29 June – 16 July 2017

Machynlleth Comes to Manchester

This summer, we’re bringing a little bit of West Wales to Manchester as the Machynlleth Comedy Festival decamps for a weekend at MIF.

Every spring, 6,000 people descend on the tiny Welsh town of Machynlleth (population: 2,235) for one of Europe’s most delightful and unusual comedy events. The small but perfectly formed Machynlleth Comedy Festival encourages comics to experiment and have fun with their material in some very intimate venues, with shows staged everywhere from the local bowling club to the ancient Welsh parliament building.

In the spirit of Machynlleth, we’ve invited the likes of Mark Watson, Sara Pascoe and Tony Law for a series of special shows at two tiny Manchester venues, joined by some of the country’s best young comics…


Fri 7 July

Max and Ivan Our Story
Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees bring their immensely inventive and deliciously silly character comedy to Machynlleth’s opening night at 53two.
53two, Fri 7 July at 7pm

Emma Sidi Telenovela
An extremely welcome return. Two years after she starred in The Crocodile at MIF15, Emma Sidi returns with her Edinburgh sell-out show Telenovela – passionate, obsessive and revengeful character comedy.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Fri 7 July at 7pm

Mark Watson SOLD OUT
A rare chance to catch one of the country’s most joyously original stand-ups in an intimate club setting. Book early…
53two, Fri 7 July at 9pm

Birthday Girls Sh!t Hot Party Legends
AKA Beattie Edmondson, Rose Johnson and Camille Ucan, Birthday Girls might be the most uproariously funny sketch comedy troupe around today.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Fri 7 July at 9pm


Sat 8 July

Tim Key SOLD OUT
Fresh from a leading role in Art at London’s Old Vic, the laconic, quietly absurdist and Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning poet and stand-up returns to the Festival two years after his star turn at MIF15’s The Invisible Dot Cabaret.
53two, Sat 8 July at 5pm

Brian Gittins Don’t Feed the Monkey Man
Described by Ricky Gervais as ‘one of the best comedy characters of the decade’, David Earl’s inglorious failure continues his lonely trudge to the top of the comedy tree.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Sat 8 July at 5pm

Tony Law
Predictably unpredictable and stupendously surreal, there’s no one on the comedy circuit quite like the delirious Canadian.
53two, Sat 8 July at 7pm

Kiri Pritchard-McLean Appropriate Adult
Sharp, smart and extremely funny, the Manchester-based stand-up follows a successful tour of her 2016 Edinburgh hit Hysterical Woman with this special Festival show.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Sat 8 July at 7pm

Mark Watson SOLD OUT
A second and final chance to catch the fabulous Mark Watson in the cosy confines of 53two – exclusively at MIF17.
53two, Sat 8 July at 9pm

Gein’s Family Giftshop Volume 3
Piercingly dark and blackly hilarious sketch comedy from the Manchester quartet of Edward Easton, Kath Hughes, James Meehan and Kiri Pritchard-McLean.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Sat 8 July at 9pm


Sun 9 July

Mark Thomas Predictable SOLD OUT
A show that literally gambles on the future. One of the most provocative and powerful voices in British comedy sets out to predict the future by asking the audience what they think is going to happen next…
53two, Sun 9 July at 5pm

Alun Cochrane Alunish Cochranish
As heard every week on Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio show, and as seen everywhere from Corrie to Have I Got News for You – a master storyteller with an eye for the absurd.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Sun 9 July at 5pm

Sara Pascoe LADSLADSLADS SOLD OUT
Hot on the heels of her first book Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body and her sell-out tour of the same name, the wonderful Sara Pascoe returns to the Festival two years after packing the Pavilion Theatre at MIF15.
53two, Sun 9 July at 7pm

Brennan Reece Everlong
Best Newcomer nominee at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and recent winner of the English Comedian of the Year Award, the Tameside native comes home for the final show of Machynlleth Comes to Manchester.
International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Sun 9 July at 7pm

Produced by Manchester International Festival. In association with Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Photo: Machynlleth in May
© Ed Moore