Count Arthur Strong has become almost a British icon; or so the character would like you to believe.

Comedian; Steve Delaney’s larger than life character first appeared on to the scene in the form of a BBC 4 Radio Show, since then countless radio series have been recorded and a couple of seasons of a TV sitcom-style version of the show, both proving to be big hits so it’s no surprise that the live show titled ‘Alive and Unplugged’ at Buxton Opera House has brought in a big crowd.

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Richard Herring’s been busy. In the ten years since his “Oh F*”k I’m 40!” tour the comedian has continued to perform at every Edinburgh Fringe, cultivated a loyal following for the extremely funny and entertaining Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (RHLSTP), written several books, appeared in celebrity quiz shows, written a newspaper column, got married and become a dad.

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Britain’s Got Talent golden buzzer act comedian Daliso Chaponda delivered his 2018 debut stand up tour tonight at the Lowry Theatre in Salford. The Malawian born stand up was a stand-out star from last year’s show capturing the nation’s hearts and garnering an accumulation of 17 million views online.

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Whether you know David Baddiel as half of the laddish nineties duo of Baddiel and Skinner, or in his later incarnation as a highly successful children's author, or even if you are old enough (like me) to remember the Cambridge Footlights inspired Mary Whitehouse Experience; he is one of the most recognisable and successful comedy talents of the last 25 years.

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Well, St. Helens came out in force tonight to support comedian Milton Jones in his new tour ‘Milton Jones Is Out There’ with only a few empty seats at the rear of the circle. Appearing on Mock The Week and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Jones is no stranger to the crowds and he is certainly in demand as last year he had to add 48 extra dates onto this current UK tour. Luckily, he did not disappoint when he was in St. Helens Theatre Royal tonight.

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Dave Spikey could be described as a veteran of stand up, performing his well-honed routines to audiences around the country ever since winning Stairway to the Stars and changing his life forever.

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Janice Connolly, aka ‘Barbara Nice’ certainly kick-started Christmas for the audience at The Lowry Theatre with a bang. Her Christmas Special Show with all the associated trimmings was better than I ever expected.

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These days confessional humour seems to be the default way for stand ups to get laughs and the reliably neurotic Simon Amstell certainly has plenty of material as he explores what it was like to come out to his family, and as a minor TV celebrity.

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The Irish Comedian, Jason Byrne entered the Quays Theatre Stage at the Lowry tonight with his renowned flamboyant presence.

Instantly, Jason began to interact with the audience and somehow managed to go on a tangent about his journey through a vasectomy. This subject matter was somewhat comical but mainly for the male members of the audience.

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Tonight, I had the pleasure of watching one of my childhood idol impressionists, Jon Culshaw.

The title gives off the context of what he has to offer and becomes apparent that the show is an autobiographical approach of his life through impersonations of people he has met along the way.

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It’s not often that a warm-up act is as good as the headliner, but Lauren Pattison is a very talented up and coming performer who had the audience rolling about with belly laughs. Pattinson is an honest, Northern performer who doesn’t hold back with her comedy. A short set, but crammed with filthy, personal and honest jokes. Pattison is going to be a huge star in her own right one day and it was an honour to see her at the start of her journey.

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