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Sun 24th Mar at 8:15pm (doors at 7:00pm) - 11:00pm
Work In Progress
@ Frog and Bucket, Manchester
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Work In Progress: Phil Ellis, Chris Brooker, Phil Chapman, Peter Brush, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Rob Rouse
"Every comedian needs a safe place to road test their new material and Work In Progress is just that place! No stag/hen parties, no office parties no heckling.
MC Phil Ellis presents Chris Brooker, Phil Chapman, Peter brush, Kiri Pritchard- Mclean & Rob Rouse (line ups subject to change). Doors 7pm / Show 8.15pm - 11pm"
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Possessed of a fabulously manic energy, Phil has established a reputation as a unique, reliable and exciting act. A regular MC on the national circuit, his natural and instantly likeable style has proved a hit with promoters and audiences alike. Phil regularly MCs at big weekend clubs such as Highlight and the Frog and Bucket, where he has his own night at both the Preston and Manchester venue.
'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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A gifted performer, Chris Brooker has taken his unique mix of comedy and improvisation to stages all over the world. After a decade on the UK comedy circuit Chris has forged a fine reputation for himself as a stand-up comedian and compère.
His versatility has seen him play to audiences of all sizes and backgrounds, winning them over with his infectious enthusiasm, swift wit and immense likeability.
Dubbed comedy's ginger Viking by a promoter, he really is a larger than life character!
'Very funny, very quick... On the spot humour' (BBC)
'A fitting finale, had the audience in stitches' (StudentOnline)
'The best act of the night, his quick wit silencing hecklers and getting plenty of laughs' (Manchester Evening News)
'The revelation of the night. Spot on' (Now Toronto)
'Well crafted jokes... Arguably the best routine of the night' (Giggle Beats)
'As fine an ambassador for British comedy as you could ask for. Absolutely brilliant, made it look so easy' (Tommy Nielson, Director
of The Aarhus Comedy Festival)
'A truly touching, inspiring and hilarious show that provided heart felt laughter and moved many in attendance to tears. Absolutely absorbing and thoroughly recommended' (The Oregonian).
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Middlesbrough-born stand up comic and writer.
'An instant hit' (Liverpool Echo)
'A good stage presence, with the jokes to match' (Gigglebeats).
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An unassuming presence, with his small bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, which belies a highly distinctive act of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion. A BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2013 & Harrogate Comedian of the Year 2012.
'An imaginative use of language and obtuse angles of thought that produce distinctive and eclectic gags... his best lines are inspired' (Chortle).
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With a charming stage manner coupled with a deft, quick wit it's easy to see why Nottingham Comedy Festival named Welsh comic Kiri Pritchard-McLean their Breakout Act Of The Year.
'She balances affection with an acute eye for the ridiculous to bring you a stand up set of well delivered, increasingly funny anecdotes... definitely one to watch' (Three Weeks)
'Kiri was by far the funniest and most quick witted, one to look out for in the future' (Leicester Mercury).
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An English comedian known for his hyperactive brand of humour. Since winning Channel Four's prestigious 'So You Think You're Funny' Competition at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998, an award previously won by Phil Kay, Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Tommy Tiernan and Peter Kay, he has been a regular performer at major venues on both the London and National circuit, known and loved for his hugely lively, loveable, honest, frank and seriously funny stand up comedy.
'Immensely talented act who demands to be seen. A star of the future... A man
with genuinely funny bones’ (The Sunday Times)
'He is a great storyteller... prepared to go to the bleakest and most uncomfortable
places... The tears of laughter came in floods’ (The Scotsman)
'Hilarious’ (The List)
'Belly laugh funny' (The Herald)
'Frankly brilliant' (http://www.SuchSmallPortions.com)
'A carefully weighted hour of comedic storytelling' (Fest)
'Missing This show means missing something wonderful' (Edinburgh Evening News).
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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
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