. Stand Out Comedy Tour… extra, extra…

Since it’s fast approaching EDINBURGH FRINGE time again, I thought I’d take the opportunity to promote 3 of my favourite comedians again. Yes, they’re all women. Yes, they’re all extremely funny. And, yes, I do think more could be done to promote female comedians.

So, going back in time, to the STAND OUT COMEDY TOUR, I’d found myself with the opportunity to take in an extra bit of the Tour, and I was so very glad that I did. The strength of these performers meant that no gig was quite the same; the material varied, the audience reaction altered, and the lighting was different… immensely different. From the dark, muted blue and red tones of SOUND CONTROL, Manchester, I found myself with the warm, peachy glow of the GLEE CLUB, Nottingham. This venue was much more appropriate for this type of gig as not only did they provide much more flattering lighting, the crowd were much closer and, with no barriers to peer over, very much more involved in the performances.

JEN BRISTER played host tonight, in addition to her own set, with SUZI RUFFELL and ZOE LYONS taking the stage in between. The comedy was again rounded off by a sterling musical performance from AMiTY.

All four of these ladies provided me with so many photo opportunties that I was spoilt for choice, but couldn’t resist the ‘shoe shots’. I’m always intrigued by the variety of footwear worn on stage (Well, when you’re in the Press Pit, that’s pretty much the first thing you see!) I always think that the choice footwear tells a little story about the performer. Maybe I’m just weird.

Anyway, they’re all marvellous. Go and see them, if you can. And to the person whose ear I guffawed in rather too loudly at Zoe’s overtly enthusiastic ‘Dog Pram’ joke, I’m sorry!


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. Stand Out Comedy Tour

So, yesterday I caught up with three of the UK’s funniest female stand-up comics, Zoe Lyons, Jen Brister and Suzi Ruffell, on their first ever live tour together.

Following on from their recent appearances at Edinburgh Fringe, this tour is a combination of all the best bits, rolled into one. Three very different outlooks but all fantastically funny, and there was rarely a moment when the audience weren’t either captivated by one of the many engaging tales or rolling about their seats with laughter. These three ladies are seriously funny.

The evening, at Sound Control, was hosted by the hugely entertaining Heather Peace, who took a break from her own singing and acting to keep the evening running smoothly with her usual mix of charm and wit.

And to top it all off we had a special musical performance from AMiTY. Never have I seen anyone play the drums, guitar and sing all at the same time. The crowd loved it and were soon dancing in the aisles. A fantastic way to spend an otherwise miserable night in Manchester.

The tour continues around the UK this week and I can heartily recommend it.

. Women’s Stage – Manchester Pride

And so, as promised, a post dedicated to the Women’s Stage event at Manchester Pride.

Many amazing and diverse acts performed, from the side-splittingly funny Jen Brister and Sarah Adams, the wonderfully melodic Second Hand Wings, the rich musical talent of Horse, to name but a few. Everything ran really smoothly thanks to the fabulous hosting skills of Claire Mooney and Rosie Lugosi, who both also performed. All rounded off with Think Pink!, a tribute act who soon got the crowd dancing.

A new addition was the Drag King competition, which was judged by staff and patrons of Manchester Pride, including actress and singer Heather Peace, who was due to also perform, but had, sadly, lost her voice. Heather was gracious enough to donate her time elsewhere… judging the competition and having her photograph taken with her many adoring fans. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding this talented actress and her forthcoming BBC drama “Lip Service”. Grab her while you can. So to speak!