Sea­son of comics com­ing to arena

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ISIS ter­ror­ist at­tacks and child groom­ing are sub­jects that can di­vide our com­mu­ni­ties, rais­ing ques­tions of whether they are suit­able stand-up ma­te­rial.

If the re­ac­tion of the sold-out au­di­ence, that fully rep­re­sented our bor­ough’s di­verse com­mu­ni­ties, is any­thing to go by, then laugh­ing to­gether about the ab­sur­dity of the ac­tions of a mi­nor­ity of peo­ple can be both de­mys­ti­fy­ing and cathar­tic.

Ta­j­paul Singh Paul Chowdhry is a Lon­don­born co­me­dian and ac­tor who be­gan his stand up ca­reer in 1998.

At Mid­dle­ton Arena he lived up to his in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for con­stantly chal­leng­ing au­di­ences with his highly charged, dry, ob­ser­va­tional hu­mour that taps into the mul­ti­cul­tural di­ver­sity of con­tem­po­rary Bri­tain.

He ex­pertly and of­ten hi­lar­i­ously shone a pierc­ing light on some of the atroc­i­ties that have re­cently filled broad­cast, print and so­cial me­dia.

His Live In­nit tour con­tin­ues un­til June 15 2018, with more dates to be added.

He will be ap­pear­ing in venues across Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales, in­clud­ing St Ge­orge’s Hall, Liver­pool, City Va­ri­eties Leeds, Ham­mer­smith Apollo and Wem­b­ley Arena.

You can catch this thor­oughly en­gag­ing co­me­dian at the top of his game lo­cally at Dance House Manchester on Oc­to­ber 14 or Novem­ber 4 and in 2018 at Manchester Apollo on March 22.

Mid­dle­ton Arena’s Comedy Sea­son will con­tinue on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 3, with the al­ready sold-out Ja­son Man­ford, Work in Progress show, a warmup for his forth­com­ing tour in 2018. Tick­ets are still avail­able for:

Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, when Si­mon Bod­kin’s al­ter ego, Lee Nel­son, in shell suit and bling, will be per­form­ing on his Se­ri­ous Joker Tour. Due to huge demand, Lee’s brand-new, ‘best ever’ stand-up show has been ex­tended to in­clude this gig. Tick­ets £22.

Mon­day, Novem­ber 20, when Dara O’Brien, and the mas­ter of ob­ser­va­tional comedy, Ed Byrne, will de­liver Spoiler Alert. Tick­ets £26.40.

Fri­day, Novem­ber 24, for the wel­come re­turn of stand-up co­me­dian, comedy ac­tor and scriptwriter Dave Spikey with Jug­gling On A Mo­tor­bike. The Phoenix Nights star will be look­ing back on his in­cred­i­ble jour­ney from work­ing class lad to chief bio­med­i­cal sci­en­tist to much-loved comedy per­former in Eight out of 10 Cats, Bulls­eye, The Royal Va­ri­ety Show, Parkin­son and many more. Tick­ets £19.80.

Tick­ets avail­able from www.mid­dle­t­onarena. com, www.seet­ick­ets. com, 0300 303 8633 or in per­son at Hey­wood Civic Cen­tre.

Paul Chowdhry

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