The week in Liverpool comedy (May 3 - 9)
It's that time of year again as the Liverpool Comedy Festival gets underway
We've all the usual bills at the regular clubs this week - Rawhide, Baby Blue, and Laughterhouse, but also the first of the regular Sunday night events for Waterhouse Comedy at Envi on Fleet Street (May 9), and Muck Comedy at the Cat and Fiddle, Stanley precinct in Bootle. (Thursday May 6).
As part of the comedy festival, we've got one-hour shows this week from Chris Cairns (The A-Z of B Movies, The Slaughterhouse, Thursday May 6), Keith Carter as Nige (The Nige Soundtrack, The Slaughterhouse, Thursday May 6), Sam Avery (The Art of the Scouse Insult, Baa Bar, Myrtle St, Friday May 7), Patrick Monahan (Stories and Fables for Kids who Like Sitting at Tables, downstairs at the Royal Court, Sunday May 9), and Gary Delaney previews his debut Edinburgh show (Purist, Baby Blue, Sunday, May 9)
At the arena, homecoming king John Bishop has sold out his now stadium show, Elvis Has Left the Building, for his biggest gig ever. Catch him if you can on Thursday (May 6)
At the theatre, saucy farce Fistful of Collars continues its run at the Royal Court all this week. Jimmy Carr is a festival staple at the Empire next Sunday (May 9), and Daniel Kitson (pictured above) brings his (extremely) acclaimed show 66a Church Road - A Lament Made of Memories and Kept in Suitcases to the Everyman for three nights, from Thursday to Saturday.
Aside from the festival, it's not exclusively a comedy but Canary, now on at the Liverpool Playhouse, is the best piece of new work I've seen at the theatre in years. Written by Corrie and Gimme Gimme Gimme writer Jonathan Harvey, it has all the laughs, tears and risks of any well-written soap and much more besides, and will stick in the memory of those who see it for a very long time. But don't just take my word for it:
From this week, the blog will be bringing you all the reviews, news and interviews from the festival we possibly can. And another great thing is that all the city's comedy promoters are included in this year's programme, so the festival really does feel like an all inclusive affair. So keep reading and as ever, if anything is getting missed out give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.