Comedy is listed by date, then b city. Shows will be listed, providing t at details reach our offices at least ten days in advance of publication. Comedy listings compiled by Ellie Carr.



The Stand The Tron Ceilidh House. Hunter Square. 220 1550. 9—1 lpiit. Five acts for £5 (£4). Weekly. Wild Welshman Noel James headlines. with suppoit from Smug Roberts and Bill Dewar at the thriving Friday tiight artn of tltis local comedy club. Jane Mackay coinperes and there's ati open spot for any wee soul who's brave enough.

The Bongo Club Cabaret The Bongo Club. 14 New Street. Edinburgh. 556 5204/558 7604. 9pm—3am. £5 (£3). Billed as 'anistic acts of strange entertainment. this reasonably-priced. one-off night features comedy jazzman Fail ()kiii. singer Christa Hugltes. plus dance. music and various other types of performance as well as comedy. and will culminate in Club sounds from the Now Generation DJs.



John Cooper Clarke East Kill)ride Arts Centre. ()ld Coach Road. 01355 261000 Split. £6 (£3). The original punk poet retunis. still spouting the rapid-fire invective rhymes that made him the mouthpieceof the safety-pin generation in the late 70s. and even more



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remarkably. still spotting those pixie boots and that loo-brush hair. And don't we just love him for it',’

The Joke Box Mister P's Bar/Diner. 42 Wellmeadow Street. Paisley. 561 7117. lOpnt—2am. Free. A full pint freebie night of comedy every second Saturday. 8 courtesy of Belhaven Best Of Comedy. ()n tonight's bill: Noel James. Craig Mitchell and Gary Hagen with Janey Godley as comperes.

Edinburgh ; Viv And Jill's Comedy Capers Gilded Balloon. 23.3 Cowgate. 226 6550. 8.30pm 1 (doors 7.30pm). £5 (£4), Weekly comedy variety venture from the Gilded Balloon. hosted by funny gals Viv Gee and Jill Peacock and styled as 'iiew--age vaudeville'. ()n tonight's mix 'it‘ match bill. Jimmy Mooney. described on these pages as ‘a real treat': plus Joe Heenan atid 'a very special guest‘. The plot thickens.



The Comic Club Blackfi‘iars Underground. Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9pm (doors 8.30pm). £5 (£3.50). Weekly. Noel James takes top spot at the busy comedy club. with stippott from Jill Peacock. Sandy Nelson aitd Viv Gee as compete.

John Cooper Clarke Tron Theatre. 63 Trongate. 552 3748. 8pm. £8 (£6). See Sat 6.


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Unaffected by his years in the poetry trade, John Cooper Clarke still looks exactly like his publicity shot, as audiences can find out this fortnight cheesy comic front Sheffield tinkles the plastic of his Yamaha. in a biand-new one-man show. Christie's Comedy Cellar: New Material Night WJ. (‘hrisiie at Son. 27» 31 West Port. 228 3765. 0.30pm (doors 8.30pm). £4. ‘l.oose' and ‘esperitiiental' are the tantalising words bandied about at this new material night. where comedians come otit with gems. clangers and everything else in between. Tonight‘s brave venturers itito the comedy unknown are John Flint. James l)onlan aiid Raymond Mearns. l)ave Williams is resident compere. Pint Sized Comedy The iron (‘eilidh House. Htiiitei' Square. 220 1550. S 10pm. £2. New venture fiom Statid enterprises which promises a comedy playground for tip-and-coming acts to test otit material with the odd opening for circuit dinosaurs too. Putting the acts through the comedy hoops is Woody Allen lookalike Allan Miller. A fair gamble at £2. we say.



Doodles From The Stars Charity Auction Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. Ticketline: 220 434‘) and at Assentny Rooms. King's Theatre. L'sher Hall and Queen's Hall. 7pm midnight. £7. Fund-raising auction in aid of lidinbtirgh's Film & \‘ideo Access Centre. with postcard-sued doodles by an impressive array of stars from Sean (‘ontiery to Jan ts (‘ocker tip for grabs to the highest bidder. Doors open at 7pm for v iewing of doodles and the entertainment kicks off at 7.30pm with a (pill on the contributing artists hosted by comedian Sit/antic Fraser. follow ed by a special guest appearance from R(’(/ lhi'ur/‘s Norman Lovell. Bidding begins at 9.30pm. followed by dancing till midnight with DJ Graham l)i'ysdale. Buyers who can't make it to the auction can phone the Ftliti & \‘ideo Access Centre on 0| 3! 220 0220. See Frontlines.

