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Where the /aughter matters

ANYTHING EDINBURGH CAN DO _ it's official. Glasgow's gone comedy 188thle may. Planning for

James Campbell's inaugural l08tl‘~.'€tl is well underway ‘.'.’li1) acts such as Daniel Kitson. Simon Munnery. Dan Antopolsk) and Ross Noble firing on all cylinders ll) June. But hark. now the Stand is getting in on the action ‘.'.’ltll another Glasgow C medy Festrxal planned (or March 9001-). lt's working It) conjunction wrth Glasgow City Council. and rat): the backing of the money men and their business expertsse. it looks like it’s going to be a good 'un. Expect bitter l’l‘.'{11ll(-}S to be talked up )n the press in the run up to both. but (it our opinion. there's plenty room for everyone. CONGRATS TO DES CLARKE for winning yet another title. Yes, the pint-sized ditherer has been named by the Chortle website (www.chortle.co.uk) as ‘Best Open Mic’. How one so experienced should be bestowed with such an honour isn’t clear, but heck, he deserves it. What’s more, fans of the thrice thwarted runner- up specialist can now wake up to his dulcet tones on Beat 106’s breakfast show.


tollomng Ill the footsteps of young Des. then James Campbell is organising a series 0" workshops for budding have-a-go laughter heroes. 'l he ten week course '.'/!11 begin on Wednesday 10 April. Culmlnatlng :n a sl‘:>‘.'.case at aforementioned June C;()l‘.)€(,ly festival. and anyone interested should call 07970 13550002 or email James’flgamescamt)oell.:r)to

IT’S ALL HAPPENING OVER AT Big Word HQ. Not content with a blossoming Edinburgh audience for their hyperactive performance poetry, Jem Rolls and co are spreading the good word in Glasgow. It’s all kicking off with a slam at 92 on Sunday 7 April, before the monthly spots at Nice’n’Sleazy start on Wednesday 17 April. Despair not Edinburgh legion, because the fortnightly Gilded Saloon nights will continue, plus there’s a bigger and better slam planned for June, at La Belle Angele no less.

Daniel Kitson


Live Floor Show BB(‘. ()1t1 Reception. Queen Margaret Drive. 0.30pm. Free. Live recordings of BBC Scotland's cotnedy. music and entertaintnent programme. The show's core of returning performers includes the Reverend ()badiah Steppenwolfe. Craig Hill. Frankie Boyle. Miles Jtipp and Bob 1)oolally. For tickets. call 0141 338 3491 or email thelivelloorshow(a bbc.co.uk. Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. l'CiC Building. Renfrew Street. 0870 787 0707. 7.30pm. £0. Charistnatic gagster Miles Crawford. local lad (ierry (irant and towering Aussie Colin Cole.

The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 000 0055. 8.30pm. £5 (£3 l. Chirpy Irishman Brendan Riley indulges in some likeable humour. (‘ompere David Kay also introduces giggle guarantors Colin Ratnone and 1.i/. Sneddon.


Monkey TV Auditions 'l’lie Rlllliili(1\ Hotel. Rutland Street. 0207 324 51 10. 7-‘).30pm. Popstars just got ugly. Whether it's weird. wacky. filthy or gross. the producers of 77-7 l-"rir/uv are on the lookout for anyone willing to demonstrate their bizarre party tricks. The new television series w ill showcase our society's unusually gifted oddballs. and since the only proviso is originality. we challenge you to do your worst.

The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £5 (£3). Irish charmer Deirdre ()‘Kane headlines. ably supported by John McBride. Tim Lawrence. Marjorie and compere Jill Peacock.

Reg Anderson’s Comedy Cellar Fin MacCool's. 101 Lothian Road. 022

7 l0‘). 9pm. £2. (iagmeister (iot'don Brunton takes top billing in an all-star line-up which includes Ricky Callan and Neil Mcl-‘arlane.

Monkey TV Auditions The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 0207 3240 5110. 10pm 3am. See Thu 14.

Snatch Club The Liquid Room. 0c Victoria Street. 225 2504. 10pm 3am. £3.50 (£2.50). DJ Harry :\ins\y()rth and competition host Dave Strong (aka Perrier Newcomer winners (iartl) Cruikshank and liddie McCabe) celebrate two years in the Snatch business with a birthday special.

East Kilbride

The Weird Sisters Fast Killiride Arts Centre. ()ld ('oach Road. 01355 201000. 8pm. £7 (£5). tidinhurgh Fringe regulars the Weir'd Sisters are back to take you on a madcap theatrical world tour.


