Dougie Dunlop does his Bill McLaren at The Stand
Jester's Comedy Club Mansion’s Cafe Bar, 63 St George’s Road, 333 1418. 8pm. £7 (£6). Fun and frolics with Craig Campbell, John McGuinness, Keara Murphy and comp Janey Godley.
The Stand The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, 0870 600 6055. 9pm. £6 (£5). Glasgow lad Raymond Mearns makes his Stand debut alongside Logan Murray, with Irishman Kevin Hayes topping the bill. Jane Mackay is the comedy controller.
Scruffy Murphy's One Comedy Night Scruffy Murphy’s, 49/50 George [V Bridge, 225 1681. 8pm. Free. Fun and frolics as Joe Heenan and Gavin Yates join compcre Reg ‘Voodoo’ Anderson. The Stand The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 8.15pm. £6 (£5). Headlining the hilarity is Ronnie Rigsby, joined in his comic endeavours by Allan Miller and Brian Hennigan. Susan Morrison comperes.
Jester's Comedy Club Mansion’s Cafe Bar, 63 St George’s Road, 333 1418. 8pm. £7 (£6). A solo show from Newcastle’s ﬂoppy-haired master of mirth Ross Noble.
The Stand The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, 0870600 6055. 9pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 16 except Susan Morrison takes over as compere.
Madcap Comedy Club The Fotheringay, 17—21 Nithsdale Road, 357 5387. Madcap Comedy Club will not be taking place tonight due to a private function. Madcap Comedy Club State Bar, 148 Holland Street, 357 5387. 9.30pm. £5 (£4). Alex Baldwin headlines with support from satirical lyricist Sandy Nelson and Craig Campbell. Edinburgh
The Stand The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 8.15pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 16 with Jane Mackay as compere.
Glasgow Bohemian Night Bar 10, 1() Mitchell
Lane, 572 1448. 7.30pm. Free. See Sun 11.
Ross Noble Mansion’s Cafe Bar, 63 St George’s Road, 333 1418. 8pm. £7 (£6). See Sat 17.
Allan Miller New Act Showcase The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £3 (£2). Catch the latest in comedy talent with host Allan Miller and guest John Gordon as graduates of The Stand’s comedy classes take to the stage. The Comic Club Blackfriars, 36 Bell Street, 552 5924. 9pm. £5 (£4). Michael Redmond indulges in some deadpan drollness, on a bill which also features Susanne Fraser, James Campbell, open- spotter Harry Al ha and MC Viv Gee. Madcap Come y Club State Bar, 148 Holland Street, 357 5387. 9.30pm. £4 (£3). Gerry Grant is the man with the comedy plan, with support to be confirmed.
Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 1—3pm. Free with drinks or a meal. See Sun 11.
SOS: Six On Sunday The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 8.30pm. £3 (£2). The gagtastic Graeme Thomas hosts this mixed bag of comedy capers, featuring both established and new acts, including smooth-taking sillyman Kevin Hayes and tacky trickster Reg ‘Voodoo’ Anderson.
Fife Comedy Club Path Tavern, Mid Street, 01592 263671. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). Joon Broon comperes a value for money night with stints by Ronnie Rigsby, local talent Fin MacArthur, James Ferguson and John Sinclair.
Bob Doolally: A Life in Football The Stand, 333 Woodlands Road, 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £5 (£4). Plenty of ﬁlthy football rantings are promised as this crazy comedian takes to the stage on the Scottish leg of his nationwide tour.
Big Room New Act Showcase The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 8.30pm. £1. Compere Keara Murphy keeps a watchful eye over comedy newcomers with help from stand-up veterans Bruce Devlin and Graeme Thomas.
NEW CLUB Robert Knox
Glasgow: Bar 10, every Sun, and last Sat of each month at Borders Books.
A nice pair of Knox
Poetry is, alas, no great money-spinner. A few prizewinners eke out a living with the odd slender volume, but for the most part versifiers are reduced to daytime jobs and jotting out the odd profundity in spare evenings under the standard lamp. Unless of course they can combine it with another medium. Comedy is one area where the poet's muse can manifest itself in front of a wider audience but, even here, only the odd John Hegley or John Cooper Clark manage to imprint themselves on the public’s memory.
A recent exponent of this marginalised form in the comedic world is Robert Knox, who's played to increasingly receptive audiences over recent years. The secret, he assures us, is keeping his work approachable. ‘When I started out a couple of years back, I’d be introduced as a poet, and people would go "oh no",’ he says. ’But once you get them onside, they go with it and have a laugh. I write poems about things like bad haircuts, big women, and guys that go around playing the lad when they’re 28 and live with their parents. After all, everyone's had a bad haircut sometime.’ I’m reluctant to ask about the big women.
Knox is running his own club, Cabaret In The Cafe, a brave move, given the market commanded by the bigger promoters, but he feels he has an edge, since admission is free. The clubs feature young stand-ups and beginners in guest spots. 'Since the audience doesn’t pay seven quid to get in, everyone, performers and audiences, are more relaxed, and enjoy it more.’ (Steve Cramer)
York Place, 558 7272. 9.30pm. £1 per person to play. See Wed 14.
Glasgow The Fred MacAulay Show The Stand,
Joon Broon’s Pants The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 9pm. £5. Glasgow Stand compere Joon is joined on her sell-out show by feisty duo Pauline M. and
Gillian Morrison for cabaret and comic performances.
Midsummer Cabaret King Tut’s Wah Wah llut, 272a St Vincent Street. Info: 0141 332 8064. 8.30pm. £5 advance. A fundraiser for the Education For Sustainable Communities project, featuring comedy from everyone’s favourite funster Phil Kay, plus guests, alongside music and cabaret, including Jazz Nino and Sirens.
Bob Doolally: A Life in Football The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 7.30pm. £5 (£4). Kick start Euro 2000 with some ferocious football banter as Bob continues his tour. Not one for the faint- hearted.
World Of Comedy Quiz The Stand, 5
333 Woodlands Road, 0870 600 6055. 8.15pm. £6 (£5). Fred takes time out from his hefty TV schedule to appear at his monthly slot in Glasgow. He is joined by special guest Tim Clark and resident duo Bill Dewar and Brian Hennigan in their ‘Useless Guide to Scotland’.
It's A Scream Curlers, 256 Byres Road, 338 6511. 9.30pm. £4 (£3). Glasgow girl Janey Godley headlines the humour, with support from James Campbell and Richard Smith.
Madcap Comedy Club State Bar, 148 Holland Street, 357 5387. 9.30pm. £4 (£3). The guitar-toting Sandy Nelson takes top slot with support from Lou Chawner and Liz Sneddon.
The Stand The Stand, 5 York Place, 558 7272. 9pm. £4 (£3). More hilarious goings-on as Joon Broon comperes a packed line-up with Frankie Boyle, John McBride and James Ferguson.
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