STAND-UP TAM COWAN LIVE King's Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 12—Sat 14 Sep
Motherwell’s multimedia man
With Tam Cowan, what you see is what you get. Or to be more precise with Tam Cowan, what you see, hear and read is what you get.
Because television presenter, radio broadcaster, writer, comedian, football pundit, columnist and restaurant critic Tam Cowan is bloody everywhere at the moment. The chubby Motherwell fan seems to have his stubby little fingers in every media pie going, no doubt thanks to his down-to-earth, cheeky style, which is just as apparent in interview as it is in his work.
‘Nah, you’re all right,’ he says when I apologise for calling him at home on a Friday evening. ‘This is just part of my usual Friday night - on the phone to a dug.’
Ba-da-bing, ba-da-boom. But seriously though folks: Cowan, not content with making comedy out of Scottish football on telly, radio and in print, is taking his show on the road, with a handful of appearances at the King’s in Glasgow under the hilarious title Tam Cowan Live.
‘Aye, the producers at the Comedy Unit have laboured long and hard to come up with that,’ he says with a chuckle. ‘That took some thinking.’
Essentially an extended and freer version of Cowan’s hit BBC Scotland show Offside, the live gigs will be based on the intrinsically joke—worthy world of Scottish footy, with plenty of audience participation, topical gags, daft stuff and apparently, ‘two Scottish ex-internationalists - nae names, nae pack drill’.
Offside and Off the Ball - the Radio Scotland shows Cowan co-hosts with Stuart Cosgrove - have proved hugely successful additions to what was previously some pretty dry Scottish football coverage. The reason is simple, says Cowan.
‘A lot of women, especially, say: “I don’t like fitba but I love your show,” and I think that’s because we’re just trying to have a laugh,’ he says. ‘We’re not fitba anoraks trying to bore folk fucking stupid.’
Not exactly shy of talking, Cowan goes on to give an example.
‘Football coverage was all a bit formal, and hopefully we’ve broken that down a bit,’ he says. ‘I mean, last Wednesday on the radio we ended up having the Livingston chairman Dominic Keane singing his favourite Elvis Presley song, and that’s just unimaginable in a previous era.’
To be honest that sounds pretty unimaginable in any era. Scottish football seems in a permanent state of crisis, but it will never run out of opportunities to take the piss, according to Cowan. ‘A while ago there was a really quiet week and we thought: “Christ what are we going to do today”,’ he says. ‘Then on the back page of the Record it just said “Celtic Sign Scheidt” and that was us.’ (Doug Johnstone)
Where the ughter matters
congratulations go to the very brilliant Doug Stanhope who blew the festival away with his blistering material. Following a clutch of deserved five star reviews (one from The Guardian no leSSi and some extremer favourable comparisons with the great Bill Hicks. Stanhope picked up the Strathmore Select Press Award. While not guite as prestigious as the Perrier. Doug's first week in Europe earned him a cool 521 K and the right to a feature in OK magazine. Rumours are abound the American tirestarter Wlll be back on these shores very soon. and we suspect he'll be playing slightly bigger venues than the Tron. We will endeavour to keep you posted.
Stanhope’s five star glory
ANOTHER COMIC WE LOVE IS Daniel Kitson who deservedly grabbed this year’s Perrier Award with his tragi-comic epic Something (though we would equally have been happy seeing Omid Djalili holding the trophy high). The unbearded Yorkshireman may have thoroughly lambasted one brand of comedy- sponsoring liquid during his act this year, but we can only assume that crates of fizzy water will be cascading their way into his humble home sometime soon.
NOW THAT THE FESTIVAL FRENZY
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