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SARAH KENDALL Jongleurs, Glasgow, Thu 28 Feb-Sat 2 Mar
An Australian living in Britain is subjected to certain stereotypes. If I had a quid for every time I’ve been slapped on the back in the pub and greeted with ‘g’day mate’ I’d be far too wealthy to bother to write this piece. And just for the record, I’d never heard the form of address ‘cobber’ until I came here, and never seen a man with corks strung from his hat anywhere but on British telly. Nevertheless, we Aussies like to play up to the stereotype now and again. All, that is, but Sarah Kendall.
This young comic, whose Fringe
show War played to very receptive audiences during the Festival, doesn’t do the Aussie culture clash routine that’s become so familiar to British audiences. ‘I just don’t do the fish out of water stuff,’ she says. ‘You have to play it unnecessarily dumb, and the cultures really aren’t as different as
some people like to make out, anyway.’
This is quite characteristic of this intelligent and observant comic. War was a cut above the average Fringe show in its political observations. A monologue that addressed the entire subject of war and included references to the history of Nazism still contrived to be a very funny gig. Kendall feels that she can’t incorporate this kind of material into her much shorter stand-up act at Jongleurs, so she’s written an entirely different set. ‘There’s nothing to bring a comedy audience down like references to the Nazis,’ she says. ‘All the same, the show played surprisingly well in Germany. I was amazed at how cool they were about it. But when I thought about it, well of course they’re going to be cool. It’s a ‘tragedy past time’
sort of thing.’
The new act will also contain plenty of political references. ‘I don’t always do political comedy, but the events of the past few months have made me so angry about George W. Bush. The war was quite upsetting; I’ve never felt so helpless as I watched it happen. Bush is just obviously a puppet for big business; they don’t even try to be secretive any more, it’s quite open. And he’s so stupid. He’s always putting his foot in it. He’s the
Dan Quayle of his generation.’
But the act isn’t simply a tirade. Kendall’s work includes many pop culture references. ‘I’m a big movie girl. I go about three times a week. I’ve already written a bit about Lords Of The Rings. I watch a lot of telly and MTV, and I like to talk about that stuff in my act.’ So look out for the variety and quality of this act, but don’t expect her to give a XXXX if you call her
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Live Floor Show BB(‘. ()ltl Reception. Queen Margaret 1)ri\'e. 6.50pm. l-tee. l.i\ e recordings of BB(‘ Scotland's IIeW entertainment programme. The \litm 's core ()1 returnng pertorttters includes the Re\erend ()hadiah Steppetmolle lll. ('raig Hill. l‘rankie Bo} le. Miles Jttpp (as Rupert Donaldson) and Bob l)ool;tll}. For tickets. call ()141 5585491 or email
theli\ elloorshtm ((1 l)l)c.co.tlk.
Victoria Wood - At It Again (‘1)dc Auditorium. l-‘innieston Qua}. ()870 040 4000. 7.50pm. £33.50 £35. The Dinner [JR/NW star heads out on her ﬁrst solo tour since 1997 \\ ith the promise ()1 some radical ne\\ material.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. l'(i(’ Building. Renl'reu Street. 0870 787 0707. 7.50pm. £6. ('hirp} Londoner Keith l)o\ er. liast lind ot(ilasgo\\ I‘unn) lad} Jane} (iodle). Xe“ 7.ealand\ Brendhan 1.o\egro\c and ra/or-sharp httndle ol energetic I'unniness Junior Simpson. Danny Bhoy Queen Margaret l'nion. 33 l'ni\ersit} (iardens. 559 8585. 7.50pm. £7.50 ( £5). Witt} ()l)\et'\ttllt)lt;ll cotned\ Irom the (( inncr ol‘ the 1999 Hail} ' 'l‘elegraph Open Mic auard. .\1oI'lat-horn l)ann} Bho}. See pre\ie\s.
The Stand The Stunt . 555 \Voodlands Road. 08706006055. 8.50pm. £5 (£5 ). Maniacal. tnttsieal Irishman Joe Roone) is aided and ahetted h} Martin 1-‘urh_\. l)es McLean and compete Donna Krachan.
