About us

We’re a multi-award winning comedy night on Tuesdays at The Bread ShedGrosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HL.

We’re a bunch of comedy geeks who have been running a weekly comedy night since 1997 just for the hell of it. We all have full-time jobs outside of the club, but we run XS Malarkey because we enjoy watching live comedy. You could say we’re a bit obsessed.

We’re dedicated to maintaining grassroots comedy, top notch headline acts, and a not-for-profit ethos. If you’re a member, it costs just £3, but it’s still only a fiver if you’re a ‘normal’ person too.


Tuesday 20th March – Sean McLoughlin

“A smart and bold comic, offering a brutally realistic, downbeat take on the world and his own place in it, conveyed with spirit and a dark-edged wit” – Chortle

“One brilliant punchline after another” – The List

Tuesday 27th March – Glenn Moore

As seen on Mock The Week, and heard as a presenter on the Absolute Radio Breakfast Show.

“Glenn Moore is tipped for great things” – GQ

“Relentlessly silly and gag-laden – a potential comedy great” – The List

Tuesday 3rd April – Headliner TBC

More details soon!

Tuesday 10th April – George Egg

“Brilliantly funny” – The Observer

Sellout shows at the 2017 Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe Festivals

George Egg

Tuesday 17th April – Elf Lyons

“A fast talking, smart-thinking standup for whom the adjective “kooky” could have been invented for.” – The Guardian

“Hugely entertaining – and rather insane.” – The Skinny

Elf Lyons

Tuesday 24th April – Mike Newall

“Storytelling comes easy and the laughs are sharp…off-beat surreal and clever observations” – The Edinburgh Reporter

“Well-crafted jokes, great call-backs and a wonderfully dry delivery” – Three Weeks

Mike Newall


 More shows coming up in 2018 – tickets on sale very soon…

1st May – Matt Green
8th May – Paul Currie
15th May – Stephen Carlin
22nd May – Jordan Brookes
29th May – Jenny Collier

…and more to come!

We’re a not-for-profit comedy club, hosted every week by Toby Hadokeand eagerly maintained by a group of minions who do his bidding on a regular basis.

Despite the low door price, we put on shows with professional comedians and rising stars of the comedy circuit, also giving newcomers a chance to practise their material in front of a supportive and quite frankly fantastic audience, many of whom are just as obsessed with comedy as we are. We feed our audience’s comedy obsession by running a membership scheme charging a ludicrously cheap £3 per ticket. We don’t do group discounts, because to be honest – we’re cheap enough already!

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