Manchester venue The Frog and Bucket has been chosen to produce a pilot live comedy show on Wednesday 29th July ahead of other venues opening on Saturday 1st August.
The evening will be a showcase and fundraiser for the Women in Comedy Festival with a fantastic all-female line consisting of Shazia Mirza, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Barbara Nice and Ola Labib.
Jessica Toomey, the director of The Frog and Bucket, said, “I’m honoured that I’ve been entrusted with the pilot and the opportunity to prove how safely stand up comedy can be offered indoors. It’s also very exciting to fire up the stage lights again after being closed for over four months and witness our audience having a good laugh following what has been, quite frankly, a shocking few months.”
The Frog and Bucket has been at the forefront of the #savelivecomedy campaign. A recent survey conducted by the Live Comedy Association, who led the #savelivecomedy campaign, indicated that a third of all live venues felt they would be forced to close in the next six months, rising to three quarters in the next year.
The Women in Comedy Festival runs every year in October and we at Funny Women have enjoyed attending it and being a part of it! This year’s festival will be the eighth celebration of women, and those who identify as women, in comedy. Originally founded by Dulcet Sounds’ Hazel O’Keefe, Toomey and the Frog and Bucket have been on board since 2018.
If you want to be a part of the new normal for live comedy, then book your ticket here!