COMEDY COMPETITION Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards Edinburgh: Pleasance, Tue 16 May.
The Bhoy done good: Danny Bhoy at the 1999 awards with Jenny Eclair and Steve Coogan
So young Prince William will be coming to Edinburgh University next year. Now the next in line to the throne, after the regal ears will no doubt add to the royal family’s distinguished academic record, but before he affords us all a laugh by mastering Joined-up writing and getting a 2:1, there’s something else to giggle about within the college’s ivy-clad walls. It's the location for one of the semi finals of the UK—xvrde Open Mic Awards.
You've got to hand it to these young comics. Student audiences can be pretty (ileUle‘.'0. The kids don’t have to get up in the morning, so they can get absolutely Schindler's. This year’s crop of ten hopefuls, whittled down from a much wider field, includes two Scottish contenders, Eleanor Mason Brown from Berwick and Des Clarke from Glasgow, as well as a permanent resident, Lou Chawner, himself a student of Napier University. Hopefully we’ll see a local crowd to cheer them on before they proceed to London and then such exotic climes as Hull and Swansea
PFC'JIOUS winners have enjoyed a fair degree of success. Last year's Victor Danny Bhoy, appears regularly on the 77 O’ C/ock Show. Despite this, he’s actually quite funny. Other well-known names produced by the competition are Lee Mack, Paul Foot, Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. This episode of the long running COi-npetiticn wrll be hosted by experienced Canadian comic, Tony Law and among the judges will be our esteemed editor, Mark Fisher. (Steve Cramer)
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at least eight days before pubilca- m tion. Comedy listings compiled by
Steve Cramer Glasgow
Jester’s Comedy Club Mansion’s Cafe Bar, 63 St George’s Road, 333 1418. 8pm. £5 (£4). Alan Miller goes for comedy gold, with some help from Marty Benn, Lee ‘thc gay Bernard Manning‘ Ness and MC Janey Godley.
The Stand The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, 0870 600 6055. 9pm. £6—£7 (£4—£5). Leeds lad Danny Brown, of TV’s Dis/res fame, keeps ‘em smiling, with support from Paddy Courtney, Brendan Moohan and compere Susan Morrison.
The Stand The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). Toby Foster takes the headline slot, with support from Martin Furby, Keara Murphy and compete Frankie Boyle. Viv Gee & Jill Peacock The Arches, 30 Midland Street, 221 4001. 9pm. £5 (£4). Farcical fun from comic duo Viv and Jill, who make a welcome return after several
Fringe successes. Support comes from Jim Davidson Playhouse, 18—22 regular on the Scottish scene Susanne Greenside Place, 08706063424. 8pm. Fraser.
£14.50. Not the fun-for-all—the-family, happy chappy we know from the telly as good 01‘ Jim advises adults only for his stand-up show.
Scruffy Murphy's One Comedy Night Scruffy Murphy‘s, 49/50 George W Bridge, 225 1681. 8pm. Free. Joining humorous host Reg Anderson this week are Bene Lynchesticov (aka Jason Hall) and Dave Williams.
The Stand The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 8.15pm. £6 (£5). Keeping the comedy lites burning are John Gillick. Sandy Nelson, Toby Foster and guest compete Joon Broon.
Madcap Comedy Club Hudson’s, 14—16 Cornwall Place, 357 5387. 9.30pm. £5 (£4). Getting the giggles in are Gordon Brunton, Graeme Thomas and John McGuinness.
The Comic Club At The QM Queen Margaret L'nion, 22 University Gardens, 339 9784. 9pm. £5 advance. Stand-up with a student slant, featuring the talents of Janey Godley, Teddy, James Campbell and comp Joe Heenan.
Madcap Comedy Club State Bar, 148 Holland Street, 357 5387. 9.30pm. £4 (£3). David Kaye and Graeme Thomas try to tickle your fancy. under the watchful eye of cotnp Lee Ness.
It’s A Scream ('urlers, 256 Bytes Road, 338 651 1. 9.30pm. £4 (£3). Laconic laughs from Michael Redmond, with support from John Flint and Liz. Sneddon
The Stand The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 9pm. £4 (£3). High speed humour from Dublin's Paddy Courtney, with Brendan Moohan. Nick Findlay, Lou
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Jester's Comedy Club Mansion’s Cafe Bar, 63 St George’s Road, 333 1418. 8pm. £7 (£6). Aussie comedy antics as [an McDonald steps up to the Saturday night solo slot.
Jim Davidson Clyde Auditorium, Finnieston Quay, 287 7777. 8pm. £10.50—£l4.50. See Fri 12.
The Stand The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, ()870 600 6055. 9pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 12. Madcap Comedy Club State Bar, 148 Holland Street, 357 5387. 9.30pm. £5. Mirthmaker Gordon Brunton shares the spotlight with Reg ‘Voodoo’ Anderson and Graeme Thomas. Billy Bonkers is your perennial host.
Edinburgh The Stand The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 8.15pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 12.
