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Liverpool is having something of a resurgence of quality comedy night, from Four Candles, Laugh In The Loaf and Hot Water comedy club, plus regular touring comedy shows at the likes of The Philharmonic Hall, Unity Theatre and Epstein Theatre.

No doubt there’s a tortured link between our economic woes and a desire to be amused, but we’re just going to stick to rounding up four comedy shows we think you’ll like this week.

From Edinburgh previews, some familiar faces on the local scene and some star power from Reg D. Hunter there’s an act for every taste – and wallet.

Phil Ellis: Unplanned Orphan

Laugh In The Loaf kicked off it’s fortnightly Edinburgh previews last month with the wry, dry Chris Stokes and follows up with the surreal Phil Ellis.

Following the end of a relationship, a redundancy and finding himself sharing a house in Manchester at the age of 30, he then found out he was adopted. Despite the trauma, Phil was able to finally answer the question as to why he was a foot taller than the rest of his family.

Share in the ups and downs of one of the funniest people who’ll be in Edinburgh this year.

Edinburgh Preview – Phil Ellis: Unplanned Orphan
8pm, Thursday 13 June
Fly In The Loaf

Reginald D Hunter: In the Midst of Crackers

What, no Niggas? Hopefully Reg’s overblown run-in with the PFA hasn’t tempered his ability to delve into controversial territory, with high-concept musings on race, culture clashes and relationships. While it’s unlikely to always comedic, Hunter’s shows are always engaging, charming and thoughtful

Judging by last year’s showing at Edinburgh, Hunter has further developed a gravitas on stage that makes his delivery almost theatrical, but with dick jokes.

The media mock shock over comments on football likely means a sell-out tour so get your tickets now.

Reginald D Hunter: In the Midst of Crackers
8pm, Friday 14 June
The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Hot Water Comedy Club: Boiling Point

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MC and ginger king of comedy Paul Smith pulls out his own packet of three with a great line-up that include Doctor Who uberfan and Manchester comedy club XS Malarkey founder Toby Hadoke (right).

Also on are the cerebral Sam Gore and the utterly childish Howard Read, the latter known to children from the excellent Little Howard’s Big Question on CBBC. Don’t worry, though, he’s more than suitable for grown-ups too.

Hot Water Comedy Club: Boiling Point
8pm, Saturday 15 June
The Crown Hotel Pub

Four Candles

Toby Hadoke (again), Liverpool favourite Ste Porter and resident humourist Sam Avery. Porter’s observations of Liverpool life are sure to go down well on home turf, while compere Avery is renowned for his ability to engage with any audience.

The ambiance at Four Candles allows acts to breathe and deliver their sets without fear of heckles or abuse, so if you’re put off by boorish crowds, Four Candles is for you.

Four Candles
House
9pm, Saturday 15 June