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What is XS Malarkey?

XS Malarkey is the multi-award winning comedy night, at The Pub/Zoo, Grosvenor Street, Manchester.

We are dedicated to maintaining grassroots comedy, top notch headline acts, and a not-for-profit ethos, in a venue which has a wide variety of drinks and fantastic food (see food menu here).

What’s the damage, guvnor?

Entrance is just £3 if you have a Malarkey Card, or £5 if you don’t. A Malarkey Card costs £8 (that includes entrance on the night) – and the card lasts for life, too.

What about the comedy?

Acts who have appeared at XS Malarkey over the years have included Stewart Lee, Phill Jupitus, Jason Manford, Jimmy Carr, Richard Herring, The Boy with Tape on his Face, John Bishop, Alan Carr, Josie Long, Peter Kay, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard, Gary Delaney, Sam Simmons, John Kearns and Jack Whitehall.

Plus some of the best up and coming comedians from around the country, and local new talent as well.

Is it any good?

Well, our combination of low entry fee and popularity with quality acts means we’ve won the Chortle Award for Best Comedy Club more times than anyone else, and two out of three of the North West Comedy Awards for Best Club.

And here’s what Her Majesty’s Press have to say:

“Arguably Manchester’s best regular comedy club” – Giggle Beats

“XS Malarkey’s non-profit ethos, and commitment to supporting both the absolute beginners and rising stars of the circuit, and allowing them to share the stage with heavy hitters and experienced acts is still the top of the agenda here, in firm opposition to the money-making focus of many of its rivals…a night that loves its audience just as much as the acts they present” – The Skinny ★★★★ 

“Best bargain night out in Manchester . Five top comics for a laughable entry fee” The Guardian Guide To Manchester

“The best comedy club in the country is also one of the cheapest” – BBCi

“The most accessible comedy night in Manchester .” – The Metro

“Highly recommended – a strong tradition of pulling off pretty incredible bookings” – Time Out

“This is comedy heaven – the audience is here to have fun rather than waste time making open mic spots uncomfortable. A rare treat.” – Belinda Hanks, Manchester Evening News

“This thoroughly fine comedy club goes from strength to strength – and is still a bargain.” – Kevin Bourke, Manchester Evening News


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