Who are you?
Liam White and Shaun Lowthian. There’s an uninspired name for a crime fighting duo.
We’re two Manchester-based comics looking for something to keep us off the streets for an hour.
What’s your show about?
Shaun: It’s a stand-up and sketch show, and a comedy play. To be honest it’s a bit of everything.
Liam: Loosely we’ll be looking at some of the quirkier elements of the radio as an entertainment form. Don’t worry; it’s better than it sounds! We always wanted to write something together, and used the idea of a radio show as a platform for writing. I know I haven’t put my real name in the writing credits. That’s not cause I don’t think it’s good enough, it’s just that I’m still under the Witness Protection Programme. If it said ‘by Shaun Lowthian and Matt Black’, well, we might have a few unsavoury types in the audience. Actually, you might want to cut that last bit out.
S: There are lots of political and cynical comedy out there at the moment. And while that has definitely got a place, we wanted this show to be as fun as possible…for the audience at least – we’ll be bricking it! We probably shouldn’t say that actually….let’s go for something more positive: it’s definitely going to be special and it will change your life immeasurably.
L: …for the better?
S: Yes, but we will still be bricking it
Is this the first time you’ve played in Manchester?
S: Well we’re both born-and-bred Boddingtons-and-whippets Mancunians, so this is really a hometown gig. Manchester saw the world premiere of this show back in the brilliant Not Part Of Festival in June.
L: World premiere might be overselling it a bit…
S: Yea, you’re right. I’ll fix that: Manchester saw the Manchester premiere of this show back in the brilliant Not Part Of Festival in June.
L: That’s better. Seriously though, Manchester is great city for comedy so it’s always exciting to be a part of that.
How long have you been doing comedy?
S: About 4 years in total. We met for the first time performing improvised comedy at Uni in Sheffield. Since then, and in between a couple of improvised Edinburgh shows, we’ve been keeping busy writing this show and vainly pursuing radio slots, which is where that thread to the show comes from.
L: If anyone has a spare station they could let us loose on, let us know.
S: Shameless. But seriously, if anyone does have a spare radio station…
What are the 3 funniest words in the English language?
S: I’ve always had a soft spot for bombastic.
L: There’s no need to be so “(adjective – of speech writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated or pretentious”
S: Put the dictionary away. If we were being really clever we could just answer with the title of our show
L: Except that’s 4 words
S: Is this like wishes, where the first thing you do is wish for more wishes? So we could just wish for more words?
Anything else you want to add?
S: Just some bare-faced bribery, we’ll be giving away some heinous bad prizes with have been ethically and locally sourced
L: …from local charity shops. If that’s not a reason to come I don’t know what is.
S: And “Large Manchester” gave us a 5 star review for the show when they saw it.
L: We also won the Forever Manchester Award (Not Part Of Festival, 2011)
Show starts at 8:15PM 17Th October 2011 and is approximately 1 hour long.
Tickets are £5.
Shows in Apotheca are part of the 2011 Manchester Comedy Festival.
Apotheca Bar: 17 Thomas Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1FS Venue Website