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A great line up of eggstra special comedy

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Marissa Burgess
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Feeling the effects of too many hollow chocolate eggs? Overdone the confectionery bunnies? Hot cross buns coming out of your ears? Well let comedy soothe you out of your sugar coma with this little lot for April.
 
 
Dave Spikey, Leeds City Varieties, Thu Apr 2, £16.50
The star and co-creator of Phoenix Nights fresh from his Comic Relief fund-raising turn at Manchester Arena with Peter Kay et al. Spikey has been crafting gags for years so here in 'Punchlines' he turns his attention to the possibility of the punchline being funny out of context.
 
Manford's Comedy Club, Pryzm, Fri 3 & Sat 4 Apr, £15
Jason Manford's comedy club chain settles into to its new Leeds venue. This week MC and former snooker player Sean Meo introduces musical cheekiness from Vikki Stone, mischievous Aussie Mickey D plus - upbeat and from Somerset - Laura Lexx on the Friday night and the delightfully odd Peter Brush on the Saturday.
 
Comedy Cellar, Verve, Tue Apr 7 (and every Tuesday), Free
You know the drill, new comics, might be good could be rubbish. Everyone's got to start somewhere. Get down there and support the newcomers – you never know who you might be checking out at the start of their successful career.
 
Sitting Room Comedy, Thu Apr 9, Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, £10 adv, £12 on the door
A fine and innovative Bontempi player and comedian himself, Tom Taylor's Sitting Room comedy nights have branched out to Leeds. Promising a fine line up every time, this is no exception Bury lad Danny Deegan introduces the laid-back Mike Gunn, Oldham semi-surrealist Mick Ferry and lovely oddball Jonny Pelham.
 
Lee Nelson, Leeds City Varieties, Fri Apr 10, £20.60
Many comedians have attempted a scally character but there was something about Simon Brodkin's Lee Nelson that seemed to capture the imagination of the public and TV bods and so off he went to BBC 3. Here he ditches the shell suit to be 'Suited and Booted.'
 
Comedy Sessions, HiFi Club, Sat Apr 11, £12 non members, £10 members (£11/£9 advance)
Another quality night from the House of Fun booked weekly night. This week Justin Moorhouse is also fresh from a Comic Relief raising turn in Phoenix Nights Live, the rural Derbyshire living Rob Rouse runs off some energy and making up the trio is Sean McLoughlin who has a knack for finding the funny in the bleak.
 
Jonny and the Baptists, Carriageworks, Thu Apr 16, £12.50 (£10.50)
Jonny (the sweaty front man) and Paddy (guitar and beanie hat) have already got into trouble with the UKIPs (copyright Stewart Lee) for satirising their membership, let's hope their latest tour 'Rock the Vote,' so close to the general election, is going to include more ant nest poking naughtiness.
 
Jongleurs, Tiger Tiger, Fri 17 & Sat 18 Apr, from £17
On paper Nick Page beats Clarkson in the presenter shooting himself in the foot stakes. Not so third time lucky – he's three times married and fronted three series of Escape to the Country before he was fired for bad behaviour. Still he manages to make the retelling very funny so can't be all bad. With Sam Avery, Mickey Sharma and Anthony J Brown too.
 
Dylan Moran, Leeds Town Hall, Tue Apr 21, £23
There are limited tickets left for Moran's latest show 'Off the Hook'. Twenty years into his stand up career and he's still as fresh as when he won the Edinburgh Comedy award (then the Perrier) back in the nineties. Out of the box thinking and a sharp wit make for a great couple of hours.
 
Romesh Ranganathan and Suzi Ruffell, The Wardrobe, Wed Apr 22, £12
Two of the most exciting new-ish talents team up. Ranganathan and Ruffell have both had respectable nods from critics, other comics and the general public. Here they share the petrol and keep each other company touring their latest solo shows together, with Ranganathan's 'Rom Wasn't Built in a Day' and Ruffell's 'Social Chameleon.'
 
Comedy Kaiju, Wharf Chambers, Wed Apr 22, Free
Crikey this is early but Comedy Kaiju has launched its Edinburgh Fringe season already. Some local, and not so local, acts hone their Fringe shows. This month, 'Songruiner' Stephen Frizzle and his keyboard plus 'Alpha Fail' Cormac Friel. In addition there's South African funny man Bradford Keen as well as York's Liam Cook.
 
House of Fun, The Original Oak, Fri Apr 24, £7 advance, £8 on the door
The ever popular House of Fun run Headingley situated comedy night. The exuberant Dan Nightingale comperes but at the time of uploading the line up was as yet to be confirmed but rumour has it, it'll be a good one.
 
Kill for a Seat, Seven Arts, Wed Apr 29, £11 (£9 conc or advance)
The regional final of the Last Minute Comedy and Kill For a Seat national new act competition. I'm no clairvoyant so line ups are as yet unknown but be assured it'll be a top line up with some guests and your usual baldy-sex-god-with-a-guitar host Silky.

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