Don’t worry, despite the name there are no looks-checks on the door. Rather Comedy For Hot People is one of the city’s best comedy nights, held at the wonderful The Fitzgerald cocktail bar in the Northern Quarter.
It’s pay-what-you-want, but for guaranteed entry (highly recommended) it’s best to book in advance. Plus you can bag yourself a snazzy seat, right in the heart of the action – or slightly to the side if you’re more a shy, retiring type.
Headlined by Sophie Duker, who has appeared on a long, long list of top TV shows
This month is headlined by Sophie Duker, who has appeared on a long, long list of top TV shows. There are also sets from raved-about local legends Jain Edwards and Dan Tiernan, and the superb James Heath. And the wonderful Erika Ehler is back on hosting duties. Curious to learn more about the acts? Read on:
Sophie Duker: Sophie Duker is a comedian and writer whose favourite things include breaking hearts, taking names and telling jokes with the confidence of a cis straight middle-class white man. Her Edinburgh Fringe Show, Venus, saw her nominated for the Best Newcomer award and gained critical acclaim and five-star reviews. The success of this show saw her performing a sold out two week run at the Soho Theatre. She’s also a regular guest on Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC2) and has appeared on Live at The Apollo (BBC2), Mock the Week (BBC2), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4) and Hypothetical (Dave). If that’s not enough, Sophie will be appearing on the upcoming series of Taskmaster (Channel 4)
Jain Edwards: Surrealist stand-up Jain Edwards has featured on BBC3 and Channel 4, and has written and appeared on podcasts The Beef and Dairy Network and Tiredness Kills as well as co-creating the Twitch cult phenomenon Escape The North. Jain also presents her own multimedia spectacle The Jain Edwards Show with some of the brightest and strangest stars of the North West comedy scene.
Dan Tiernan: Dan is a 25-year-old, gay, Mancunian, with dyspraxia. He’s a high energy act with a set full to the brim of smart off-beat jokes about his chaotic life. His long list of awards includes winning North West Comedy Awards, Break Through Act of the Year (2021), West Didsbury Comedy Festival New Comedian of the Year (2021), Frog and Bucket, Beat The Frog World Series (2020), and Edinburgh Fringe, The SAM LGBT Award (2021).
James Heath: Last but not least, James claimed runner-up at the Beat The Frog World Series 2019, and Planet Sound states: “Would easily claim a big cult following.”