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I The Counting House Upstairs. 32/2 West Nicolson Street. 6620781. 10pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Bar'restaurant open allday. serving until 9.30pm — diners can claim£l reduction on their cabaret tickets. Fast-talkingcx-poet and Fringe favourite Mark IIurst (aka Miwurdz) is joined by sometime Alexander Sister - and sister to (‘raig— Lynn Ferguson. Recommended. I The Salamander Club Live atYoung's Hotel 12 14 Leamington Terrace. 228 1838. 9.30pm. Free. Bar entertainment in a short season of weekly merriment from the Salamander Club.
I Theatresports Bedlam Theatre. 2 Forrest Road. 225 9873. 10pm. Edinburgh University's popular team ofimprovisers
return for another season of freeform fun
after a marathon 24-hour session in aid of Comic Relief last term.
SATURDAY 20 .
f Cosgrove and Pigfoot.
I The Comic Club Blackfriars. 45 Albion Street. Merchant City. 552 5924. 9pm.
, £4.50(£3.50).Baropen 8.30pm-midnight.Anothcr helpingof
local wit and wisdom from the Funny Farm and beyond.
I The Counting House Upstairs. 32 2 West
Nicolson Street. 662 0781. 10pm. £4.50 (£3.50). Bar restaurant open all day. serving until 9.30pm — diners can claim £1 reduction on their cabaret tickets. See Fri 19.
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I Riverside Club I-‘ox Street. off Clyde
Street. 248 3144. 8pm for 9pm. £4 (£2.50). I
The first of this three-week season of young (ilasgow comics got off to a ﬂying start (see review) and there's a promising last night line-up compered by Lynn
Ferguson. who‘ll be introducing Kevin
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Kopfstein. Alex Frackleton. David
I They’re Making That Up Blackfriars. 45
Albion Street. Merchant City. 552 5942.
° 8.30pm for 9pm.£-1. Increasingly busy
stand-ups. Parrot and Fred MacAulay. join forces for another nightof
. improvisation and new material. maybe introducing a guest or two ifthey're in town.
IThe SalamanderClub L'pstairs.Cafe ; Royal. West Register Street. 228 1838.
8.30pm for 9.30pm. £5 (£3). Main act
tonight is Mish Lorraine and there‘ll be the usual mix of Salamander entertainers.
THE RIVERSIDE CLUB
Seen on Sun 7 April. Next show on Sun 21 April.
John Paul Leach, compete lor the night, outlines the rationale behind the Funny Farm. ‘We are people lrom Glasgow who present non-racist, non-sexist, non-humorous comedy.‘ On this latest venture, that all too frequently apt description can linally be laid to rest.
In the past, the Farm has shuttled along in the wake of mega-star Stu Who?, iiitted lrom one dingy dive to the next, occasionally graced late night Scottish TV, and presented aggressive angry-young-man dialribes against everything. There is an altogether different ambience now, and the man who must take most ol the credit is Leach.
He hasn't been on the circuit long (his
* iirst, halting, perlormance was last t year), but the coniidence has grown,
the delivery become more assured and the material sharper. But, importantly, he accomplishes all at this while remaining a quintessentially nice guy. There's no shouting at the audience, no swearing (well, not too much) and the only jokes about technicolour yawns relate to his baby. it doesn’ttake long for the audience to warm to this radical side-step in Scottish comedy and Leach soon has them eating out oi his
hand. The other, newer members olthe Funny Farm have cottoned on that you
don’t need to intimidate an audience to make it laugh. Alex Frackleton is a comedy poet who (brace yoursell) is actually funny and thought provoking. Jeremy Herron (doubly brace yoursell) is English and yet succeeds in what, for him, must often appear a particularly intimidating atmosphere.
The headliner, Fred MacAulay, and one oi the innumerable social worker-cum-comedlans, John Gilllck,
are more like the old school and yet
even they seem to have been inlluenced by Leach's gentle presence. This was a show to re-esiabllsh your lalth in Scottish comedy, so how long belore it is swamped out at sight by the messianic return oi Mr Who? (Philip Parr)
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