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Velvet Rooms 520 Sauchtehall Street. 332 0755. S30pni (doors Spin). £5. Comedy returns to the Velvet Rooms with this fortnightly night of acts both big aiid small. Lined tip for laughs tonight: .‘ylancunian Tony Burgess. l’aisley magician Kevin Kopfstein. ('olm Ramone and resident coitipet'e John (iillick. Please note - this is the last itigltt of comedy at the Velvet Rooms until Thursday 2‘) January.


Christie's Comedy Cellar wit. Christie & Son. 27--3l West Port. 22S 3765, 0.30pm (doors 8.3(lpiii). £4. New club on the currently thriving local comedy scene. this week featuring comedy w ordsmith \‘iv Gee. comedy magician laii Kendall. and a further guest to be announced.

The Stand Canon's Gait. 232 Canongate. Royal Mile. 556 4481. ‘L 1 lpm. At least four acts for £4 (£3). The handsome new

home for The Stand‘s long-running Thursday itiglit coiiietly club. with the promise of all the usual ftiii and games

and cheap beer into the bargain. Tonight‘s

comedy playthings are the amazing

juggling. fire-eating Kevin Kopfstein.

: Jane Mackay. Brian Henntgan. John Fliiil

the satirist from South Queensferry. resident compere Susan Morrison. plus one open spot.


The Stand The Tron Ceilidh House. llutiter Square. 220 1550. 0 —1 1pm. Five acts for £5 (£4). ()n tonight's bill. l’aisley

' magician Kevin Kopfstein. new face

Kevin Spence. Angus Cameron. (‘olin Ramone and eompere Jane Mackay.


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Cosy Comedy Cafe State Bar (downstairs) Holland Street. Charing Cross. 332 215‘). S.30pm-~midnight. £4. Fortnightly. The laid-back comedy club enjoys a temporary move from Java Internet Cafe. to stand-up‘s spiritual home ~ the basement of a local boo/.er. lixpect comics from Glasgow and further afield and a bar on the premises to boot.


Viv And Jill's Comedy Capers Gilded Balloon. 233 (’owgate. 2266550. 8.30pm (doors 7.30pm). £5 (£4). Sec Sat 22. 'l'onight's (‘omedy ('aperets are stitTeaIist Dave Williams. master of disguise Neil Shackleton. lltigli Reed -- accompanied for this date by his notorious. ass-kicking

: backing band the Velvet linderpanis attd a big fat bloke with a white beard who

you'd think was far too busy at this time

of year to hang around with comedy

lowlifes btii there you go

; Glasgow The Comic Club Blackfriars

1.’nderground. Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9pm (doors open Spin). £5 (£3.50). Weekly. ()ii tonight's line-tip at the long-running comedy club: Dave Williams. Alan McQueen and Leighton (‘alyei‘t


Christie's Comedy Cellar w). Christie tk Son. 27 31 West l’oit. 228 3765. 0.30pm (doors S30pin) £4. New material iiigltt at this recently-opencd comedy club. Tonight's line-tip includes voodoo magician Reg Anderson. l.eith boy Key in Spence and a young chap called Silky. who competes a coiiietly club in St Andrews.

Pint Sized Comedy The Tron Ceilidh House. Hunter Square. 220 1550.

S 10pm. £2. See Stilt 7. Please l‘UlL‘. l’iiit Si/ed ('oiiiedy ietuins on Stiit 11 Jan.



Christie's Comedy Cellar wit. (‘hrisiie tk Soil. 27 31 West Port. 22S .3765. 9.30pm (doors S30pm). £4. Tonight's acts include \'i\ & Jill of \'iy tk Jill fame. pltis .loe Heenan who (like Mariel) is a bit of an iitipiessiomst. and obsetyatioital comedian Colin Ramone. w ho if he's anything like the New Yoik branch of his family presumably statts olf his set with the word '\\'unchew leefaw 'Thet'e's‘ also a ‘very special guest' whose identity is to be announced.

The Stand Canon‘s Gait. 232 Canongate. Royal Mile. 556 4451. WI lpiii. At least fotit' acts for £4 (£3). ()ii tonight's bill at The Stands new Thursday night home. Newton Mearns man Jo Mackenzie steps into his first-ever headline spot. The Man In l’ants shows off his Ys. while Jack '\\'eatherall and resident cotnpere Susan Morrison remain fully clothed throughout. Probably.