Comedy y . . I ' ' A - POP COMEDY SUPERGIRLY 732887. 8.15pm. £5 (£4). Polished stand- Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Tue 20 Mar; Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow. Thu 22 W tip from Bruce Morton who flies solo lllls

Mar; Rothes Hall, Glenrothes, Fri 23 Mar; MacRobert, Stirling, Sat 24 Mar.



Karen Dunbar Live (‘itizens' Theatre. 1 19 (iorbals Street. 4290022. 7.30pm. £12. ('lim'in ' The l-kit's funny lady takes to the stage in her first solo variety show.

The Tennent’s Football Roadshow ('aledonian Students lfnion. 70 ('owcaddens Road. 332 0681. 8pm. Free. You've heard him on BBC's ()jf'l'lw Bull. ranted at his column in the Hui/y Rt't'ul'd. and How's your chance to have your say as Tam ('owan goes on the road with side-kick Stuart ('osgrove. no doubt stopping off at a few restaurants along the way.

The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). [any mental meandering from Allan Miller. who is joined on stage by compere (iraeme Thomas and three Velvet Virgins.

Dr Gorman’s Comedy Club Dr (iorman‘s. King Street. Rutherglen. ()7714 900720. 8.30pm. Free. Rescheduled night for this new monthly comedy club featuring Sandy Nelson and compere Jamie Robinson.

Madcap Comedy Club The State Bar. 148 Holland Street. 332 2159. 9.30pm. £5 (£4). Stand-up stalwart Bruce Morton flies solo this evening.


Reg Anderson’s Comedy Cellar Fin MacCools, 161 Lothian Road, 622 7109. 9pm. Free. Boisterous banter courtesy of l)es McLean. John Sinclair and Charlie Ross in an evening compered by Reg Anderson.

The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £4 (£3). John (iillick indulges in some amiable observational antics. Fin MacArthur. Ricky Callan and Iain Smith complete the line-up.


Karen Dunbar Live (‘itizens‘ Theatre. I 19(iorbals Street. 429 0022. 7.30pm. £12. See Thu 15.

The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. ()870 600 6055. 9pm. £6 (£5). Dubliner John Henderson headlines this St Patrick's weekend gig whilst John (iillick and Jane Mackay join in with the comic craic. Vladimir McTavish guests in the cotnpere spot.


Comic Relief Night Queen Margaret College Student Union. Clerwood Terrace. 317 3401. 9pm. £2.50. The Live Comic Society‘s showcase comedy evening compered by Keara Murphy who introduces BBC New Comedy Award finalist l)es McLean. with support from l)es Clarke and Chris Broomfield. Students and guests only. For more information. call 07808 768916.

The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £6 (£5). Northern lad Toby Foster is the evening's leading light with star backing from Allan Miller. Sandra Johnstone and Steven Dick.

The Bedlam lmproverts Bedlam Theatre. 1 lb Bristo Place. 225 9893. 10pm. £3 (£2.50). Late night laughter involving much audience participation. drunken revelry and spontaneous comedv games. '


Phil Kay Adam Smith Theatre. Bennochy Road. 01592 412929. 8pm. £10 (£9). Venture into the surreal world of Phil Kay for a night of eccentric endeavours.


Madcap Comedy Club At Cumbernauld Theatre Cumbernauld Theatre. Kildrum. ()1236


Dundee Comedy Club The 1)oghouse. 13 Brown Street. ()1382 227080. 9pm. £5 (£4). Richard Allen. Charlie Ross and (iraham Philips join hostess with the mostess Joon Broon.


Karen Dunbar Live (‘itizens‘ Theatre. 1 19 (iorbals Street. 4290022. 7.30pm. £12. See Thu 15.

The Stand The Stand. 333 \V'oodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 9pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 16.

Madcap Comedy Club The State Bar. 148 Holland Street. 332 2159. 9.30pm. £7 (£6). Stand-up stalwart Bruce Morton indulges in some smooth observational antics. Backing comes from Charlie Ross and resident host Billy Bonkers.

Edinburgh The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 16.

Sunday 18


The Vigorous Lime Quiz Of Joy Curlers. 256 Byres Road. 338 651 1. 8pm. Free. Brush tip on your trivia. witty responses and current affairs for a chance to win the first prize of a crate of beer at this weekly quiz night.

