A BUDDING comedian, who created a monthly event to give the people of Bolton free comedy, is taking his show around the North West.

Adam Anwar, 31, started doing stand-up a year ago and won Frog and Bucket's Beat the Frog competition on his first night on the scene.

Since then he has performed up and down the country and even taken his stand-up routine abroad.

In March, Adam launched 'The Comedy Lofthouse' at Nelson Square pub and microbrewery Northern Monkey.

He comperes the shows, which feature a number of comedians with a variety of different of styles.

Adam said: "I wanted to give people something else to do in the town and what's better than a night of free, live comedy.

"It also gives up and coming comedians a chance to get stage time and perform for a new audience.

"The shows are a bit of a buffet approach. You may not enjoy everyone but there’ll always be two or three you enjoy.

"We've had an Australian comedian, a Canadian and a Lithuanian. We've also featured some disabled comedians and we're about giving everyone a platform.

"I enjoy compering as well because it allows me to engage with the audience a bit more."

Due to the success of the Bolton shows, Adam and his business partner Matt Downey have since taken The Comedy Lofthouse to Hindley, Bamber Bridge and Accrington.

"Hindley was just a friend telling people at the bar about the success we've been having," he added.

"We did a trial night and more than 90 people packed into a small pub, so that's monthly now.

"The venue in Bamber Bridge actually heard about us and asked us to come down. Then Accrington we did a first one recently which was decent and we have the second on Monday so we'll see how that goes."

The Comedy Lofthouse will return to Northern Monkey Brew Co on Thursday September 19. It will also be at The Arden Inn, Accrington on August 26, Formby's, Hindley on August 29, and Brig N Barrel, Bamber Bridge on August 31.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TheComedyLofthouse.