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Adam Buxton: BUG @ the Zion Arts Centre Hulme

Last night The Poplar Tree went to watch Dr Buckles at the Zion Arts Centre in Hulme doing his BUG routine. BUG was set up in 2007 to showcase the best talents in music video making and shows are regularly held at the British Film Institute (BFI).

Here’s my Top 3 favourite moments of the night:

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Frank Sidebottom Remembered x

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Tim Key’s Slutcracker Tour Manchester’s Dancehouse – Live Review

Tim Key’s Slutcracker tour came to Manchester’s Dancehouse this week, where he performed to his biggest live audience yet. After winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award at last year’s Fringe Festival he has since made appearances on Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe reciting ‘good-bad’ poems about any topic imaginable, from swimming widths at his local pool, to stewing ham in dew.

Some might say his poetry is puerile and deeply offensive nonsense, but others with a sense of humour would say it’s witty, keenly observational and stands alongside Spike Milligan as a master of both comedy and poetry.

Key sort of pretends to be bad at what he does and watching Slutcracker doesn’t get you any closer to working him out. He made his ramshackle entrance at the Dancehouse wearing a trackie top whilst holding a Tesco’s bag full of Fosters, but his beer swilling alter ego didn’t last long, as he soon exited the stage to reappear wearing a tatty pinstripe suit.

His props onstage included a child’s ride-on pony toy, a typewriter, fridge, wrench and a pile of porn – all as disparate and wacky as his own comedic style. Explaining the mess he said, “I’ve brought an array up to Manchester – you can’t come to Manchester without an array.” Continue reading

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Angelous Epithemiou and Friends at the Stockport Plaza

Angelos Epithemiou is best known as the oddball DJ off Shooting Stars, who earlier this year replaced man-baby drummer, George Dawes. When Angelos isn’t out and about collecting Sainsbury’s bags he goes by the name of Daniel Skinner, the comedian who has done quite a lot of comedy on the radio, and appeared in an episode of My Family. On Friday 17th December he staged a one-man comedy show at a sold out Stockport Plaza, where he entertained fans for a hilarious couple of hours.

Born in 1973, Angelos embarked on a career as a burger van owner and after winning the award for Best Mobile Caterer of the year, everything seemed to be going well for him until one of his brothers torched his van by a lake. This was the introduction Angelos gave to himself, as his brief life story of tragedy and farce was screened onstage using a projector and PowerPoint presentation.

Angelos is a character who inhabits the outer edges of society; he’s the man at the bus stop you hope doesn’t talk to you; he’s the weirdo in the supermarket who follows you around; to sum it up  he’s basically the guy you would never want to get stuck in a lift with. Continue reading

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Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club

Queen of Hearts, Fallowfield, Greater Manchester: 21st October 2010

Ever read a book and thought it was terrible? Well maybe you should send a copy to Robin Ince, the stand-up comedian who has created a unique comedy show centred upon bad books.

At the Queen of Hearts in the bustling student suburb of Fallowfield, Robin Ince staged his hilarious one-man comedy show, The Bad Book Club to a sold out audience. As a sports bar, the Queen of Hearts may seem an incongruous place to stage a night of alternative comedy, however with the flat-screen TVs turned off and the interior lighting set to dim, the old church was magically transformed from a sports bar into a comedy club style venue.

Bounding on stage with his arms gesticulating wildly and speaking what seemed like 600 words per minute, Ince hastily explained the premise of his Bad Book Club which goes something a little like this; Ince scours second-hand bookshops across the country searching for any inadvertently awful books he can find, which he then buys, reads and goes onto discuss with his audience. Continue reading

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Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club: Manchester Reading List

The Poplar Tree attended Robin Ince’s latest comedy show at the Queen of Hearts in Fallowfield, Greater Manchester yesterday and has reviewed the evening for the official Manchester Literature Festival blog. Once it goes ‘live’ on their site it’ll be posted up on here. In the meantime, click below on ‘keep reading’ to view some hilarious quotes from the night and the near-complete reading list of the crazy titles which Robin referred to, and quoted from throughout his show: Continue reading

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Adam Buxton: BUG at the Greenwich Comedy Festival 2010

Adam Buxton, the bearded half of comedy duo, Adam and Joe, made an appearance at last Sunday’s Greenwich Comedy Festival where he hosted BUG: The Evolution of the Music Video. The unique event was held in a Big Top at the Greenwich Naval College where some of Buxton’s favourite contemporary music videos were played to an audience of around 500 people. BUG was set up in 2007 to showcase the best talents in music video making and shows are regularly held at the British Film Institute (BFI). BUG features artists such as OK Go, Hold Your Horses, Radiohead, Grizzly Bear and animations by creators like Chris Salt and Cyriak. Continue reading

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How Much Food Can Adam Richman Eat?

Answer: Around 5lbs or 6½lbs depending on the composition of the food

Man vs Food which airs on the Travel Channel (US)  has turned dining out into a spectator event. The show follows its host Adam Richman on his travels around America, during which he visits some of the country’s most exuberant eateries and takes part in the most awesome and stomach-churning glut-fests ever known to man. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to eat a burger the size of your head, or a pizza the width of a tractor tyre, Adam Richman is the man to ask. In Season 1 he attempts the New Orleans 15 Dozen Oyster Challenge; that’s the equivalent of 180 oysters (which is in itself a challenge) but then you’ve also got to factor in a 60-minute time limit. Oysters are not to everyone’s taste, they’ve get a funny texture and look strange, (at least compared to say a chicken breast) yet remarkably Adam manages to complete the challenge in 21 minutes and becomes the 29th member of the Dozen Oyster Challenge ‘Wall of Fame’. Continue reading

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Frank Sidebottom’s Last Gig…

…was top, you know it was, it really was.

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An Attempted Book by Tim Key (and descriptions/conversations/a piece about a moth)

Tim Key won the Edinburgh Comedy Award at last year’s Fringe Festival and since then has made appearances on Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe reciting ‘good-bad’ poems about the news. Key’s poetry is deliberately ‘bad’ but also very good because it’s keenly observational. Continue reading

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