Comedy is listed by date. then by city. Shows will be listed, providing that details reach our offices at least ten da 5 in advance of publication. Come y listings compiled by Simone Baird.



Cheshire Cat Comedy Club \Vaxy's. 2t) Caiidleriggs. 552 8717. 9.30pm (doors open at 9pm). Free. Weekly. Raymond Meat‘ns compei'es (iary Hagen. Silky and

Cosy Comedy Cafe State Bar (downstairs). 148 Holland Street. 332 215‘). ‘J30piti (doors open 8.30pm). £4 (£3). 'l‘ony law and Silky plus open spots. coitipered by Billy Bonkers. See I'C\ iew.

Mischief Le Bar Cathedral House Hotel. 28 Catliedial Square. 552 351‘). Front i 7pm. Free Wild and weird bartending actioii eyeiy 'l’hursday'. Friday aitd Saturday limit) the liascible 'l‘attoo-Faced Nomads and other 'manil'estations‘ of Glasgow 's tiiiiquely strange comedy pei'l‘oritiance .\1i.scltiel' la Bas.


Christie's Comedy Cellar wit. Christie‘s. 228 3765. 9pm. £4 (£3). Joe Heeiian hosts ls'eyin Spence. Craig Crookston and (iordon Brttntoii.

The Stand 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8pm. £4 (£3). Neil Shackleton headlines. with support ti'ont ('olin Ramone. Dougie l)unlop and one open spot. competed by Joni) BUN)”.

Tartan Tantrum Comedy Club The Canon's Ciait. 232 Caitottgate. 556 4481. lnlormation: 558 8178. 8pm. £5 (£4). Fortnightly. Stand-tip from Richard Allen. .laney (iotlley. lshla l/ and Sandy Nelson.



Mischief Le Bar Cathedral House Hotel. . 28 Cathedral Square. 552 351‘). From

1 7pm. Free. See Thu 3.


The Stand 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8pm. £5 (£4 I. .-\ Stand debut for James Holntes. with Donna Krachan. Neil Shackleton. resident cotiipere Siisan Morrison pltis one open spot,

Tartan Tantrum Comedy Club 'l‘ron Ceilidh llotise. ‘) Hunter Square. 226 (1931 lnl'ot‘mation: 558 8178. 8pm. £5 «£41, Fortnightly. Richard Allen competes: acts to be announced.


Glasgow Cosy Comedy Cafe State Bar (downstairs). I48 Holland Street.


f Hilarious night of close to the bone antics performed by you and your

mates and a few

bottles of Rolling Rock beer.

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Charing Cross. 332 215‘). 9.30pm (doors open 8.30pm). £5 (£4). Weekly. Vladimir Me'l'avish. lshla 17.. James l)onlan plus open spots. Coinpered by Billy Bonkers. See review.

Joke BOX Mr P's Bar/Diner. 42 Wellnieadow St. Paisley. 561 71 17. 10.30pm. Free. Janey ('iodley coinperes a night of stand-tip cotnedy with Vladimir McTay'ish. Craig Crookstoii and James Cain bell.

Misc ief Le Bar Cathedral House Hotel. 28 Cathedral Square. 552 351‘). Front 7pm. Free. See Thu 3


Paul Merton Edinburgh Festival Theatre. 13—2‘) Nicholson Street. 52‘) 6005. 8.30pm. £1 1—£ 14.50. The star of Haw / (In! Nett's' For You on his liil‘Sl- ever nationwide solo tour.

The Stand 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8pm. £6 (£4 unwaged only). Jane Mackay competes James Holmes. Donna Krachan. Neil Shackleton and one open spot.



Comic Club Blackl'i'iars l’ndei‘ground. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. Doors 8.30pm. show 9pm. £5 (£3.50). Vladimir McTayish headlines witlt support from lslila 12. and Gary Hagen.

Paul Merton King's Theatre. Bath Street. 227 5511. 7.30pm. £10 £13.50. See Sat 5.

Edinburgh Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? the Stattd.

5 York Place. 558 7272. 1—3pm. Free. linjoy inspired improvisational comedy with a meal or just drinks from resident dtio .lack Weatlterall aitd Paul (iraham. Pint-Sized Comedy The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 7.30pm. £2.50 (£2). Allan Miller hosts a night of beginners' nery'es. with seasoned guests Rutherford ck Merson.

