Comedy is listed by date, then by city. Shows will be listed, providing that details reach our offices at least ten da s in advance of publication. Come y listings compiled by Simone Baird.
Cheshire Cat Comedy Club \yasy‘s. 20 Candleriggs. 552 87 l7. 9.30pm (doors open 9pm). Free. Weekly. With Reg Anderson. John Flint and Gary Hagen. Velvet Cabaret 520 Sauchiehall Street. Tickets are free but must be booked on ()l4l 338 2908. Sketches from the regular crew plus stand-up from guest Neil Shackleton. An edited version of the show is broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland tomorrow night.
Lily Savage Edinburgh Festival Theatre. l3—29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. 8pm. £9.50-—£l8.50 (£7~-£ l6). Group bookings conc: £2.50. The ‘Blonde Bombsite' is back on tour after starring on lllrmketv Blank. This performance is to be filmed for a video release.
White Rabbit Cowboys 5 York Place. 558 7272. 7—8pm. £4 (£3). Beginning a three-night run of the comic play by the local com any of the same name.
The Stan 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8pm. £4 (£3). Jo MacKenzie. Mark Bratchpiece and John McGuinness are tonights merry-makers. with Joon Broon as compere and one open mic spot.
Phil Kay MacRobert Arts Centre. University of Stirling. 0l786 45 l 369. 7.30pm. £9 (£6). Madcap japery and on- the-spot lunacy from the boy Kay. who is currently touring Scotland from end to end.
White Rabbit Cowboys 5 York Place. 558 7272. 7—8pm. £4 (£3). The comic play by the Edinburgh-based company of the same name.
The Stand 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8pm. £5 (£4). Tonight‘s chucklemongers are Mr Drayton. Jo Mackenzie and Joon Broon. with guest compere Gavin Webster plus one open spot.
Whose Lunch Is It Anyway?
Edinburgh: The Stand, Sundays e a a:
"1 N .m. ":1..." ._ They're making this up: Paul Graham and Jack Wetherall
On a Sunday afternoon, there are three ingredients imperative to curing a thumping hangover — good food, another drink and a bit of a laugh.
A perfect solution is Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? at The Stand. Spend a lazy couple of hours in comfortable surroundings and be thoroughly entertained by Paul Graham and Jack Wetherall doing the hard work. It's also free, which is great news if you've spent too much money on Saturday
Appearing every Sunday, Graham and Wetherall have improvisation down to a T. After learning the tricks of the trade with Edinburgh University’s Bedlam Theatre, these two pals have branched out on their own, refining their improvisation skills to an almost instantaneous quality since first appearing as a duo last December; bouncing weird and wonderful ideas off
each other at breakneck speed.
The show is offered in four bite-size sets, and the audience are free to wander in and out while the improv games are played onstage. In contrast to the usual boozy late-night setting for improvisation, the atmosphere is relaxed and laid-back - part of the reason this innovative idea works. In co- director Tommy Sheppard's words, ‘lt's the comedy equivalent of jazz on a Sunday afternoon. We're trying to provide a whole experience.’
Whose Lunch . . . does this by complementing the comedy with a good cheap bar and great food. Main courses are all under £4 and Alan ‘Sweet Pea’ McLeod's cooking is wholesome and tasty. Audience participation and a changing menu mean that no two weeks are the same. A refreshing change from sitting in cafes, and more fun than painkillers. (Tracy Griffen)
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Cosy Comedy Cafe State Bar (downstairs). I48 Holland Street. Charing Cross. 332 2l59. 9.30pm (doors open 8.30pm). £5 (£4). Weekly. Michael Redmond (Father 72ar/‘s Father Stone). Vladimar MacTavish and Gerry Grand.
White Rabbit Cowboys 5 York Place. 558 7272. 7—8pm. £4 (£3). Last night of the comic play by the Edinburgh-based company of the same name.
The Stand 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8pm. £6 (£4 unwaged conc only). Gavin Webster. .lo MacKenzie and Joon Broon are hosted by guest compere Mr Drayton; and there's one open mic spot.
SUNDAY 27 Glagow
Comic Club Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9pm (doors open 8.30pm). £5 (£3.50). Richard Allen headlines. with support from John Flint and Martin Furby.
Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. l—3pm. Enjoy free improvisation with a meal orjust drinks from resident duo Jack Weatherall and Paul Graham.
Pint-Sized Comedy The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 7.30pm. £2.50 (£2). Four ten minute sets from newer acts. one absolute beginner open spot and Jo Mac Kenzie is the seasoned closer. resident host is Allan Miller.
Comedy Off The Cuff Christie's Comedy Cellar. W.J. Christie‘s. 228 3765. 9pm. £4 (£3). After a three-week break. Christie's returns with a bang. Raymond Mearns hosts tonights comedy and improvisation games. Guests are Sandy Nelson. HM. Bayonette and Dave Williams.
MONDAY 28 Edinburgh
Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 7.30pm. £l. Cut-price larfs with Liane lillis. eight or so absolute beginners and special guests Rutherford & Mel'sott.
TUESDAY 29 Edinburgh
Brian Hennigan's House of Fun The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9-1 lptn. Free to watch. £l per person to play. Team tip for big board games including ‘Name That Tuna' and ‘Mongoose Mayhem‘. Fab prizes to boot. See Laughing Bag.
World Of Comedy Quiz Show The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9--l lpm. Free to spectators. £l to play. Bill Dewar hosts the prize quiz on all matters sniggerworthy. with £l00 roll-over j'tckpot to be had.
THURSDAY 1 Glasgow Bedazzled Arches Theatre. Midland Street. 22l 4001. l0pm—2am. £4.50 (£2.50). A new monthly comedy club which promises to ‘change Thursday nights beyond recognition'. Live music. puppets and anti-gravity hats are among the treats offered. with comedy from The Mackerel Conspiracy and culty. cheesy tnusic from the Bedazzled DJs into the bargain. Mischief Banquet Cathedral House Hotel. 28 Cathedral Square. 552 3519. £17.50 including five-course meal.ln a novel departure in catering. this evening’s fare will be served by the lrascible Tattoo-Faced Food—Bearing Nomads - yet another incarnation of those scallywags Mischief La Bast-lxpect a few surprises to be served up alongside the culinary delights. The Mischief Banquets will be held on the ﬁrst Thursday of every month. Mischief Le Bar Cathedral House Hotel. 28 Cathedral Square. 552 3519.Free. Meanwhile. things will be decidedly abnormal in the Mischief Bar where. every Thursday. Friday and Saturday. Mischief La Bas will be manning the pumps. optics and cocktail shakers for some wack-headed bartending action. Cheshire Cat Comedy Club Waxy‘s. 20 Candleriggs. 552 8717. 9.30pm (doors open at 9pm). Free. Weekly. Craig Crookston plus others. Cosy Comedy Cafe State Bar (downstairs). [48 Holland Street. Charing Cross. 332 2l59. 9.30pm (doors open 8.30pm). £4 (£3). A new Thursday nighter for compere Billy Bonkers. opening line-up to be confirmed. Velvet Cabaret 520 Sauchiehall Street. Tickets are free but must be booked on ()l4l 338 2908. Sketches from the regular crew plus stand-up from guest act Parrot. An edited version of the show is broadcast tomorrow night on BBC Radio Scotland.
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