The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 9pm. £6 (£5). The Fast Shaw‘s Simon Day takes his range of comic characters to the Stattd. Support comes from Shelagh Martin. (’harlie Ross and guest compere Vladimir Me'l‘avish.


The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £6 (£5). Madcap Frankie Boyle does a turn in the headline spot. Support comes from Liverpool's Richard Allen. lidinburgh’s James Ferguson and compere Jane Mackay.


The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 9pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 4.

Madcap Comedy Club State Bar. I48 Holland Street. 883 2334. 9.30pm. £5 (£4). Hilarious high jinx courteson Joe Ileenan and storyteller James Campbell. plus compere Billy Bonkers and guests.

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


The Live Floor Show Workshops The Stand. 333 \V'oodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. Free. Resident comedians from BBC Scotland‘s flagship new comedy show workshop ideas for the first series. See (‘raig Hill. Frankie Boyle. the Reverend ()badiah Steppenwolle III. Miles Jtipp and Bob I)oolaIIy do their thing and best of all. it's completely free.


Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. lpm. Free. Freestyle l'unniness and hangover-banishing antics l'rom resident duo Paul (iraham and Stuart Murphy.

Sunday Special - Simon Day The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £7 (£6). From Billy Bleach to Tommy (‘ocklcx The HM! Show to Shakes/ware In l.()\‘(‘. Simon Day is a master of the comic character and can turn his hand tojust abotit anything. (‘urrently recording 'l'l’ Burp with Harry Hill. Day takes time out to ptit in an extended live set.


The Live Floor Show BBC. Main Reception. Queen Margaret Drive. 6.30pm. Free. Pilot recording of BBC Scotland‘s new comedy. music and entertainment programme. The show's core of returning performers includes the Reverend ()badiah Steppenwoll‘e. (‘raig Hill. Frankie Boyle. Miles Jtipp and Bob I)oolally. Live recordings begin at the end of January. and each week there will also be two guests from the international comedy circuit and a live hand. For tickets. call 0l4l 338 349l or email thelivelloorshowm‘


Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £l. Seasoned professionals Miles Jupp and John Littlejohn put around eight comedy newcomers through their paces.


Heriot-Watt Comedy Club Heriot-Watt l7niversity linion. Riccarton. 451 5333. 9pm. £3. More student-friendly banter courtesy of compere Frankie Boyle. the always affable Joe Heenan and the almighty Reverend ()badiah Steppenwoll‘e III. Students and guests only.

Bruce Morton Presents The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £6 (£4). Stand-up old timer Bruce Morton hosts another night showcasing new comedy talent and special guests.

Reg Anderson’s Big Fun Quiz Night Noble's Bar. 44a ('onstitution Street. Leith. 554 2024. 9.30pm. £1 to play. (io head to head with Reg ‘know -it-al|' Anderson for the chance to win cash and prizes in this cult quiz. cabaret.

Wednesday 9


Bruce Morton Presents The Stand. 33.3 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £6 (£4). See Tue 8.


Departure Lounge @ PopRokit PopRokit. 2 Picardy Place. 556 4272. 9.30pm. Free. Harry :\ins\yot'1lt (aka Perrier New comer w inner (iarth Cruikshank) tests the mettle of' his quiz. cabaret devotees in a nail-biting light to the finish. Only the quickest. witliest and hrainiest cart expect to walk away with the top prize of a case of K ('ider.

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Opening weekend Fri 11—Sat 12 Jan, Jongleurs, Glasgow.

Colin Murphy: tiptoeing on the cusp of a big break

For some it was about as eagerly awaited as a hernia op. for others it was the glamour opportunity to break into the big time. Regardless of this mixed outlook. UK chain Jongleurs is opening its first comedy club north of the border in Glasgow. What will be one of fourteen clubs nation-wide. Jongleurs chose Glasgow because of the City's Vibrancy and sooable atiriospliere. The venue itself is situated in the former Apollo theatre and is part of a growing entertainment Mecca in the new UGC building on Renfrew Street.

Naturally any commerCial chain with financial clout will have its Critics. its a cafe'; ‘It's a nightclub'; “It's too sanitised for comedy': these are just a few of the snide shots levelled at its comedy enVirons. That said. .Jongleurs make no apology for their tireless devotion to entertainment. The comedy empire is unstinting in its determination to give people a good night out fOr their money. Music. food. drinks and daiicing are all trimmings on the package its clients have come to expect. but it is stand-up comedy which is the cruoal element.

The bills Will be impressive. but with a weekend ticket price of $312. that's no less than should be expected. The opening night alone has Northern ireland's Colin Murphy and Canada's Craig Campbell, and general manager Alan Russell can assure consistent high quality of acts. He says: ‘Jongletirs tends to be a showcase or a Circuit for people who are lost about on the cusp of getting their big break on teleViSion. They're Just about on top of their form on the stand-tip circuit.‘ After two hours of top notch stand-up. the floor is cleared and the dOOrs are opened to accommodate 800 bodies dancing to pure. unadulterated cheese.

Jongleurs isn't yoor average comedy club: it's more of an entertainment experience than a comedy show. Laughter is high on the agenda but not all of that will be thanks to the comedians. 'l wowd imagine that by the time the comics. the Budweiser and the crowd have all had an opportunity to meet with one another full-on. that c0uld be quite good fun." says Russell. ‘Quite good fun for the comics as well. because it‘s relatively interactive in my opinion there's nothing better than a Glasgow crowd heckling. I think the comics will be kept on their toes.‘ (Maureen Ellis)

This grid includes theatre and dance performances at Glasgow and Edinburgh’s main theatres. More information, including events at smaller venues, can be found in the listings above and over the page. Performances shown in brackets are free or reduced price previews.

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