Viv 8i Jill line up for another fun-filled cabaret bonanza at the Gilded Balloon. Edinburgh. every Saturday

attractive'. Why not go along and put hitn to the test'.’ Also making it up on the spot are Paul Grahatn and Raytnond Meams. The maniacal Gavin Stott is master of ceremonies.

Pint Sized Comedy The Tron Ceilidh House. Hunter Square. 226 093 l. 8—‘10pm. £2. Raise a glass to Allan Miller and loads of really new acts for the price of one measly pint. Who could resist such a bargain'.’



Vladimir McTavish Pleasance. 60 The Pleasancc. 650 2349. 9.30pm (doors open 8pm). £5 (£3). The man in the tartan suit gives it loads. Support comes from Gordon Southern.

THURSDAY 12 Glasgow

Cheshire Cat Comedy Club Waxy's, 20 Candleriggs. 552 8717. 9pm. Free. New weekly club in this newish Merchant City pub. Look out for Billy Bonkers. Raymond Mearns and Hugh Reed of Velvet Underpants tame. Gary Ilagen comperes.


Christie‘s Comedy Cellar W.J. Christie & Son. 27—3l West Port. Tickets: 228 3765. 9pm (doors open 8.30pm). £4 (£3). See Scottish comedy talent at this regular Thursday night club. Billy Bonkers. Kevin Spence and Dave Williams strut their comedy stuff; and Joe Heenan comperes. The Stand Canon's Gait. 232 Canongate. 556 448 I. 9—1 lpm. £4 (£3). Vladimir McTavish. Allan Miller and Captain H.M. Bayonette are cracking the gags. Susan Morrison competes.



The Stand The Tron Ceilidh House. Hunter Square. 226 093 l. 9—l lpm. £5 (£4). Vladimir McTavish. John Flint and Douglas John Maclean Cairns. Be warned: the latter has a song about tartan scants. Jane Mackay comperes.

SATURDAY 14 Glasgow

Joke Box Mister P's Bar/Diner. 42 Wellmeadow Street. Paisley. 56] 71 I7. I0.30pm. Free. Fortnightly. Regular Belhaven-supported comedy night. Tonight's chucklemeisters are Vladimir McTavish and Reg Anderson. with others to be announced. Janey Godley competes. Vladimir McTavish East Kilbride Arts Centre. ()ld Coach Road. East Kilbride. 0l355 261000. 8pm. £6 (£3). Following the success of his one-person show IO] Great Moments In Scottish Sport. the man in the tartan suit makes his debut at this venue.


Viv 8: Jill's Cabaret Club Gilded Balloon Studio. 233 Cowgate. 226 6550. 8.30pm (doors open 7.30pm). £5 (£4). It is Valentine's Night. Viv Gee and Jill Peacock invite you to experience an evening of love. lust and laughter in the company of Bill Dewar, Brendan Moohan and Dick & Dick. There is allegedly a competition to find out the most unromantic thing you've ever done. Lunch for two at Gregg‘s/Burger King is the prize. Tasty!



Save Wildcat Benefit Concert King's Theatre. Bath Street. Tickets 287 55l I. 7pm. £|5. See Frontlines. page 4 and Drama & dance listings.

The Comic Club Blackfriars Underground. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9pm (doors open 8.30pm). £5 (£3.50). Vladimir McTavish. Craig Crookston and John Flint will be massaging your laughter muscles. Tough Glaswegian Janey Godley is on home turf as MC.


Christie's Comedy Cellar WJ. Christie & Son. 27—31 West Port. Tickets: 228 3765. 9.30pm (doors open 8.30pm). £3. The impro-crazed Comedy Off The Cuff night. Raymond Mearns is tonights MC with three other comics making the funny stuff u as they go along.

Pint-Sized Comedy The Tron Ceilidh House. Hunter Square. 220 1550. 8—l0pm. £2. See Allan Miller and loads of other comics for the price of a pint. He may be cheap. but he's funny too.

THURSDAY 19 Glasgow

Cheshire Cat Comedy Club Waxy’s. 20 Candleriggs. 552 8717. 9pm. Free. New weekly club in this newish Merchant City pub. Line-up to be confirmed.


Christie’s Comedy Cellar WJ. Christie & Son. 27-3] West Port. Tickets: 226 6550. 9.30pm (doors open 8.30pm). £4 (£3). Janey Godley. Colin Ramone and Jimy Mooney beg perission to tickle your funnybone this evening. Kevin Devine is the compere taming the slavering lions of comedy.

The Stand Canon's Gait. 232 Canongatc. Royal Mile. 556 448 I. ‘)-I lpm. £4 (£3). At least four acts for your hard-earned cash including Mary Unfaithful from Fringe hit Scarlet Harlots and Mitchell Anderson are providing the laughs. Jack & Paul. veterans of Pint Sized Comedy. try out a spot of impro. Susan Morrison comperes and there are two open spots. Incidentally. Mary Unfaithful supposedly comes frotn a town whose motto is 'lf you can't stab it. sup it or shag it. sod it'. How pleasant.


Stab it. shag it. sup it or sod it: Mary Unfaithful at the Stand, Edinburth’hu 19

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The Laughing Bag If they make you laugh, we take them to task. This issue: Robin lnce.

Square sausage or round? I am a Jungian not a Freudian. All Saints or Spice Girls? Until Strawberry Switchblade reform all girl bands are redundant. What do you wear in bed? Chanel No. S or goose grease. What have you got in your pockets? The shame of 2000 years of English oppression. Tell us a joke l do a bit of shadowboxing. Broke Hank Marvin’s nose yesterday. What's the worst job you ever had? Being Jim Davidson’s fourth wife. Who's overrated? Jim Davidson's bedroom technique is underwhelming. Who’s sexy? Nuns in callipers (also the title of my favourite film).

What's your favourite word of slang? Pinstooper - a man who collects old cigarettes and uses them to begurle children.

What's the worst haircut you ever had? Do you remember A Flock Of Seagulls? Where would you timeotravel to? I suffer from travel sickness so only as far back as November 1997 or as far forward as March 1998.

Natalie lmbruglia or Nat King Cole? I don't watch Home and Away so I don't know who Nat King Cole is.

How does Bill Clinton do it? He doesn’t. Hillary does. . Who's funny? Ainsley Harriot combines the rare gift of comic timing and stir fry dexterity. His cheery face always brightens my day.

(Peter Ross)

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