Murder Inc. Presents – Die School Reunion

We’ve seen the sign above the bar a few times. An improvised comedy murder mystery. Sure, the first bit and the second bit make sense, but what will they look like when they’re mashed together?

This is Murder Inc., who bring their combo of quick wit and sudden death to The Ape & Apple twice a month. The place is packed. We’re about to see why. Read More

Ad Dougie Douglas: Happy Birthday Clarky!

It’s a Friday night in the middle of summer, it’s wet, it’s windy, it’s Manchester. We’d expect nothing less! Luckily tonight’s entertainment was on round the corner at the Kings Arms in Salford. We’d left the warmth of our flat to brave the elements to see the debut show for one of our favourite acts of 2016 – Ad Dougie Douglas. His debut show ‘Happy Birthday Clarky!’ was running over 2 nights as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe. This was third time seeing ‘Dougie’ having previously seen him at the Comedy Balloon and in the surreal surroundings of Sham Bodie. Read More

The Sham Bodie stage

Sham Bodie 35 @ Soup Kitchen

We’ve been looking forward to this one. This is Sham Bodie, one of the best nights in Manchester and tonight’s bill is a cracker.

The Northern Quarter’s Soup Kitchen is probably better known for eclectic music, vegan Sunday roasts and the sort of club night that the doormen would tell us is ‘not really your scene’, but tonight is all about comedy. Read More

Chortle Student Comedy Awards - Manchester Heat

Chortle Student Comedy Award – Manchester Heats

Shit, we’re old.

We didn’t think we were, but it turns out we are. Okay, not exactly, but in comparison to the entrants at this Chortle Student Comedy Award heat, we might as well have arrived on a couple of penny-farthings.

We’re sipping a non-alcoholic beverage in the basement of Koh Tao in Fallowfield, eager to find out if the next Lloyd Langford, Joe Lycett or Jamali Maddix is about to take to the stage. Read More

leicester comedy festival

Leicester Comedy Festival 2017

Before Leicester dug up dead kings and was (temporarily) decent at football, it had to try and attract anyone it possibly could to the city.

So, 23-years-ago the Leicester Comedy Festival was born. Now it’s the biggest outside of Scotland with over 800 shows over the 19 days.

Cup of Beans ventured down to the Midlands (no it’s not the south) for a Friday and Saturday of hilarity.

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The Bridge Street Irregulars performing

The Bridge Street Irregulars @ Gullivers NQ

We’re crammed into in the back room at Gullivers, one of the many fun places to drink along Oldham Street, and there’s free cake. That’s not why we’re here though. We’re awaiting the arrival of Impro Quo improv troupe The Bridge Street Irregulars.

There’s an element of unpredictability to any comedy night and that’s never truer than with improv. Luckily, it looks like we’re in good hands. Read More

Gary Delaney @ Trapdoor Comedy Club

There was a harsh wind blowing as we made the short trip across town to The Old Monkey pub, located on Portland street. A great ‘proper pub’ with a decent selection of beers and the added bonus of being one of the few places in the city centre you can get a pint of IPA for under £3!

The conditions may have been unkind, but ever the faith endures, comedy, my comedy! This was our first outing of 2017, taking in the delights of the Trapdoor Comedy Club. Read More

A Christmassy Comedy Balloon stage

A Comedy Balloon Christmas

Ah, Comedy Balloon. The show where we first introduced ourselves to anyone as Cup of Beans, before staring awkwardly into our pints because we hadn’t written anything yet.

Indeed, we didn’t actually write anything about that night, a fact that organiser Jason is quick to remind us of. Time to put that right. Read More