Velvet Virgins Showcase The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £3 (£2). (iradttates of The Stand's comedy course take their first steps on the comedy road. attempting to follow in the footsteps of headliner Allan Miller.

Blackfriars Comedy Club Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 07075 123459. 9pm. £5 (£4). Line-up still to be confirmed.


Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 1pm. Free with drinks or a meal. Freestyle funniness from resident duo Paul and Stuart.

The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £3 (£2). Tonight‘s stand-up six pack includes John (iillick. John Littlejohn and lgor Mental.


Women’s Comedy Workshops The Doghouse. 13 Brown Street. 01382 227080. 2~4pm. Joon Broon hosts these weekly workshops to coincide with International Women's 1)av.


Fife Comedy Club Path Tavern. Mid Street. 01592 263671. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). Tonight‘s patter merchants are John Henderson. Sandra Johnstone and Iain Smith.

Monday 1 9


Crazy Ape Comedy Club Bar Zoo. 80 Dumbarton Road. 334 8012. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). Trademark lunatic ranting from Allan Miller. with backing from Susanne Fraser. Scott Agnew takes on compering responsibilities. introducing the semi-final of the Metz 2001 New Comedy Challenge.

Edinburgh Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £1. Headline act

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Supergirly have sold out more nights at the Edinburgh Fringe than most stand-ups have had hot dinners. Their fans include Madonna, Jennifer Saunders and last but not least Bananarama. They even did a private performance round Elton John’s pad to an allstar audience made up of the Spice Girls, Michael Douglas and Mick Jagger no less.

But what is it that they actually do to garner all this attention from the rich and famous? Well Louise McClatchy and Jai Simeone take a selection of today’s poptastic hits and add their own ‘unique’ lyrics. Musical masterworks from the likes of Ricky Martin, S Club 7 and Britney all get a comedy reworking. In fact, the only song they would never touch is ‘Candle In The Wind’ for, as Louise puts it, ‘obvious reasons’.

The Aussie duo went down a storm at the Fringe, which lead to a spot on BBC Saturday morning show Live & Kicking. Making the transition from saucy stage show to kids TV proved to be fairly easy: ‘We are a bit cartoony anyway; the stuff we wear and the way we act and pull faces. We are very

childish,’ admits Louise.

But as they become more famous, with a sitcom on the way, they are starting to mix with the stars they playfully ridicule. So has anyone been offended? ‘Steps didn’t want to do a sketch with us,’ the blonde comedian confesses, but ‘a lot of them have been going “when are you doing my song?” and get really narky that we aren’t doing their stuff yet.’

(Henry Northmore)

John Littlejohn is the tried and tested professional at this comedy newcomers run-out.

Tuesday 20


Supergirly Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. 668 2019. 8pm. £12. An all-new show as the girls begin their Btisting ()ut tour. giving all pop hits that get in their way a hilarious mauling.

Amnesty International Benefit The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £6 (£4). Boothby (iraffoe stands-up once again for freedom at this charity gig in aid of the Scottish arm of Amnesty International. Jane Mackay comperes.

Wednesday 21


CACK Bar Zoo. 80 [)umbarton Road. 334 8012. 8.30pm. £3 (£2). Fortnightly newcomers comedy evening featuring six open mic try-outs. vying for their position in the Melt 2001 New Comedy Challenge.


Crazy Cabaret The Stand. 5 York P1acc.558 7272. 8pm. £4 (£3). A pic ‘n' this of comedy and magic complete with unusual characters and an assortment of /any nonsense.

Reg Anderson’s Fun Quiz Night The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9.30pm. £1 to play. Pit your wits against host Reg Anderson for the chance to win cash and pri/es.


Carlsberg Ice Comedy Network University ()1 Paisley. ('raigie Campus. Beech (irove. 01292 886330. 8pm. £3. Age and an unfortunate dress sense don’t seem to be standing in the way of young Daniel Kitson. Thu! Peter Kay 'I‘liing star takes his self-deprecatng humour to Ayr with backing from funnygirl Karen Taylor. Students and guests only.


Supergirly Pavilion Theatre. 121 Renlield Street. 332 1846. 7.30pm. £12. See Tue 20.

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