Cat In Glasgow The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £5. Glasgow gets its own night of gay-friendly giggles. featuring pink ﬂuffy funster James Holmes. Pauline M. and resident competes Craig Hill and Cormac O’Hara.
The Comic Club Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9pm. £5 (£4). A double dose of drollness as Parrot and Kevin Hays share top spot. with support from Colin Simpson and Viv Gee.
Madcap Comedy Club State Bar, 148 Holland Street, 357 5387. 9.30pm. £4 (£3). The second finals heat for the Open Spot Competition, featuring seven stage- struck stand-up novices.
Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. l—3pm. Free with drinks or a tneal. Stuart Murphy takes over the improvisational mantle of Jack \V'catherall, joining Paul for some freestyle l'unniness.
SOS: Six On Sunday The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £3 (£2). The gagtastic Graeme ’l‘homas hosts this mixed bag of comedy capers, featuring both established and new acts. among whom are Paddy Courtney, Toby Foster and Lou Cliawner.
Jim Davidson Adam Smith Theatre, Bennochy Road. 01592 412929. 8pm. £20. See Fri 12.
Fife Comedy Club Path Tavern, Mid Street, 01592 263671. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). Musical mayhem from headliner John Sinclair, with support from Scott Deas, Calum Waddle and comp Joon Broon.
Red Raw The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 8.30pm. £1. Liane lillis puts eight comedy novices through their paces, with guest closer Frank Quinn to round off the evening.
Reg 'Voodoo' Anderson's Disc And Comedy Quiz Extravaganza Bannerman’s, 212 Cowgate, 556 3254. 10pm. Free. Reg exercises the grey matter with a selection of probing comedy and music questions at what he claims is a Carlton TV pilot.
All That Mullarkey Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate. 287 551 1. 8pm. £7 (£5). Comedian and actor Neil Mullarkey takes an alternative look at the history of his family name, challenging Shakespeare and tiinstein into the bargain. Anyone who can prove that they share the Mullarkey surname will get a free ticket and a chance to participate in the show.
Open Mic Award The Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 60 The Pleasance, 650 2349. 8pm. £2.50. Tony Law is your host for the semi-ﬁnals of this annual comedy competition, and sitting on the judge’s panel is The Lisr’s own esteemed editor, Mark Fisher. See preview.
Oot: Out On Tuesday The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 9pm. £5. Oot celebrates its first birthday with a return of inaugural headliner James Holmes, accompanying him in his camp comedy antics are droll Dundonian diva Pauline M. and regular competes Craig Hill and Cormac O‘Hara.
All That Mullarkey Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, 287 5511. 8pm. £7 (£5). See Tue 16.
Maverick Magic The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 7.30pm. £4 (£3). Much mirth at this new night featuring foul of mouth and fast of hand magician Reg ‘Voodoo’ Anderson plus guests, who include Steven Dick, a man with a talent for secreting nails about his person. World Of Comedy Quiz The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 9pm. £1 per person to play. Bill Dewar initiates you into the strange world of comedy trivia, spurred on by a potential £100 rollover jackpot.
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The Fred MacAulay Show The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £7 (£4). The ubiquitous MacAulay is back in a live comedy capacity and welcomes comic charmer Jeff Green as his special guest. Support at this monthly night will come from Bill Dewar and Brian Hennigan in their ‘Llseless Guide To Scotland’ guise. Madcap Comedy Club State Bar, 148 Holland Street, 357 5387. 9.30pm. £4 (£3). Impressionist antics from Gerry Grant and witty words from poet Robert Knox, not forgetting your host lee Ness. It's A Scream Curlers, 256 Bytes Road, 338 651 1. 9.30pm. £4 (£3). Crazee comedy antics with John Gillick (a former Funny Farmer we are told), Graeme Thomas and Cormac O’Hara.
The Stand The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 9pm. £4 (£3). Camp comedian James Holmes headlines, with support from Fin MacArthur, Hugh Meechan, Marie MacArthur and comp Joon Broon. BBC New Comedy Awards Gilded Balloon, 233 Cowgate, 226 6550. 9pm. £3. Viv and Gill host a war of wits as eight new acts battle it out in the Scottish heat
Phil Kay Carnegie Hall, East Port, 01383 314127. 7.30pm. £8 (£6—£7). Fast-paced fun and hyperactive hilarity as the ‘Wee Yin‘ takes you on a comic rollercoaster ride.
Jester's Comedy Club Mansion’s Cafe Bar, 63 St George‘s Road, 333 1418. 8pm. £5 (£4). Comic cracks aplenty from headliner l-laqi, with support from the musically-minded Sandy Nelson, John Gordon and comp Raymond Mearns. Comedy At King Tut's King Tut‘s Wah Wah Hut, 272a St Vincent Street, 221 5279. 9pm. £8 (£7). Gordon Brunton gets the giggles, alongside Dave Gorran, who writes Mrs Merton dontcha know.
The Stand The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, 0870 600 6055. 9pm. £6 (£5). Brendan Burke lays on the Irish charm, with support from frenetic funnyman