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The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7373. 9pm. £5 (£5). Laid-hack philosopher 1)a\'id Ka} \\ e1comes to the stage Mike Milligan. l)undee‘s Ben Dare}. arid the acerbic Bruce l)e\'lin. Reg Anderson’s Comedy Cellar l‘in Mac('oo1's. 161 l.othian Road. 633 7109. 9pm. £3. Dundee dominatrix Joon Broon jumps ship to headline a hill \\ hich includes Frank Qttittn and John McBride. Snatch Club The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 335 3564. 10pm 5am. £5.50 (£3.50). Resident compere and DJ llarr} Ainsuorth hosts this \\ eekl) carr) — on meets lli-l)e-lli dehattched eaharet.
Watson’s Wind Up (iilmorchi11(i13. 9 l'niversit} .’\\ enue. 550 5533.
1.05 1.45pm. l-i‘ce. ()n/t lel lz'u‘ttw star Jonathan Watson casts a satirical \‘oice t)\ er the \\ eek’s headlines all these 1i\e recordings. lior tickets call 0141 550 5533 or email
hoxolliceﬂt gilmoreltillg l 3.co.uk Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. t'(i(' Building. Rentreu Street. 0870 787 0707. 7.50pm. £13. See Thu 14.
The Stand The Stand. 555 Woodlands Road. ()870 6()() 6055. 9pm. £6 (£5 ). The golden ho) ()1 British coined) l)anie1 Kitson. plus Mike Milligan. Jolm l.ittle_ioltn and cotnperc Jane Macka}. See lcalure for Daniel Kitson.
Dave Gorman The l’leasance. 60 The Pleasance. 650 3549. 8pm. £10. The man who lamously searched the globe for his namesakes returns to his l‘t‘sthttl stomping ground. Tickets for this gig are like gold dust. httt tor the pri\i1eged leu- lucky enough to get their mitts on tickets. it should he interesting to hear ol (iorman's latest teqttila-t‘uelled exploits. The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7373. 9pm. £6 (£5). Best knoun as l'ill/ll’l‘ 'Ii'il‘s l-‘ather l)amo. Joe Roone} giVes tts lashtngs 61‘ his eccentric good humour. Support comes courtesy of .\‘1othet'\\ell’s Mark Bratchpiece and Martin l‘urh); Sttsan Morrison takes charge ol’ the proceedings.
Danny Bhoy Adam Smith 'l‘heatre. Bennochy Road. ()1593 413939. 8pm. £7.50 (£5 ). See preview
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Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. 1'(i(' Building. Renl'reu Street. ()870 787 0707. 7.50pm. £13. See Thu 14.
The Stand The Stand. 555 Woodlands Road. (1870 600 6055. 9pm. £7 (£4 ). See Fri 15 onl} with compete Sttsan Morrison.
Madcap Comedy Club State Bar. 148 llolland Street. 885 3554. 9.50pm. £5 (£4). .\'o-holds-barred ranting l'rom
Ra) tnond Mearns. pltts (ierry (irant. open spots. and a second appearance from hotly tipped douhle act he“ comers ('harles and Martin.
Danny Bhoy (illtletl Balloon. 255 ('ossgate. 336 6550. 8pm. £7.50 (£5). See pre\ ie“.
The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 553 7373. 9pm. £7 (£4). See l'it‘l l5 ()tll} \\ ith compet'e Jane Macka}.
Craic @ The Sac ('ul tle Sac Southside/Attic. l 179 l’ollokshaus Road. 649 1819/649 4717. 8pm. £4. lidinhurgh gagmeister (iordon Brttnton tops a hill ol local comedians introduced h} .-\1an Anderson.
Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service The Stand. 555 Woodlands Road. (1870 60(1 6055. 8.50pm. £4 (£3). (ilasgoxs ‘s adopted Irishman Michael Redmond introduces guests John (iillick. Martin l"urh_\' and three \‘e1\et \‘irgins. The Comic Club Blackl‘riars. 56 Bell Street, ()7979 550603. 9pm. £5. Boasting a new ‘.\'o Material Night‘. the stabilisers eotne oil and Des Mcl.ean. Joe lleenan. comedy heaVyxs eight Mitch Bettn and James ('amphell tr} to tree-u heel their hit} home u ithottt any broken egos. The Comedy Club @ Bar Sporto Sporto. 1 1 Waterloo Street. 9pm. l‘ree. llostess \\ ith the Inostess Jane) (iodlc)
\\ elcotnes to the stage BB(' .\'e\\ (’onted} .'\\sard linalist l)es McLean and a special in} ster} guest.
Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7373. 1pm. liree. Freestyle I'unniness and hangmer- hanishing antics I'rom resident duo l’aul Graham and Stuart Murph}.
