Comedy clubs are not usually my thing, but we were having a send-off for a close friend moving to Canada in two days and she adores them. So here we are at the Frog and Bucket in Manchester for the first time.
The venue itself is brilliant. There is a ground floor of tables around the stage and an upper level balcony with tables and booths looking down onto the stage. We were seated upstairs on the balcony and it offered us a lovely private area to catch up in between the acts. We had pre-ordered food, pizza, before the show even though you could order all throughout the night and it was very tasty. The menu is pretty limited – pizza or burgers – but for a small, intimate comedy venue it works well. The drinks were also reasonably priced with a good varied menu including cocktails. The stage is small, just enough room for the comedian, but it all adds to the atmosphere of the place.
Now, the comedy. While I did find some jokes funny, overall I wasn’t blown away by the talent we saw. The compere was also just ok in my opinion. Previously I have been the comedy club in Manchester where the compere was excellent (better than some of the acts actually!) and sadly this just did not compare. The first two comedians of the night were amusing, particularly the second comedian, but the final act I didn’t find particularly funny and most of his jokes were about sex. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude, but for me I want a comedian to make me laugh with quick wit and observations, like Bill Bailey, not just about wanting to bang someone.
Obviously, the comedians change regularly and I would definitely visit this place again as I though the set up was great, even if on the night the acts didn’t live up to expectations.