witty and insightful. It is also extremely funny' (List)
'Seismically powerful award-winning comic force' (The Scotsman).
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The stand-up circuit's only deaf comedian. If there is another one, he hasn't heard! He brings his own inimitable brand of humour. A vibrant and energetic performer, Steve utilises his deafness to produce tears of laughter from his audience.
'Revelatory and very funny' (The Guardian)
'Warm, funny, frank and thought-provoking' (The Scotsman).
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Daliso is a versatile African comedian equally comfortable talking politics, romance, filth or religion. As such, he has performed in such diverse venues as churches, casinos, strip clubs and sports bars.
'Full of extravagant gestures and impassioned speeches. He inspires whoops and cheers from his watchers. Highly recommended' (BBC)
'A joy to listen to. Provocative, poignant and ultimately hilarious' (The Guardian)
'I laughed so much I thought I'd pass out!' (The List)
'It takes a special kind of act to work on both sides of the Atlantic (as well as across Africa), but it seems an easy transition as he compels the crowd with his racial and socially insightful comedy' (News and Star, Carlisle)
'Absolutely [took] the roof off the place. Brilliant, brilliant act' (The Frog and Bucket).
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Best Debut Show Nominee - Leicester Comedy Festival Awards 2009. Jim is an amusingly tattooed, manic depressive former child prodigy with tall tales of his wrongness coming out of his ears. And yet he used to be so nice...what on earth happened? This is his story so far.
Jim has performed in Singapore, Denmark and Los Angeles as well as all over the UK. His stories are brutally honest, always true, and often unbelievable - and have won him an army of fans all over the world.
'Wonderfully gritty... his struggles with mental illness and alcoholism make for impressive comic pickings' (The Guardian)
'It's obvious that Jim Smallman is a natural-born compere. He has such an easy rapport with the audience and tells his tales with a fluidity and energy that keeps everyone attentive' (Chortle)
'Jim Smallman is not just a comic who tells brilliant jokes, he is a heart-warming storyteller, and his experiences will have you captivated and laughing out loud' (Three Weeks).
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Venue: Frog and Bucket
102 Oldham Street
M4 1LJ 53.484158, -2.232650
Phone: 0161 236 9805
→ Manchester Victoria 11 min walk
→ Manchester Piccadilly 12 min walk