March comedy picks: The best comedy in Manchester this month

John Stansfield
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Our comedy picks for Manchester in March – including Josie Long, Bridget Christie and Ed Aczel.

Josie Long at The Pub/Zoo

A return to Group Therapy for the loveliest comedian you’re ever likely to find. Peddling whimsy and wild ideas with giddy abandon Long was so popular last year that they had to add a second show. No such luck this year and tickets are flying out fast – so get yours quick to avoid disappointment. Saturday 5 March, 7pm, tickets £13

Bridget Christie at The Lowry

What at first seemed like a promotional tool for Christie’s new book A Book For Her has turned into another on point show about feminism in modern culture. Turns out she didn’t fix it all with her 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show A Bic For Her and there are more stark revelations about what it takes to be a woman in the arts, and indeed the world, in this new outing as part of the Wonder Women festival 2016. (Obviously you can also buy her book.) Wednesday 9 March, 8pm, tickets £18

Peter Brush and Jonny Pelham at The Eagle Inn

Two of the North’s most promising talents present a double bill of their forthcoming Edinburgh shows. Though still at a work-in-progress level (hence the £2 admission) both Pelham and Brush received high praise for their debut shows at last year’s festival, so these follow ups will be ones to watch north of the border come August. Pelham’s self-deprecation and the non-more-nebbish Brush are future stars for sure, and a pound per comic is really a steal. Wednesday 16 March, 7.30pm, tickets £2

Stuart Goldsmith at The Pub/Zoo

Possibly best known for his podcast The Comedian’s Comedian, where his easy charm belies an interviewer’s tricks of the trade, Goldsmith is now embarking on his first nationwide tour. Entitled An Hour, the show is exactly that, an hour in the company of a great and ebullient storyteller who just seems ecstatic that he gets to do the job that he does, whilst also doing it very well. Wednesday 23 Mar, 7pm, tickets £8 / £7 Conc.

Ed Aczel at The Lowry

Aczel is a very intelligent man and in his current show The Random Flappings of a Butterfly’s Wings he takes us through the things that help make him who he is, with his love of history taking a main stage and his improvisational skills meaning the audience can get involved with this discussion on the meaning of existence. Heavy stuff with the lightest of touches. Sunday 31 March, 8pm, tickets £12

Culture Guides

Exhibitions

Pause in the hustle and bustle of festive prep to take in some inspiration from this month’s top exhibitions.

The Ocean at the End of The Lane at the lowry

Families

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Manchester is bursting with fun, family activities to keep the kids entertained in the run up to Christmas!

Writer Nicholas Royle. Photo by Zoe McLean

Literature

There are spooky stories, Christmas crime thrillers and plenty of books for stocking fillers as December unfolds and Manchester and the wider North region switches on the live literature lights.

Music

The festive season is here, and whether you want to escape it or embrace it, we’ve got you covered.

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

Alongside radical sci-fi adaptations and free arts festivals, we take a look at some of the Christmas shows happening in the North.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Food and Drink

Explore the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North for autumn.

Image credit: Maryna Makarenko, Sun-Eaters, 2022

Cinema

Classic pre-Code cinema, the Artist Film Weekender and the music of John Williams are amongst our highlights this month.

Tours and Activities

We’re deep into Autumn now but don’t let that stop you from finding a new tour or activity to get stuck into.

Things to do right now

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Pottery at Earth Pig Pottery and Fine Art in Buxton

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Graffiti at Zap Graffiti

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Blacksmithing at Forge Four

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Embroidery with Sara Dennis at Lancaster Castle

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Making silver stacker rings at The Old Granary

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Candle making at Cheshire Workshops

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Glass fusing at Glassmonkey Studio

Textile taxidermy
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Textile taxidermy with Jaki Bogg at Craven Arts Studios

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Knittaz with Attitude: Yarnbombing at Upside Down Coffee

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Aftersun at HOME