Comedy Night Review: Paul Sinha at Pride in Trafford

Standup comedy night Laugh Riot made an appearance at the Waterside Arts Centre as part of the week-long Pride in Trafford festival which explores and celebrates identity and LGBT+ life locally and beyond.

Comedian Paul Sinha was born in the UK to Bengali parents. Whilst studying medicine in the 1990s, Paul took his first steps on the stand-up comedy circuit.

He pursued both careers and at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, he earned a nomination for the highest accolade in live comedy, the Edinburgh Comedy Award.

Shortly after his nomination, Paul became a full-time comedian.

He is a familiar voice on radio and television including programmes such as QI and Would I Lie to You? and is a competitor on Taskmaster.

Paul is also one of the UK’s finest quizzers and this has led to another concurrent career as a general knowledge expert on the award-winning ITV quiz show, The Chase.

Paul is currently the fourth-best quizzer in the UK and his husband, Oliver, is the eleventh. Out of all the chasers, he has the worst nickname – the Sinha-man – but he is definitely the best at reciting the periodic table whilst hula-hooping.

The review

This was my first night out in over a year- the event was live but there was also an at-home live stream recording.

There were robust measures in place to reassure people regarding Covid safety, including mandatory use of face masks (unless exempt), staggered arrival times, a one-way system, and reduced audience capacity.

The MC was Kerry Leigh and she introduced the best in alternative comedy – Josh Jones, Jessica Fostekew, and Paul.

It was also the first night out for the performers for over a year and there were some nerves. Most of the performers had notes written on the backs of their hands.

It was a fun night of LGBT+ humour, but it was also just great to be out and about and was an all-around fantastic experience!

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Tony Openshaw
Tony is one of our Manchester reporters, you can read all about him on our Meet the Team page.


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