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The Vigorous Lime Quiz Of Joy ('nrlcrx. 35o Bum Road. 333051 I. Spin. lircc. Scc Sun 15.

Six On Sunday 'l'lic Stand. 33% \Vmitlluntlx Riignl, ()Sqll (till) 0055 3.30pm. £3 «£2 l. 'l'hix c\cnin;_"x Sundu} night xi\ puck includcx .lohn (iordon .ind l‘rnnk ()ninn.

Blackfriars Comedy Club lildt‘kll‘lnl'x. 50 BC” Sll’t‘t‘l, Hill—5.5 135-15". ‘lpni. £5 it'll Linc-up xlill lo hc conlirnicd.

Canvas Comedy Club (11mm.

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Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? l'lic Stand. 5 York I’lgicc. 55X "252. Ipni. l'i'cc \\ ilh drinkx or .i incul. Scc Sun l5.

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Fife Comedy Club I’ulh linci'n. .\lid Sll‘ccl. 1H5”: 30307 I. Sfilllim. {—1 1L5 l. l’ilc lunxlcrx .loon Broon and John Sinclair phi} hoxl lo ('olc l’ni'kcr. .\l.n‘tin l‘nrh} and John McBridc.


islx'l EC: é :59 ll SKITTERS The Stand, Edinburgh, Tue 27 Mar 00..

The Skitters are back, in their new and improved slimmed-down line-up. The sketch group was previously bursting at the seams with the frankly extravagant line-up of nine performers. Now stripped down to a much healthier four, the group is fighting fit and ready to show you a good time. And that is exactly what they do.

Changing the line-up from nine to four has marked a huge difference in the nature of the performance. It has allowed each performer more versatility, and John Littlejohn, Colin Ramone, Miles Jupp and Julie Coombe have

seized the opportunity.

In this kind of performance, timing is crucial, and Skitters are a text book example of perfect pacing. So even when the punchline is glaringly obvious to everyone in the audience, they turn this around and use it to their advantage, manipulating the audience expectations to great effect.

Much of the humour is incredibly childish, with many scenes degenerating into playground cursing. There are some fantastic ideas floating around, but these do tend to be swamped by opting for the easy way out. However, they appear to be perfectly aware of what they are doing, and quite proud of the immature direction the show often takes. During one scene where Oedipus has been taken by his mother to see a psychiatrist - Jupp and Littlejohn are reduced to standing at the back of the stage giggling while Ramone and Coombe kneel at the front yelling profanities in rhyming couplets. This is the secret to the success of this show they know what they‘re doing, and what’s more, they enjoy doing it. And therefore, so do the audience. (Sharon Cribbin)

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Julie Coombe maps out the new, improved Skitters


Crazy Ape Comedy Club Bar Am. Nil lhnnhnrlon Road. 33.1 Null. SMHHH. H (U). .\lnch l;nig_'hlcr and inci'riincnl coul'lcx} ol' Dcx (dill'ht‘. (icc/alnp illlti rcxidcnt hoxl .lninic Rohinxon. .ix \\c|| ;l\ lhc iixunl L‘Uitllll'llli :ixxoruncnl ol coincd} chullcngc cntranlx.


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Tuesday 24


Pants Still On Fire with Michael Kerins ('ili/cnx‘ ’l‘hcnlrc. ll‘) (iorhnlx Sli‘ccl.-12‘)llll32.7.3(lpin. [S l H l. .\l;ixlcr xlor} lcllcr .\lich;icl Kcrinx rclurnx lo lhc ('il/ \\ ilh .inolhcr hilarion xhon.


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Wednesday 25


Pants Still On Fire with Michael Kerins (Illi/L‘llS. .HlL'illl'C. I l‘) (iol‘hulx Sun-L 4301lll32. 7.30pm. {H «H l. Scc 'l‘uc 24.

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Thursday 26


Pants Still On Fire with Michael Kerins ('iii/cnx‘ 'l'limnc. ll‘) (milme Slrccl.-13‘Hlll33. “.illpin. [H 1U l. Scc ’l'nc 11.

The Fred MacAulay Show 'l'lit-


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“Prima Donna Management and THE STAND Comedy Club present


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9.30pm £10 / £5 (conc)

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