Friday, 28 November 2014

Festive cheer

Hello everyone..

We're back at The Victoria for our final gig of the year on December 4th and we've got headlining the delightful...


Star of BBC Radio 4 comedy Its a Fair Cop..

"Genuinely funny, sharp observational comedy." - Chortle

"...a talented comedian… very funny." - Broadway

"He’s a very funny man!" - Rhod Gilbert 

"His humble and polite approach breaks all policeman stereotypes, making him easy to relate to, and leaving the crowd wanting more." - Three Weeks

Support comes from Ben Briggs, Jay Handley & the annual visit of Brendan Higgins..

Doors 8pm, but do come early to guarantee a seat..


Friday, 24 October 2014


Ello dudes..

How are you's?
If you fancy a party on November 6th, come down ManillaRoad for our brilliant headliner


If you were here when she last played, you'll know how wonderful she is, if you weren't, you're in for a treat.. Have a read -

Mrs Barbara Nice, the suburban creation of Janice Connolly, is a warm and wonderful act ­ an enthusiastic, livewire force of nature it's hard not to love.

On a basic level, she's an affectionate, well-observed and underplayed caricature of a slightly frumpy post-menopausal Stockport housewife who inhabits a lower-middle-class world of Poundstretchers and Take A Break magazine. But it is an affectionate, joyous celebration of such mundanities. Mrs Nice is ordinary, and proud of it.

This persona helps her organise the audience with the authoritative but kindly air of a playgroup leader. Even if occasionally her audience participation verges on the patronising, no one creates an uplifting mood quite like our Barbara; with the real fun stemming from her audacious set pieces in which she cajoles the audience to take part in the latest hare-brained stunt.

Here the incongruity between her ridiculous actions and her 'ordinary' image are funny and endearing - simply because you would expect her character to be more at home at a mothers' coffee morning than, say, stagediving to Iggy Pop.

The fact that she's genuinely enjoying these guilty pleasures only adds to the audience fun. No wonder she's fast becoming a cult favourite.

She's got support from four excellent emerging acts..
Doors open 8pm.. Come early to guarantee a seat though..

MR x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

October y'all


Hope you's are all smashing..
We're doing that free comedy thing again on October 2nd and headlining is the wonderful


Seriously fiunny dude.. He'll make you's piss..
Have a read...

Will Franken. A brilliant and hilarious youngster with a penchant for psychedelic drugs. He fled his native Sedalia, Missouri, after receiving a Masters in Literature to seek his fame & fortune in NYC.Instead, he found bagels & the Mets. The Mets had fame & fortune already; but that wasn't enough for Franken, who wanted his own.

Franken's Big Apple existence was marked by highs and lows, from nailing a lucrative gig as the mascot of online library Questia, to teaching social studies and English at a middle school in Harlem. He was a fixture in New York’s Greenwich Village’s alternative theatre scene and spent his last years in that metropolis doing voiceover and on-camera work for such products as Heineken, Sprint, and Volkswagen.

Franken relocated to San Francisco. He established himself as a cult figure and, instead of making his fans and followers kill themselves, he elected to let them live and was consequently selected “Best Comedian” by SF Weekly and “Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. named him one of the Top 25 People to Watch Nationwide. His solo show Good Luck With It debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival to rave reviews by such local, small-town newspapers as the New York Times, and ran at San Francisco’s Marsh Theater, alongside other one-man opuses such as Grandpa! It's Not Fitting!, which subsequently had runs in Los Angeles and New York at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre. He's a prolific writer, always preferring to switch things up every chance he gets -- approaching comedy from a theatrical point of view instead of the tired, old. . .form. . 

'instead of delivering one-liners, Franken simply becomes these diverse characters, something that a generic standup would be hard-pressed to replicate' - San Francisco Herald

'glorious..' - Chortle

'Best alternative to psychedelic drugs' - San Francisco Bay Guardian

'It's more acting than standup, and no race, minority, nor pet cause is safe..' - Gelf Magazine

Full support from some excellent emerging acts..
Doors open 8pm but do come early for a seat, as they all go..

MR x

A brilliant and hilarious youngster with a penchant for psychedelic drugs, Franken (me) fled his native Sedalia, Missouri, after receiving a Masters in Literature (with a focus on Restoration and 18th Century British) to seek his (my) fame and fortune in New York City. Instead, he found bagels and the Mets. The Mets had fame and fortune already; but that wasn't enough for Franken, who wanted his own. - See more at:
A brilliant and hilarious youngster with a penchant for psychedelic drugs, Franken (me) fled his native Sedalia, Missouri, after receiving a Masters in Literature (with a focus on Restoration and 18th Century British) to seek his (my) fame and fortune in New York City. Instead, he found bagels and the Mets. The Mets had fame and fortune already; but that wasn't enough for Franken, who wanted his own. - See more at:

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

September 4th


Hope you're all smashing and fancy some more free comedy in September coz headlining, we've got the brilliant


Gary is another we've wanted to get in for a long time.. One-liner genius.. Almost made Jim fall off his chair at the Glee through laughter..
Gary Delaney is a razor sharp one-liner comedian, who is widely regarded  as being the most quotable comic on the circuit. The high quantity of stand out gags leaves the audience struggling to remember them all. He's been on your tv screens on Dave's One Night Stand, BBC's Mock The Week, Comedy Central's 'Comedy Blue' & Channel 4's 'Robert's Web'..
BBC Online described Delaney as "the man Jimmy Carr tries to be"

"Expect a cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns from this master of the one-liner, a craftsman to be ranked along with likes of Tim Vine and Milton Jones"
- The Guardian

 "unremittingly vicious comic Gary Delaney, master of the one-liner"
- The Scotsman

 "a hugely impressive collection of exquisitely crafted gags by one of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner"
- Chortle

Full support from some excellent emerging acts..
As per.. Doors 8pm.. FREE entry.. Do come early to guarantee a seat..

