It’s a long way from Rochdale to LA but from LA to Rochdale it’s a lot further.

‘The Yank is a Manc’ – this years’ most unlikely standup comedy act – is the true life tale of how a hotshot Hollywood producer, the fantastically titled Hopwood DePree the fourteenth, yes that’s his real name, traded tinsel town for textile town after a spot of late night internet trawling for family history led him to a crumbling ancestral wreck in Rochdale, Lancashire. The eponymous Hopwood Hall…

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