It might seem a little like getting married in the office – but stand-up John Cooper is to tie the knot on stage at the Manchester Comedy Store on Sunday.
Fellow comic Jonathan Mayor will officiate as Cooper weds Brainne Edge, manager of the city’s improv troupe ComedySportz. The pair met six years ago when Cooper joined the group’s workshops – although they admit they ‘couldn’t stand each other’ at first.
‘The Comedy Store means so much to us both,’ said Brainne. ‘It's pretty much where we met. The staff are amazing and the venue itself is just gorgeous, it made total sense to us to get married here.’
The pair are completing the legal paperwork today, as they could not get a marriage licence for the venue on the weekend. But Brainne she’d only be wearing jeans for the official form-filing because: ‘As far as we are concerned we are getting married on Sunday.’
Cooper – who also performs a character act as poet Danny Pensive – added: ‘We are both really excited. It's great that the Comedy Store are letting us do this. I'm trying not to put punchlines into my vows.’