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Friday 17 Sep 2021

[@]Manchester's Comedy Scene

An under-qualified doctor once told me that laughter was best medicine – and perhaps he was right.

Greater Manchester is the birth place to some of the country’s best-loved comedians, from Peter Kay to Steve Coogan, from Victoria Wood to Bernard Manning.

While you may be familiar with most of these names from the TV, before they were on screen most cut their teeth on the comedy circuit, starting out in Manchester. You can visit the very clubs that the greats started out in.

So here’s your chance to swap the settee for the real thing – you never know, you might just be the first to see the next Victoria Wood. Here’s some places around the city not to miss.

  • Antwerp Mansion

    Antwerp Mansion

    The Antwerp comedy night happens once a month and is free entry. The venue is also open Thursday - Sunday 9pm to 3am.

    Recommended: It's FREE

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    Address: Rusholme Grove, off the Curry Mile, Wilmslow Rd, Manchester, M14 5AG
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  • Laugh Local

    Laugh Local

    A quick tram ride to Cholton and you'll be laughing your socks off.


  • Manfords Comedy Club

    Manfords Comedy Club

    Tiger Tiger, at The Printworks, has brought Jason Manfords comedy club to the city centre.


  • The Comedy Store

    The Comedy Store

    Long established Comedy Store has been entertaining audiences at Deansgate Lock, pop down to find out whats on tonight.


  • XS Malarkey

    XS Malarkey

    This regular event happens at Zoo and has seen many famous comics play there.


Manchester a City of ‘Quarters’

Bury - Part of Historic Manchester

Bury Town

Only 30 minutes by Tram from the City Centre, Bury and its attractions make a good day trip



Nestled between the Irwell and Medloack rivers Castlefield is where the Romans established 'Mamucium'. Experience the old and modern and explore its attractions

China Town - City Centre

China Town

China Town, a stone's throw from Piccadilly Gardens, offers restaurants, specialist supermarkets and entertainment all in one space



Connecting most parts of the city, this mile-long road is worth a stroll along and offers some great shops and places to eat

Read About All Manchester‘s Quarters