Something’s in the water in Manchester. No, not the Bee Bikes at the bottom of the Ship Canal. We’re talking about the live comedy scene, which is absolutely popping off.
Manchester has long boasted one of the best comedy scenes in the country, but right now it seems to be having a real moment. Maybe it’s because of the lack of laughing matters elsewhere, maybe it’s due to a freak wave of brilliant local comedians. Whatever the reason, something big is happening.
The last few years have seen a Whac-a-Mole style rise and fall of new comedy nights. But the good ones – the really, really good ones – have stuck around, joining legendary nights that have been running in the city for decades.
From purpose-built comedy clubs to basement bar pop-ups, ticketed events to free open mics, you can choose from live comedy nights seven days a week. All nurture homespun talent, while many also attract the wider circuit’s most exciting names.
Looking for a laugh? Here are Manchester’s very best comedy nights.