MM’s top five… music, drama and comedy open mic nights across Manchester

By Henry Vaughan

If you’re sick of the never ending stream of TV talent shows, get off the sofa and head out to one of MM’s top five open mic nights.

Discover some new talent, come up with your own cutting comments, or if you’ve got the skills and the bottle, put yourself in the firing line and show Manchester what you’ve got.

King Gong, Comedy Store, Deansgate Locks

Think you’re funny? On the first Sunday of every month the Comedy Store gives you the chance to try out your gags on a raucous live audience.

You’ll need balls of steel for this one as you try to get through five minutes of material without getting gonged off the stage. The crowd pick the eventual winner who is crowned ‘King Gong’ for the next month.

Arrive before 7pm or register here to have a go.

Trof, Fallowfield

This gem in the heart of Manchester’s student epicentre serves up some great food and beer, is always popular, and runs its legendary open mic night every Tuesday.

A mixed bag of covers and original material, everyone is encouraged to show off their talent in this supportive atmosphere.

This place gets busy, so arrive early to guarantee a spot.

Lass O’ Gowrie, Charles Street

With the impressive title ‘2012 Supreme Champion Pub of Britain’ the Lass is famous for its pies, ale and diverse entertainment.

Regularly putting on comedy, drama, music and sport, this pub is well worth a visit any night of the week.

Head down Wednesdays for a showcase of some of Manchester’s finest musicians – from the complete novice to hardened gigging veterans.

Comedy Balloon, Ape and Apple, John Dalton Street

Listed in the good beer guide, this traditional pub in the heart of the city hosts Manchester’s oldest free comedy venue.

Every Wednesday, this night is dedicated to promoting new talent through open mic spots.

With a friendly atmosphere to encourage fresh talent, new acts do ten minute spots, with a headline comic and different compere each week making this free night well worth a visit.

Acts are booked in advance, click here for more details.

Blue Monday, Blue Cat Café, Stockport

Open mic night every Monday at this friendly music, comedy and poetry venue that has previously played host to guest artists including Haven, Tom Hingley (ex-inspiral carpets) and Electric Six.

No classics butchered here – artists usually do a few songs of original material.

Hosted by guest comperes, this is a welcoming, laid-back night with a receptive crowd – arrive by 8pm to sign up at the bar.

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