Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SURREAL COMEDY WILL FIT THE BILL ; 168 HOURS WHAT NOT TO MISS OVER THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS BY SARAH WALTERS 0161 211 2495 Sarah Walters@citylife.Co.UK @SARAHCITYLIFE

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SURREAL COMEDY WILL FIT THE BILL ; 168 HOURS WHAT NOT TO MISS OVER THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS BY SARAH WALTERS 0161 211 2495 Sarah Walters@citylife.Co.UK @SARAHCITYLIFE

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SURELY the success of comics like Eddie Izzard and Bill Bailey - both arena level comics while the current clutch of panel show stars were still cutting their teeth in comedy clubs - proves that we really are a nation drawn towards weirdness.

Both share a surrealist sense of humour that often ends in metaphysical musings on life in space or intellectual animals, and both occupy a misunderstood niche of their own: Izzard's all flamboyant fashion and fairytale-style delivery, Bailey's a protective cocoon for the sci-fi nerds and muso geeks.

The key difference with Bailey, of course, has been his accessibility (not least on a physical level - unlike Izzard, he has toured relentlessly since making comedy his career, particularly since the Noughties).

While his tall tales are never far from wandering down a bizarre blind alley - the laugh often earned from the unimaginably incongruous way his jokes end - Bailey has made musical comedy his signature with lyrics that people love to learn. …

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