Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm & 10.30pm for 11pm. £4.50(£3.50). Two chancesto see a top-rate line-up from the London cabaret circuit as last night‘s bill from The Comedy Shop moves East.
I SUSA COMM Club Level 8. Strathclyde University Students Association. 9OJohn Street. Glasgow, 041 552 1895. 9.30pm. Free (non-students need to be signed in and need proof of being over 18). Kicking off an exciting programme of cabaret for the summer term is the outrageous Chris Lynam and the more musical Richard Morton (ex-Panic Brothers).
I Three Men Trio Bros Troupe Upstairs at Bonhams. 194 Byres Road. Glasgow. ()41 357 3424. 9.30pm. Free. Three-fold entertainment in triplicate from the comedy triad.
I Who’s Idea Was It Anyway? The Arches Theatre, Glasgow‘s Glasgow. Midland Street. 227 5511 10pm. £2. The Funny Farm can‘t get enough ofthis improvisation lark and have booked themselves in for a series of evenings of inspirational comedy in Glasgow‘s newest theatre.
I Bruce Morton Comedy Tour Grecnock Arts Guild. 0475 23038. £3. See Fri 20.
I The Comic Club Blackfriars. 45 Albion Street. Merchant City, Glasgow. ()41 552 5924. 9pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Baropen 8.30pm-midnight. Funny Farm regulars and TV stars Gordon Robertson and Stu Who? are joined this week by The Sorrie
I Joke Box Bar Point. 42 Wellmeadow Street. Paisley. 041 889 5188. 8.30pm. Stand-up comedy and music Paisley-style.
I Comic Club lmprov Blackfriars. 45 Albion Street. Merchant City. Glasgow. ()41552 5924. 8.30pm. £3.50. Bar open 8.30pm—midnight. Postponed by a week. the Funny Farm‘s regulars return with another helping of improvised comedy. More next fortnight.
I SUSA Cabaret Club Level 8. Strathclyde University Students Association. 9OJohn Street. Glasgow. 04] 552 1895. 9.30pm. Free (non-students need to be signed in and need proofof being over 18). Tonight‘s helping of stand-up comedy features Felix and teddy bear murderer Steve Murray
I The Three Men Trio Brothers Troupe Bonhams Wine Bar. 194 Byres Road, Glasgow. 041 357 3424. 9pm. See Wed 25. I Terry Neason 8. Friends Cumbernauld Theatre. Cumbernauld. 0236 732887. 7.45pm. £4 (£2). Mainly music. but a few wise-cracks from the popular star ofstage and screen.
I Who's Idea Was It Anyway? The Arches Theatre. Glasgow's Glasgow. Midland Street. 227 5511 10pm. £2. More free form fun and frolies from The Funny Farm in an evening ofimprovisation.
I The Kit Kat Club Blackfriars. 45 Albion Street. Merchant City. Glasgow. ()41 552 5924. 9pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Bar open 8.30pm—midnight. See Fri 20.
Seen at Blacktriars, Glasgow, 14 Apr. Every Fortnight. Can we introduce a rule that no comedian should use the phrase ‘I was watching tellythe other night . . .'? It‘s not that there isn't a lot oi tun to be made irom the small screen — it anything there’s too much - it’s more that TV jokes rarely stretch a comedian's powers at observation. The target is too soil, the laughs too easy. And most oi the comics on this evening’s bill iall back at some time or other on a iilm ortelevision gag. The tlrst titteen minutes oi Parrot’s act (I had to run ior a train aiterthat) dwell tar too long in the cinema. His skill lies in the protessionalism oi his delivery, a Connolly-esque patter with well-timed asides, and in his ability to hold the
audience's attention. But by limiting the scope oi his attack, he coniines himseli to a steady ilow ot chuckles, instead oi the hilarity oi which he is capable.
Opening the evening, John Gilllck, lull-time social worker and relative newcomer, runs through a set oi domestic observations, punchline jokes and a couple oi oil-beat imitations. His material is hit and miss — an opening quip aboutThe List is lost on a particularly restrained audience- but there are sparks oi sharp thinking in an act that ii honed down and broadened in scope will develop into a punchyrouhne.
I always think May McCreadie is unaware oi her own strengths. 0i all the comedians on tonight's bill, her approach - a casserole oi songs and witty social satire — is the most idiosyncratic. Here she has the misiortune to coniront the only audience in Scotland uninterested in iootball with a new routine about the world cup. That's just bad luck (although the closing song did seem weak), and with a mile more brashness, coniidence and grand gesture her strong material will come into its own.
But the real star oi the show tonight is compere Fred McAulay who, away irom the constraints at his normal routine, acts as a wondertully relaxed and welcoming host—spontaneous, trash and iunny. (Mark Fisher)
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