Comedy is listed by date, then by city. Shows will be listed, providing that details reach our offices at least ten days in advance of publication. Comedy listings are compiled by Rob Fraser
Cosy Comedy Cafe The State Bar: I48 Holland Street. 332 2l5‘). ‘),_‘s()pnr. £4 (£2). .loe lleenan .rrrd (iraeme Thomas once again .rrriye at the court ol King Hilly littllkcl‘s.
The Brand New Comedy Club t‘psran-s at The Vale. Dundas Street. 332 4928. Doors 8pm. £2. Doing esactly what it says on the III]. this new \errture presents tledglrng comic talent. w ith your host Tomas Skene.
The Bearpit \\'..l. (‘hristre & Sort. 27 3| West Port. 22.\’ 37(15. £2. Taking the piss in the wee small hours are the likes of
Susanne l‘ras‘er. Raymond .\learns and .laney Ciodley. Hecklers are treated with the contempt and yitriol they deserye you haye been warned.
The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £4 (£3). All the way from the big smoke comes headliner Andy Linden. joining Jane Mackay. Adie (‘. and Hit
'McArthur. Allan Miller is gtrest conrper‘e.
; Christie’s Comedy Cellar \y'l (‘hrisrre
t‘t Son. 27 -3I West Port. 28 37(35.
1 9.30pm. £4 (£3). (‘omedy couplets l‘rom
\"iy Ciee. alongside ('iraham Phillips and compere Susanne l‘l‘ttsc‘l‘.
The Comic Club — Phil Kay lilackli‘iars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9pm. U) (£4). Hats oil. to ten years ol' comedy at Blackl‘riars. Phil Kay returns to his pre- rrregastardorn gig as compete. and is
joined by Paul & Ray. Allan .\liller.
l)a\'id Kay and .lolrrr (iillick get the laughs.
COMEDY PREVIEW Mel & Sue
Stirling: MacRoberr Arts Centre, Tue 27 Apr.
‘It feels like we've been released like Elsa from Born Free,’ says Mel Giedroyc, the blonde one in the comedy duo that is Mel and Sue. ’We’re like lionesses released into the wild from the constraints of daytime television.
For the last two years Mel and Sue have been stunning Channel 4's daytime television audiences with their Light2, and then Late Lunch. Stunning them with their irony, wit and general ability to reach out and turn accidents into hilarious gags. Accidents which lesser presenters, incapable of working in the friable world of live television, would have studiously ignored as potential piles of monkey jism. Accidents which Luscious Mel and Sexy Sue would hold up with glee for their audience’s entertainment.
Now they’re back on stage and into the comedy fray. They've grabbed the Late Lunch band and embarked on a brand new tour, and it feels good. It's the morning after the first night, and Mel's doing all the talking because Sue's mike went down half way through the show and her throat is
’I hope that people aren't going to come along and expect cooking and guests like we had on the telly,’ she says. ‘It's sketch-based stuff, we've got two war time biddies, who are obsessed with gooses gizzards and chicken claws. We have two girls from 1962 who are hep chicks, just moved to London from suburbia. I am doing a very, very, in yer face, 805 stand up comedienne, Sue is doing Dr Susan Howerdling, the Viennese Sexologist.’
All top-drawer Mel and Sue, for those who fell in love with the shows they brought to the Fringe between 1992 and 97. And for those who glimpsed their contribution to BBCZ's Gimme Gimme Gimme recently, it won’t be much of a surprise that Sue can’t wait to get those costumes back on.
'Ab man, it felt good, the stiff, crispness of an A-line burgundy uniform always does it for me,’ she says, with a smile, ’There’s some extremely interesting costumes. I must say.’ (Thom Dibdin)
The Bearpit \YJ. Christie ck Son. 27 3| West Port. 228 3765. £2. See Thu l5. Reg Anderson’s Comedy Explosion The Tron. Hunter Square. 337 8340. 9pm. £4 (£3). The sell styled humble genius welcorrres Michael Redmond. Colin Rarnorre and Big .I.
The Stand 5 York Place. 553 7272. 9pm. £b/£5 Fridays (£4). Reginald l). Hunter headlines tonight's .jiggery pokery. with Andy Linden and poetic type Brendan Moohan in support. .loon Broon is the hostess.
The Ken Dodd Happiness Show The Pavilion Theatre. l2| Renl’ield Street. 332 ISM». 8pm. £ l().5() --£l2.5(l. The squire ol Knotty Ash returns to Glasgow Prepare to witness genuine comic genius in action. as well as some less appealing variety type antics lronr the l)iddynren. The Comic Club Blacklriars. 30 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9pm. £6 (£4). Raymond .‘ylearrrs. Parrot. Michael Redmond. VH- and Jill and Sandy Nelson continue the anniversary weekend celebrations.
The Saturday Comedy Experience
l.‘ Attache. 27 Waterloo Street. 22l 32H). 9.30pm. £4 (£3). (‘onrpere (irant \charrus welcomes open spotter .‘Vlichael Hardy and three more yet to be confirmed guests.
Cosy Comedy Cafe The State liar. 14s Holland Street. 332 2l5‘). 9.30pm. £5 (£4). l‘rankie Boyle. Allan Miller and lirarrk Quinn pitch up lor regular host Billy Hookers.
The Bearpit \y'J. (‘lrristre & son. 27 31 West Port. 228 3705. £2. See Thu l5. The Standi York Place. 558 7272. ()pm. £()/£5 Fridays (£4).Same guests as last night. with Jane Mackay takrrrg oyer the hostess trolley.
. SUNDAY 18
The Comic Club — Fred Macaulay Blackl'riars. 30 Bell Street. 552 5024. 9pm, £0 (£4). T\"s lay our'rte slap head brings the birthday celebrations to a close. ably asrsited by Stu \\'lio'.’. Rutlrerl‘ord & Merson and Skank.
The Bearpit \y’J. ('hristle (k Son. 27 1| West Port. 228 3765. £2. See Thu l5. Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. i 3pm. l‘r'ee \y rtlr drinks or a meal. Jack \Yeatherall and Paul (ir'aham are the improy rsed comedy stull'ing in your succulent Sunday goose. Pint-Sized Comedy The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8pm. £2.50 ( £2 r. (irrest .\l(‘ [)orrna Krachan welcomes the acts arid guest closer Teddy. That's Sli\'li.\' comics for the price ol a prnt (rl~ you're drinking posh loreign lager ).
Christie's Comedy Cellar \y'._I. ('lirrstre A‘ Son. 27 3| West Port. 22.\‘ 3705. ‘).3()prrr. £3. .loe lleenarr and the rather strange girl gurde leader H..\l Hayorrette join conrper'e Raymond Mear’ns.
Mark & John's Comedy QuiZTrorr Theatre Bar ()3 ’l‘r'ongate. 552 4207 l'rce. 8.30pm Prr/es galore hour the pop culture obsessiy es \y ho trrrrr t|llt‘.\ll(lll\ into cabaret. .\lassr\ely entertaining Dorothy Paul The Pay rlron 'l‘lreatre. l2l Renlield Street. 332 1846. 7. 30pm. £9.5(l- £l l.5(l. The l‘ull Dorothy tour C(tlllllltlt‘s.
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