Sunday Special - Daniel Kitson The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7373. 9pm. £7 (£6). An extended set from coined} 's reigning ‘next hig thing' \\ ho got his heart ottt at last year's l't‘stlhtl in /.()l'('. litmu‘r’lh‘r ."Ill/ T/It’ lliH't/ ('Ut‘ls‘. :\ l’ct'rier nominee and 'Ii'nu' ()Ill ('omed) Anard
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\\ hipper snapper has just ﬁnished ﬁlming his second series in Peter ls'a} 's l’llttt’lltt Nights. and a WUI'tl oI‘ \sarning: he likes it rude. See lettltlre. Live [Your .S/Imr trooper l-‘rankie Bo} 1e stands up in support.
Reg Anderson’s Big Fun Quiz Night The Waterline. l0 Burgess Street. I.eith. 554 3435. 9pm. l‘ree. .-\n oI'l‘heat coined} qui/ \\ ith karaoke. interactix'e audience games and a spot of stand-up from the man himself.
Tam Cowan’s Offside BBC. Main Reception. Queen Margaret l)ri\'c. 7.50pm. l-‘ree. hut ticketed. l‘ans ol' the beautiful game stand united in this right- royal piss-tttk‘e ()15 Scottish football hosted by Tam ('ou'an. lior tickets for these live recordings. call 0141 505 6603.
The Comedy Module Solid Rock (‘al'e West. l)umharton Road. ()7979 550603. 8.50pm. £5. 1idinhurgh-horn. guitar-toting comedian Mitch Benn makes a welcome return north ol’ the border. Hilarious aceompanitnent comes from Bill) Watson and compering trio the Trinit} ()l’ Mirth.
Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7373. 8.50pm. £1. lidinhurgh hard man James Ferguson and Lire I‘lnor .S‘lmn- memher lirankie Bo) 1e put around eight newcomers on the road to stardom.
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The Live Floor Show Workshops The Slttlltl. 555 \Vtuitlltttttls Rtitttl. (1870 600 6055. 8.50pm. liree. (‘raig llill. l-tankie Boyle. the Re\erend ()hadiah Steppenuolle 111. Rupert Donaldson (aka Miles Jupp) and Bob l)oolall} \\()I'kslt()p ideas TUI‘ BB(‘ Scotland's series.
Victoria Wood - At It Again l‘t‘811\ttl Theatre. 15 39 .\'icolson Street. 539 6000. 7.50pm. £33.50 £35. See Thu 14.
The Fred MacAuIay Show The Stand. 5 York l’1ace.558 7373. 9pm. £7 (£6). .\ monthl} slit)“ l'rom BB(‘ Scotland's \oice ol' ht‘eakl'ast radio. Reg Anderson’s Big Fun Quiz Night Noble's Bar. 44a (‘onstitution Street. l.eith. 554 3034. 9.50pm. £1 to pla). See Sttn 17.
The Fred MacAuIay Show The Stand. 555 Woodlands Road. 0870600 6055. 8.50pm. £7 (£6). See Tue 19.
The Comic Club Blackl‘riars. 56 Bell Street, (17979550603. 9.50pm. £5 (£4). Interspersing cotnie monologues \\ ith hilarious songs. Mitch Benn is this e\'ening’s star attraction. Support comes lrom lidd llammill and James (‘amphell
Victoria Wood - At It Again l‘iestiutl Theatre. 15 39 \icolson Street. 5396000. 7.50pm. £33.50 £35. See Thu 14.
Gala Comedy Benefit for Edinburgh Cyrenians The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7373. 9pm. £6 ( £4). Scotland's coined) stars turn ottt (or this charit} e\ening in aid of lidinhurgh ('}i'enians.
Departure Lounge @ PopRokit l’opRok‘it. 3 l’icard} Place. 556 4373. 10pm lam. l-‘ree. l’errier .\'e\\ comer 3001 \\ inncrs I)a\e Strong and Hair} :\ins\\ot'th (aka local lads liddic Mc(’ahc and (Earth ('ruiksliank) host this shamholic excursion into coined} qui/land.
Trev And Simon St Andre“ s Student l'nion. St Marys Place. 01554 463700. 8pm. £6 (£5 ). l.tt‘t' (UNI Kicking laxouritcs 'l‘re\ and Simon return With their uninspired l‘ringe \lIt)\\ ('trt‘tts ()/ Iz't‘il.