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 February – Ahir Shah

“One of his generation’s most eloquent comic voices.” – The Telegraph

“Fiendishly clever and furious.”  – The Times

Ahir Shah

Tuesday 27th February – John-Luke Roberts

“This is alternative comedy close to its pinnacle” – Chortle

“A consistently hilarious hour of measured madness” – The List

John-Luke Roberts

Tuesday 6th March – Keith Carter as Stacy Silcox

“A character comedian of rare skill” – The Guardian

“Surely this man will have a sitcom in a few years time” – Metro

Keith Carter

Tuesday 13th March – Phil Lucas

“Mr Lucas is wonderfully funny. Our new favourite thing” – The Huffington Post

“He’s like Harry Hill with PowerPoint, a stream of silly non-sequiturs coming from his mouth while extra gags pop up on screen, giving twice the jokes for your money” – Chortle

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


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

3rd April – TBC
10th April – George Egg
17th April – Elf Lyons
24th April – Mike Newall
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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