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Manchester gets its own afternoon comedy club

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Stand-up Andrew Ryan is to launch an afternoon comedy club in Manchester.

Ryan is to host a part-variety, part-chat show. show called The Sunday Service every first Sunday at The Comedy Store on Deansgate.

Explaining the idea behind the show, Ryan told the Manchester Evening News: “I stopped drinking just over a year ago, and I was so bored on a Sunday! So many friends were not busy on a Sunday afternoon, but restricted by work and kids in the evening.

“Comedy is always associated with the evening, and Sunday afternoons are about shopping, being hung over, having a Sunday roast, lying in front of the football – then there’s the evening of watching TV or going to the cinema.

“So I decided I’d love to do a comedy show in the afternoon and rang Paul at The Comedy Store. He thought it was a brilliant idea but it’s never been tried before, so we don’t know if it’ll actually work!”

The first show will take place on Sunday 2 November, when Ryan welcomes stand-ups John Lynn and Hayley Ellis, plus singer and musician Danny Blockley.

The December line-up has also been confirmed, with 2014 Best Newcomer nominee Gein’s Family Giftshop, Sofie Hagen and musician Matt Hamer due to appear.

Ryan added: “In Edinburgh, there’s so many gigs in the day – and I had that in mind when I was thinking, ‘Would people watch comedy in the day?’.

“When you do comedy you can’t really have any fear. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out; I’ve tried new jokes that don’t work, but you have to try.”

The Comedy Store, Deansgate, Manchester, 2 November, 4pm, £5,

  • Peter Dixon

    Fantastic idea. Well done Andrew. Nothing better than going to a matinee show and it opens up the rest of the day for all sorts of other stuff too. And folks from outside the area can travel in and get back before the last bus and all that. Hope it’s a great success.