Sunday, 22 June 2014


Yo dudes, dudettes..
Hope you' are all smashing..

We're back doing free comedy at The Victoria on July 3rd with the most incredible headliner we've ever had, he's been all over your tv screen on Mock the Week, One Night Stand, Live at the Apollo, McIntyre's Roadshow and so on..


He's the rock n roll of comedy so expect your genitals to sweat, bring talc..

Since arriving in the UK, Tom Stade has steadily earned a reputation as one of the most original and exciting stand-up talents around. He instantly made a splash on the UK circuit with his magnetic stage presence, irrepressible charm and first class story-telling, and after years topping the bill and playing at international comedy festivals around the globe, he is now established as a leading touring act in his own right and finds himself well on the road to being a household name.

 'Comedy greatness' - Metro

'Sublime, original & hilarious' - Rhod Gilbert

'One of the best, stand-up elite' - Chortle

He's supported on the night by three excellent emerging acts..

Doors 8pm as usual but come early to guarantee a seat..

MR x

Friday, 30 May 2014


Hello you lovely people..
Thanks for coming down & having a smashing birthday with us last month..

On June 5th, we have the wonderfully unique


We both saw Ed at a gig in November & immediately wanted to book him, he near literally made us piss..

'Genius anti-comic Aczel is a superb pleasure to watch, and very much a cult in the making' - Time Out

'brilliantly funny..' - Steve Bennett

'you certainly won't see anyone else like him on this year's Fringe..' - Nione Meakin

 '...a masterclass..' - Chortle

'..ended up blowing Fanta out my nose. The most hilarious act around..' - Chortle

Ed will be supported by Dave Dinsdale and a 30min Edinburgh Fringe preview of the Bob Blackman Appreciation Society..

Doors open at 8pm dudes, come early to guarantee a seat though..


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Its our Birthday!!!


If you're coming ManillaRoad on May 1st, bloody good decision as we'll be two years old.. To celebrate we've an absolutely cracking lineup with headliner -


Old Speckled Hen Comedian Of The Year 2010 currently blazing a trail through the Northern comedy circuit with his brilliantly honed observational material dealing with all manner of topics ranging from childbirth to eat as much as you like buffet etiquette and taking in Back To The Future on his mirth-fuelled journey.

'Naturally hilarious, the highlight of the evening' - Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe 2013

'A generous helping of wonderfully witty comic observations about life's little quirks, relationships and human behaviour. Served by a Yorkshireman with relentless enthusiasm and boundless energy'

"fantastic... Brilliantly written material and wonderfully delivered" - Love Comedy

He'll be supported by Danny James Clives, Chris Chopping, Russ Mulligan & Graham Milton..

As always, doors open 8pm but come early to guarantee a seat..

MR x

Monday, 31 March 2014


How we all doin man? Hope its all good..

Fancy FREE comedy in April? O'course you do..
Well come and see...


Stuart is funny as ........ Cannot wait to see him at ManillaRoad..
Here's a wee blurb..

Stuart Black's comedy is intelligent, twisted, dark, and very funny. Exploring life's mysteries and frustrations using language to paint colourful and memorable images.

"Warm, engaging and dangerously funny." Rip it up Magazine, Adelaide
"The punchlines are enhanced by the fact you can almost never see them coming."
"he says things you won't have heard before in an interesting, witty way, with lashings of aloof attitude."

Also got Chris Richmond, Karen Bayley, Pat Draper & Dave Pollard..

As usual, doors 8pm, FREE entry but come early to guarantee a seat..

MR x

Tuesday, 25 February 2014


Hope you's are all grand..
We got more free comedy coming on March 6th with a badass headliner again in -


Winner of the 2010 Homegrown Comedy Competition
Winner of the 2012 COCA Comedian of the Year
Nominated as Best Taped Performance 2013 Canadian Comedy Awards

John has been performing standup since 2006. In 2012, John moved to London England which gave him the opportunity to be featured on BBC radio 4, as a comedy correspondent and be selected to appear in the Comedy Reserve Showcase at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in 2013.

We've been trying to get him since August 2012, you're in for a treat..

Also on are Jack Campbell, James Cook, Jo Coffey & Dave Tomlinson..

As per, doors 8pm but get in early to guarantee a seat..
Peace x

Monday, 3 February 2014


Dammit we've missed you lot..

Hope you's are all grand

ManillaRoad is back on 5th February (yes, a Wednesday) with an ace lineup of -


Ian Crawford

Ian brings his health and safety techniques whilst using cutlery, really funny dude.. And deadly forking serious..

Also on the bill are -

Darren Harriott, Matt Richards, Annette Fagon & Andy Robinson..

As per, doors open 8pm..

See you soon...

Thursday, 2 January 2014


Dearest dudes & dudettes..

Happy new year to y'all..
Big thankyou for all your support in 2013..
Comedy at The Vic just wouldn't work without you lot..

See you's on Feb 5th..

MR x