Watson’s Wind Up (iilmorehill(il2. ‘) l'niversity‘ Avenue. 3305522.

1.05 1.45pm. Free. ()nlv :tn [zit'r‘uw star Jonathan Watson casts a satirical voice over the week‘s headlines at these live recordings. For tickets call 0141 330 5522 or email

bosofticew gilmorehillg I 2.co.uk Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. t'(iC Building. Renfrew Street, ()870 787 0707. 7.30pm. £12. See Thu 14.

The Stand The Stand. 33.3 \Voodlands Road. 0870 000 0055. 0pm. £0 (£5 1. Welsh surrealist .\'oel James headlines. and is ably supported by lreland's Deirdre 0' Kane. John McBride and comperc Stisat) Morrison.


Monkey TV Auditions (ii-and Cru. 7‘) Hanover Street. 0207 324 5110.

l 1.30am 3pm. See Thu 14.

The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 0pm. £0 (£5). Cheeky chappic Brendan Riley headlines. with support from Colii) Ramone. Paul McNeill and guest compere Craig Hill.

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Colin Murphy headlines the Stand, Glasgow, Fri 22

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Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. l'GC Building. Renfrew Street. 0870 787 0707. 7.30pm. £12. See Thu 14.

The Stand The Stand. 33.3 Woodlands Road. 0870 000 0055. 9pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 15.

Madcap Comedy Club State Bar. I48 Holland Street. 883 2334. 9.30pm. £5 (£4). Straight-talking Janey (iodley‘ is the evening‘s leading lady. Scott Agnew. Billy Watson and Alison Munro stand-up in support.

Edinburgh The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £7 (£4). See Fri 15.


Snoddy BBC. ()ld Reception. Queen Margaret Drive. 305 0002. 0.45pm. Free. but ticketed. Live recordings of BBC Scotland's new sit-com starring (iregor Fisher. Set in a (ilasgow police station. Fisher trades his string vest and buckie bottle for police chief stripes and a golfing habit. Call for tickets or email ticketstcomedyunit.co.uk

Craic @ The Sac (‘ul de Sac Southside/Attic. 1 17‘) Pollokshaws Road. 049 1819/04‘) 4717. 8pm. £4. lrish/lranian/(ieordie stand-up Patrick Monahan headlines this St Paddy's night gig. See preview.

St Patrick’s Day Special The Stand. 333 \Voodlattds Road. 0870 000 0055. 8.30pm. £0 (£5). (ilasgow‘s adopted Irishman celebrates St Paddy's day in style with fellow countrylolk Kevin Hayes and Deirdre ()‘Kane.

The Comedy Club @ Bar Sporto Sporto. l 1 \Vatet‘loo Street. 550 5020. 0pm. Free. More hilarious antics courtesy of Brian Fox. .\'eil McFarlane and compere Janey (iodley.


Whose Lunch is It Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 1pm. Free. Freestyle funniness and hangover- banishing antics from resident duo Paul Graham and Stuart Murphy.

Six On Sunday The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £3 (£2). End the weekend on a high note with Sandy Nelson. (irant ()‘Rourke. three guests and compere David Kay.

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Tam Cowan’s Offside BBC. Main Reception. Queen Margaret Drive. 730an Free. but ticketed. Fans ()f the beautiful game stand united in this right- royal piss-take ()f Scottish football hosted by Tam Cowan. tixpect celebrity guests being mauled by Motherwell's trendy pie-eater and Tam's inimitable expert commentary on the weekend’s sporting action. For tickets for these live recordings. call ()l4l 305 0002.

The Comedy Module Solid Rock Cafe West. Dumbarton Road. 550 5020. 9pm. £3. Furious. disjointed ramblings from local lad Des Clarke. ably supported by Jamie McKenzie and comperes the Trinity ()f Mirth.


Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £1. Host Martin Furby and headliner (irant ()‘Rourke unleash around eight newcomers on a suspecting comedy audience.

Hang The V.J. The Three Sisters. 139 Cowgate. 022 0800. 9pm lam. Free. Join Harry Ainsworth and Dave Strong (aka 2001 Perrier Newcomer winners Ciarth Cruikshank and liddie McCabe) as they trawl the murky depths of the pop abyss in their new weekly qui/ show. Expect their usual blend of cheeky questions and ruthless audience baiting set against a backdrop of multi-screen videos and a galaxy of booze pr i/.es.

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