mancunian magic with stand-up smug

Smug Roberts
Smug Roberts

Stagefright Comedy Club returns to The Fishpond in Matlock Bath, on Wednesday, April 16, with an evening of laughter lined up for stand-up fans.

On the bill will be Smug Roberts, Andrew McBurney, Damien Ryan, Danny Clives and regular compere Anthony J Brown.

Smug Roberts, who played Peter Kay’s brother in Phoenix Nights, and also appeared in Ken Loach’s film Looking For Eric is a venerated veteran of the British comedy circuit.

He’s a headline act all over the UK, is regarded as something of a cult hero in his native Manchester and is a man with genuinely funny bones, able to provoke peals of laughter from a quirky colloquialism or a nonplussed expression, but it is the sheer imagination of his storytelling where he really shines.

Anecdotes from his home life as a cuckolded house husband with two teenage kids on hormonal rampage are laced with brilliant punchlines and surreal tangents, including the welcome appearance of a talking dog.

He’s also had a minor chart hit with Meat Pie Sausage Roll, a song that began its life as a comedy routine by Smug on local radio and made it to the heady heights of number 67 in June 1998.

Andrew McBurney, whose act has been described as ‘comedy as therapy’ is a multi-award winner whose comedy has a pathos-laden twist.

Also on the bill be Damien Ryan and Danny Clives, plus regular compere Anthony J Brown.

Clad in a sartorially edifying manner, like a dapper and dandy funeral director, Anthony cuts a unique on-stage presence with humour blacker than a raven that’s slammed it’s claw in a coffin lid.

The Fishpond is based on South Parade in Matlock Bath and doors open at 7pm for an 8pm start.

Admission is £6 in advance or £8 on door. Call 01629 581 529 for advance tickets for the show.