Comedy listings

bOMiNic HOLLAND Traverse Theatre. Edinburgh, Tue 10 Jun

Anyone who mourns the arse falling out of Scottish football (stand up Steel Men and Airdrieonians) will identify with Dominic Holland's latest novel. The Ripple Effect is a satire on the knife-juggling act most lowly football clubs play with their books, forced into remission by the over-spending superclubs. As the storyline goes, one man, Bill Baxter, isn't prepared to let his local team go under and sets about campaigning to stop the property developers moving in. Unbeknown to him. he provokes a parallel chain of cataclysmic events which,

as luck would have it, save the day.

It‘s easy reading and Holland makes no excuses for that. ‘lt’s supposed to make you feel good and make you laugh,’ explains Holland, ‘and when you

finish the book you think: “I‘d love that to happen to me." It's not a book that’s supposed to change the world; it’s just supposed to be a book that you take

on holiday which makes your holiday better than it would have been if you

hadn't taken it.‘

The Ripple Effect is Holland’s second novel. The first, Only in America, was a similarly light-hearted romp, based on an aspiring screenwriter who, following a sequence of unlikely events, makes good in Hollywood. ‘They’re both fairytales where the small guy wins,‘ he says.

Holland is currently writing the screenplay for Only in America for BBC Films. A third novel, The Talent Spotter, is in the pipeline and there is talk of a three-part television adaptation of

The Ripple Effect.

First, though, the 1996 Perrier Nominee is touring to promote his latest title. The live appearance is a mix of stand-up, Q&A, and book signing. Now that he‘s a twice-published author, do audiences respect him more? ‘Perhaps so,’ says Holland. ‘You‘re no longer just a stand-up comic - you can say stand-up comic/novelist. I‘ve written two books so that gives it more weight again. I’ve written two and the first one is becoming a movie. so I think people probably do take me a bit

more seriously.‘ (Maureen Ellis)

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Whose Lunch is it Anyway? the Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. lpiii. l‘l'L‘C. SCC Sun S.

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Holland lines up a novel hat-trick

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Bemoaning the demise of a famous erection

righton Pier, the old one. is still smouldering. It is smouldering in that way that gathers momentum; really. it is still

burning, practically. I stood beneath it where it is jUSl by the shore and bits were dropping off it and si/zling into

the salty sea. Man. it was terrific. I was exalted to see something gangrenous around. You could yen; easily waltz out there wrth your new born twms and get hugely hot-ashed Or even charred-debrised. What a smashing way to sue the counCil. Getting thirty-two hundred for tripping over a wonky paVing stone or whatever for drunk uncle down manhole is nothing compared to what you might get for Famous Structure Widely Known to be Still Fairly Lethal raining a hellish

I love it and shOut at some people: ‘Keep back. she's still a-b0ynin‘.' They look at me oddly. I roll all my trousers straight up to the knee and go in hoping to get a little dusty. It is great they haven't put it out there. There is too much safety and timing at Cyclists on pavements and dogs in Boots. too much eyebrow height accompanying things that people are

I love it that people have a chOice to go near it.

It used to be a pier without any piers as good as it, now it IS a spindly skeletal ex-palace on-legs. shell all burnt wrntertime black except fer the old gypsy lonunes tellers kiosk. The birds have not left; they hover. the seagulls. making a slightly deeper souawk and it strikes me it might be like therapy for them: to go primal. make a prehistoric sound. 90 back to when yOur pterodactyl progenitors were Circling the smoky volcanoes. The sessions are in groups of 12. SpeCIaI

l feel the pier's pressure on me to climb up into it: how can I not. how can l pass the chance to climb into a burning structure? Sadly. barbed Wire decorates the entrance like elaborate Nazi Christmas decorations.