Thu 8, Edinburgh
Bob Doolally l‘in MacCools. l6l l.othian Road. 622 7I()9. 9pm. Free. Washed tip footie has-been with his supremely tongue-in-cheek shovv. ‘A Life In Football‘.
Big Word Performance Poetry Crilded Saloon. 233 Covvgate. 2266550. 0pm. £4 (£3). Dominic Harris vvaxes lyrical on life. alongside the incisive Rodney Relax. Rebecca Thompson and local lad Bob Shields in another instalment of the fortnightly high energy poetry cabaret. Anita (iovan and Jem Rolls take charge of the mic.
Ian Cognito Albert llalls. Dumbarton Road. 0|786 473544. 8pm. £5 (£3). The Comedy Clth present the outrageous Ian Cognito vvho tackles risque subjects vvith his deft humour.
A Different Night Out Queen's Park (ilasshouses. Victoria Road. 0777‘) 272 46]. 8pm lam. l‘ree. but recommended donation of £20. Charity evening in aid of Cancer Research and Mencap featuring a host of live music and comedy. Chris Broomlield. Keara Murphy. John Ross and Colin Mc(iil| are charged vv ith making the laughter matter. The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 08706006055. 8.30pm. £6 (£5). Mtisical shenanigans from diminutive Liverpool lad Steve (iribben. pIUs John (iillick. rising star Teddy and cotnpere Jane Mackay.
The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £6 (£5). Rhinestone covvgirl Tina C drags it tip. vvith backing from Joe lleenan and .lohn (iordon. Susan Morrison takes the compering honours.
Dundee Comedy Club The Doghouse. l3 Brovvn Street. (H382 227080. 9pm. £5 (£4). ()utrageous ranting frotn Jan Cognito. who is aided and abetted by Frank Quinn. (iraeme Mackic and compere Joon Broon.
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The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 9 only with compere Susan Morrison.
Madcap Comedy Club State Bar. I48 llolland Street. 357 5387. 9.30pm. £5 (£4). More hyperactive hilarity from Dav id Keay and James Campbell. Edinburgh
The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 9. but Jane Mackay cracks the whip as compere.
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Jill Peacock struts her stuff around town
Gilded Balloon Comedy Nights Paisley Arts Centre. New Street. 887
I010. 8.30pm. £8 (£4). Edinburgh's (iordon Brunton tops a bill which includes young (ilasgovv lad l)es Clarke. the maniacal Allan .Miller and compere Jill Peacock.
Johnny Vegas Tron Theatre. 63 'l‘rongate. 552 4267. 8pm. £l() (£8). The inebriated master potter and pathos- inducing singalong specialist best knovvn for being upstaged on telly by a knitted puppet. See prev ievv.
OOT - Out On Sunday The Stand. 333 \Voodlands Road. ()870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £5 (£4 ). Camp capers courtesy of comperc Craig Hill vvho vvelcomes country drag queen Tina C. Jane Mackay and ‘campest link’ host Jill Peacock into his gay-friendly fold.
The Carlsberg Scottish Comedy Competition Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 9.30pm. £3. Six comedians line tip for the first heat of this competition to find new comedy talent. liach comedian is Scottish or based in Scotland and has been performing for less than three years. Acts have just three minutes to vvin over the crovvd. and the winner vvill be decided purely by audience lesptmse.
Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. lpm. l‘ree vv ith drinks or a meal. See Stilt 4.
Six On Sunday The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £3 (£2). Compete Brendan Moohan introduces some posh pontilicating from this year's So Yoti Think You're l‘unny vvinner Miles Jupp. plus Sandra Johnston and three guests.
Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £l. Nevvcomers' try-out night hosted by upper class toff Miles
J tipp and headlined by Dundee lad Ben Darcy.
John Oliver The Pleasance. 60 The Pleasancc. 650 ‘)l‘)5. 8pm. £6 (£4). David Baddiel look and soundalike ()liver indulges in some laid-back laughter antics. This Comedy Network evening also includes try-outs for the Daily Yeleeruplr ()pen Mic Avvard.
OOT - Out On Tuesday The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £5 (£4). More cross-dressing shenanigans from American drag queen and celebrity mimic Kandi Kane. As usual Craig Hill oversees
the gay-friendly proceedings. and is also ; Joined by Jane Mackay and competition
host Jill Peacock.
I of Neil Maclﬁtrlane and compere James
MARK THOMAS - DAMBUSTERS: TALES OF DISSENT .0...
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 6 & Wed 7 Nov; Cottier Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 8 Nov.
‘Was ‘ilarious’ Some master of understatement once called Mark Thomas 'a man with views'. Actually. he‘s a man with facts. Not ‘pub facts' as Thomas says. but hard facts. the kind that“ sicken you. As with his television show The Mark Thomas Product. Thomas arms himself and us with facts to tell a story of outrageous crimes against humanity. And Thomas wields facts like Cruise missiles.
The facts pertain to the llisu Dam planned for the Tigris River in a Kurdish region of Turkey. the international government-business coalition funding it. the environmental disaster it will cause. the campaign against it and the human rights abuses resulting from that. Here's a few: if the dam is built. 78.000 people will lose their homes and livelihood and the 10.000-year-old town of Hasankeyf will be flooded. The Turkish state sanctions the use of torture. rape and murder. The British government is considering backing the dams UK construction company Balfour Beatty with $200 million guarantee of tax payer's money.
Thomas is a born storyteller. He weaves his staggering encyclopaedic knowledge of the facts of human rights abuses world over into a sprawling tale that's by turns deeply shocking, movrng and funny (as Thomas' human rights lawyer friend said of his torture by Turkish police. ‘Was 'ilarious'). Thomas weaves in the bombing of Afghanistan. not because it's news. but because the Turkish- American pact against Afghanistan is undermining the campaign against llisu. which priOr to 1 1 September was on the brink of victOry.
A Kurdish rape victim told Thomas: ‘You must tell everybody everything.‘ In two hours on stage. he did his best. This IS way beyond mere stand-up.
(Miles Fielder) I llisu Darn Campaign: Box 270. 266 Banbury Road. Oxford OX2 70L. 0 7865 200550. www. llisu. org. uk
The Comic Club Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 07979 550 602. 9.30pm. £5 (£4). (J‘lasgovv‘s Janey (iodley makes a triumphant return. vvith support courtesy
for Irish japcster Patrick McDonnell. Colin Ramone and three Velvet Virgins.
New Material Comedy Night (iilded Saloon. 233 (‘ovvgate. 226 6550. 7.30pm. £2. Nevv material hot off the heads of the hysterically sharp Ricky
Campbell. Callan and surreally tvvisted James . Campbell. Jill Peacock keeps the lads in Edinburgh line.
The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £5 (£3). Laid-back one- liner specialist David Kay. effervescent Martin l-‘urby and the matronly Marjorie join resident host Joon Broon.
Reg Anderson’s Comedy Cellar l‘in MacCools. l6] l.othian Road. 622 710‘). 9pm. Free. Dave Williams and Sandy Nelson take responsibility for the laughter quota.
Noble Comedy Noble‘s Bar. 44a Constitution Street. [.eith. 554 2024. 9pm. Free. Music man Sandy Nelson and patter merchant Dave Williams are doubly game for a laugh.
A Kick Up The Tabloids The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £5 (£4). Breaking news from around the world is treated with check. irreverence and blatant contempt in some side- splitting topical satire from The Stand‘s resident nevvs bounds and political polemicists.
The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlanth Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £5 (£3). Resident host Frankie Boyle makes vvay