Comedy in Manchester



Manchester’s comedy scene is one of the best in the country, if not the world. Not only does it have 2 purpose-built comedy clubs (The Comedy Store and Frog & Bucket) but it’s also home to dozens of independent gigs which vary in price, line-ups,  and atmosphere.

Sidekick Comedy is proud to be part of the buzz but of course we’re not the only game in town and in an effort to help comedy fans find gigs to go to any night of the week, we’re providing some basic info for these ‘indie’ gigs. Any and/or all of these are worth your time and money. Thanks for supporting live comedy, guys!!

(And, if you run a MCR gig that you’d like to see on this page, just get in touch!)

City Centre and Greater Manchester Gigs:

Weekly Shows


–XS Malarkey, Pub/Zoo in City Centre,  7:30 doors 8:30 show. £5/3  Website here:


–The Comedy Balloon, Ape and Apple in City Centre,  8:30 show. Free entry.  Website here:


Fortnightly Shows

Every Other Tuesday

–The Worst Comedy Night in Salford, The King’s Arms in Salford, 8:30 show. Free entry. Facebook page here:


Monthly Shows

Last Monday Each Month

–Sidekick Comedy, Via Fossa in city centre, 7:30 Doors 8PM show. £2 or free with student ID. sidekick comedy


Last Wednesday Each Month

–Lettuce Laugh, Slug and Lettuce, Didsbury, £5 8PM

First Thursday Each Month

–Murder Inc. (improvised murder mystery show), Ape & Apple in city centre, 7:30 Doors, 8PM show, £5–includes free pizza during interval.
Facebook Page Murder Inc.

Second Friday Each Month

–Lettuce Laugh, Bowling Green, Chorlton, £7, 8PM

First Saturday Each Month

–Let’s See What Happens (long-form improv), The King’s Arms in Salford, 7:30 Show, £3. Website here:

–Lettuce Laugh, The Griffin, Heaton Mersey, £5, 8PM (2016 shows are slated for Feb, April, June).

Third Saturday Each Month

–ComedySportz (all ages short-form improv), Waterside Theatre in Sale, 6:30 Show, £7/5. Website here:

First Sunday Each Month

–Didsbury Comedy Club, Didsbury Cricket Club, Doors 7PM/7:45 Show. £7. Website here:

Second Sunday Each Month

–Comedy Unplugged (improv), Fuel in Withington, 8PM Show, Free. Website here:

Last Sunday Each Month

–Laughing Cows, Frog & Bucket in city centre, 8PM Show, £10/7. Website here:

–Quippopotomus, Fuel in Withington, 8PM show. Donation. Facebook page here:

–Antwerp Mansion, Antwerp Mansion in Rusholme, 7:30 show, £5. Website here:


Regular Nights (but with floating dates)

–Trapdoor Comedy, Several MCR venues, Check website for complete listings  Trapdoor Comedy

–Group Therapy, Gorilla in City Centre, Doors 7/8PM Show. £11. Website here: Group Therapy

–Perfect Strangers, Comedy Promoters running one-off gigs in MCR and beyond, FB Page Perfect Strangers

–Dead Cat Comedy (MACE, Dancehouse, etc…) Website here: Dead Cat

–Sham Bodie, city-centre venues, Website here: Sham-Bodie



Further Afield…


Last Friday Each Month

–Bolton Comedy Club, Henighans in Bolton, 8:30 Show, £7 Facebook page here:


First Sunday Each Month

–The Heatons Comedy Evening, Heatons Sports Club in Heaton Moor, Doors 7:15 Show 7:45. £7.50 Website here:

Second Sunday Each Month

–The Hebden Bridge Comedy Club, The Old Gate in Hebden Bridge, 8PM Show, £8.50 Website here:

Last Sunday Each Month

–Off The Rails Comedy Club, Royal George in Saddleworth, Doors 7:30 Show 8:30, £8.50 Website here:



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