• 27
  • 10
  • 2016
  • 07.00
  • pm
  • Ballroom

Women in Comedy Festival

Please note this is an 18+ event

Campion & Grufferty : Coshowpolitan

Maddie Campion and Dannie Grufferty combine stand-up, impro and audience interaction to provide a comedy alternative to women’s magazines.

Dannie Grufferty (Comedy Knights Finalist 2016) and Maddie Campion (“Effortlessly charming” – Comedy Cirque) feel underrepresented in media, and in particular, within women’s magazines.  This is quite a confusing to Dannie and Maddie, as they are women and in theory, the prime target of the publications.   With the culmination of the centrefold, many might find Playboy more appealing than the 186 pages of adverts and 50 word write up on Moccasins offered in Vogue.

 Women’s magazines may seem harmless but a light flick through one is enough to make the most secure woman doubt her looks, weight, clothes and whether her last orgasm was as powerful as it could’ve been.  They’ll regularly tell you to be yourself but rather a version of yourself based on Alexa Chung.

Whilst everyone is free to enjoy make-up, fashion, sex and anxiety as much as they like, there is more to the female gender than the publications printed for them make out.  Will the glass ceiling ever truly be broken if an issue of Cosmopolitan struggles to pass the Bechdel Test?

Join Dannie and Maddie as they use stand-up, sketch-improv and interviews to satirise these common tropes and magazine flaws in Coshowpolitan; they’ve already targeted one notorious article inCoshowpolitan’s Edfringe Trailer.

Gulliver’s Ballroom, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW

Doors 19:45 Show 20:00-21:00


O&O Comedy Duo : The Good Stuff

A new hour of sketch comedy written by O&O Part realism part ridiculous part darkly intimate experience…

Finalists ‘Best New Act’ at Bath Comedy Festival 2015

Masters of cutting edge discomfort and unparalleled LOLs, South West comedy duo O&O announce The Good Stuff, a new hour of sketch comedy. Described as a “young Wood & Walters” O&O, aka Marina O’Shea and Tessa (O’) Gaukroger, aka The Funny One and The Tall One, follow rapturous reviews, sold out shows and a host of industry nominations with news of their debut Edinburgh Fringe Festival show – ‘The Good Stuff’, preceded by a short preview tour in June and July.

Premiered in March to a sold out crowd, The Good Stuff zooms in on the little moments, the hilarity hidden in the unnoticed characters we pass each day: a manager losing control of her team, a checkout girl that doesn’t understand how annoy putting change on top of the receipt is, loved ones abducted by Netflix and the impending doom of rising London rents. As if this wasn’t enough for one lightning fast hour led by a duo who almost definitely know each other too well, a vital ‘living‘ prop has gone missing backstage. Everything will almost certainly end in chaos. You’ll be laughing with them, at them and long after they’re gone…

Founded in 2011, professional touring comedy duo O&O have defined themselves as a witty twosome with a self-penned, interactive style. Past shows Out of Season (2013), A Comedy of Careers (2014) and We’re Dead Serious (2015) took them up and down the country through festivals, theatres, comedy clubs and even a few living rooms – cosy. Their partnership with film bods Cineon Productions (UK Film Council, BBC) resulted in the hugely successful six part comedy short series, which went on to be selected for screenings at international film festivals – watch it in full on the duo’s youtube channel. Accolades are now mounting, with the pair nominated for a host of awards including ‘Best New Act’ at London Sketchfest 2015, ‘Best New Act’ at Bath Comedy Festival 2015 plus a review from the Greater  Manchester Fringe that whipped out the G word and raised expectations to an almost impossibly high level: “Non-stop laughter – geniuses at work.”

Official nominees ‘Best New Act’ at London Sketchfest 2015

“Non-stop laughter – geniuses at work” – Greater Manchester Fringe

“The funniest women in the world. Lovely people, too” David Quantick – Critic, Writer (Brass Eye, Smack The Pony)

“It can only be a matter of time before blossoming female comedy duo O&O are household names” Jackie Butler, Western Morning New 

Gulliver’s Ballroom, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW

Doors 21:15 | Show 21:30-22:30

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