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Our top three comedy nights this week

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Never mind spending Bonfire week standing in a variety of damp parks warming yourself by a big roaring fire with the burning effigy of a man on top - get out and see some of this comedy instead. Toffee apples will only pull at your fillings anyway.

Wed Nov 5 Marcel Lucont – The Lowry 
This French caricature has gone from strength to strength in the last few years. Creator Alexis Dubus inhabits his Gallic alter ego so well, a critic at the Edinburgh Fringe this August failed to spot he wasn't real until she'd googled him after the show. His shtick is to poke fun at the French by using all of the favourite stereotypes we like to think of our neighbours whilst equally ridiculing British culture. He lampoons both countries with a haughty nose tipped skywards yet is so laid back he only just falls short of slipping into a smoking jacket and reclining on a chaise longue to deliver his set.

Fri Nov 7 Laugh Local - Chorlton Irish Club
After a couple of years spent promoting club night Bop Local the creators decided to add a comedy night to the monthly line-up. Booked by seasoned promoter Rob Riley and with local star Justin Moorhouse at the helm, the night is top quality and right on hip Chorltonites' door step. But it's well worth travelling to for those who aren't in the area. This month Moorhouse is required elsewhere so former member of spoof eco-warriors Cyderdelic, Barry Castagnola, takes the MC-ing reins. There's a set from musical comic and Radio 4 stalwart Mitch Benn, genial Geordie stand-up Gavin Webster and promisingly deadpan newcomer Jonny Pelham.

Sun Nov 9 Mark Watson – The Lowry 
Over the years Watson has been at the forefront of quirky comedy stunts; he spent the first few years of his stand-up career talking in a Welsh accent despite hailing from the West Country and subsequently put on 24 and 36 hour shows at the Edinburgh Fringe with a little help from some guests. This latest show, 'Flaws,' is his most personal and soul bearing to date, detailing his mental health issues in the last year and how he managed to set himself on the road to recovery. But it's certainly not downbeat as he makes the tale funny and uplifting in his own idiosyncratic and frenetic way.

Words: Marissa Burgess

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