Comedy Off The Cuff (‘hi-istie's Comedy Cellar. W’.J_ Christie's. 228 3765. 9pm. £4 (£3). Regular host Raymond Mearns welcomes James Campbell for his Christie's debut. plus seasoned stand-ups Billy Boitkers and Base Williams.



Children In Need Special The Comic Club. Blackli‘iars Underground. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. Doors 8.30pm. show 0pm. £5. Raising laughs to raise cash in aid ol‘ Children In Need. The graduates of the first uniyersity course iii stand-up present the show.


Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 7.30pm. £1. l.iane lillis hosts eight or so absolute beginners plus the occasional guest.

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Brian Hennigan’s House Of Fun The Statid. 5 York Place. 558 7272. ‘) llpiti. Free to watch. £1 per person to play. 'l'eaiii tip for big board games including “Name That 'l‘uiia' and ‘.\1ongoose Mayhent‘. Fab pri/es to boot,



World Of Comedy Quiz Show The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. ‘) llpiti. Free to spectators. £1 to play. Bill l)ewai‘ hosts this qtll/ which coyers many subiects relating to laughter and its generation. Cash pi'i/es are there to be

REGULAR CLUB Cosy Comedy Cafe

Glasgow: State Bar, Thursdays and Saturdays s sir “Jr viz



Yvonne calling: compere Billy Bonkers

Hard to 'review' a comedy club for which the bill changes on a weekly basis, but if compere Billy Bonkers (real name Yvonne, allegedly) can regularly attract the calibre of performers on offer when The List showed up, he and his audience can only be onto a winner.

Yvonne himself proved much funnier than his opening gambit - ’l'm shite and I know lam’ - suggested, particularly when leading the audience in a rousing stomp through ’Plastic Jesus’. The punters were well oiled but largely well behaved, with just enough heckling to keep the acts on their toes, but not so much as to turn the occasion into a slanging match.

That said, you'd need to be a pretty cocksure heckler to trade barbs with turns as accomplished as Lee Ness (camp, twisted, hilarious) or Mark Bratchpiece (Jewish, deadpan, hilarious). Top-of-the-bill John Gillick earned his encore with the kind of deceptively precise musings and righteous anger that made Dylan Moran a star. Maybe best of all was Hamish Macdonald, seizing the open mike slot and having the brass ca/ones to structure his entire act around regional TV presenters of the early-to-mid- 705. This was only Macdonald’s second solo public appearance, but he's

definitely a name to watch out for.

In such entertaining company, the two and a half hours fly by, and you get plenty of belly laughs for your fiver. The only drawback stems from draconian licensing laws, which mean that there’s no chance for a post-gig beer and chinwag about the high old time you and your mates have just had. That minor (and unavoidable) quibble aside, this is a top night out, and the most fun you'll ever have in a hot smoky cellar full of strangers.

(Rob Fraser)



Bedazzled Arches 'l‘heatre. Midland Street. 221 4001 10pm 2am. £150 (£2.50). Monthly. l.l\t' ititistc. puppets and anti-gray ity hats are among the treats on ol'l‘er. w ith comedy limit The Mackerel Conspiracy and ctilty. cheesy music from the Betla/xled l).ls.

Cheshire Cat Comedy Club Wa\y \. 3o (‘atttllct'iggs 552 8717. 0.30pm (doors open at 0pm). Free. Weekly. Bill l)ewai'. Rtitherl'ord is .\lerson and Skaiik coitipei'ed by Raymond .\leai'n.s.

Cosy Comedy Cafe State Bar (downstairs). I48 Holland Street. ('liartng Cross. 332 215‘). 9.30pm (doors open 8.30pm). £4 (£3). Bill Dewar and Frank Quinn pltis open spots. competed by Billy Bonkers. See res iew. Mischief Le Bar Cathedral House Hotel. ' 28 Cathedral Square. 552 351‘). Front 7pm. Free. See Thu 3.


Christie’s Comedy Cellar \\'.J. Christie‘s. 228 3705. 0pm. £4 (£3 ). (iuest compete Susanne Fraser welcomes Ness. Joe lleenan and headliner Day-e Williams.