STAND-UP TANYALEE DAVIS The Stand, Edinburgh, Fri 30 Apr & Sun 2 May
There are three questions people often ask of Tanyalee Davis which really get her goat. ‘How do you have sex with your husband?’, “where do you get your clothes from?’ and ‘were you born that size?’ She has perfect comeback answers to them all. ‘He puts his dick in my vagina’, ‘from the shops’ and ‘no, I was much smaller.’
When you’re 3ft 6” tall (or small), having a sense of humour comes in handy. But becoming a professional stand-up comedian takes real
Bundle of joy
balls. She made her first stage appearance aged 19 (she’s now a sprightly 33 with a degree in criminology and sociology) and her first joke was a warning to the audience that a midget was reported to be loose in the auditorium. Just a few gigs into her career, and rave reviews were gaining her an unwanted audience. ‘My mum showed up and she brought the neighbours and my aunts. I just lost it; they suggested that I may want to
do something else.’
Yet, Davis persevered and her steady climb to the top of her wee stand- up tree saw her arrive here during last year’s Fringe as part of the US Comedy Invasion. Reviews were not universally great for the group show, but having worked beside murderers in a men’s prison, Davis is tough enough to brush off critical brickbats. ‘US comedy is on a new boom. One of the effects of 9/11 is that people needed to get away from their television sets and so more clubs were opening up and more and more new comics were coming through.’ All good things come in small packages. Tanyalee Davis may well be the living proof. (Brian Donaldson)
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The Franz Kafka Big Band The Vattlt. 1110 Pollokshayss Road. Sltayylands. 64‘) 0007. 7pm. £5. lircc— style music and comedy frotn the group n ho haye been described as ‘an unholy cross betysecn Oscar Wilde and a bouncy castle being eaten by a \solf'. Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. l'(i(' Building. Renfreys Street. 08707 870707. 8pm. £7. (‘omedy night “ith the charismatic Sittttg Roberts. Paul ('hoysdry. former Belfast hottse [)1 Micltael Smiley attd BB(' I‘lrmr Show regular ('raig Hill. The Thursday Show The Stand. 333 \Voodlttnds Road. 0870 600 6055. 0pm. £6 (£5). formidable host Raymond Mearns rounds up his flock of comedy guests. Richard Allen. Jane Mackay and (ireg Mcllugh.
The Thursday Show The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. ‘)pm. £6 (£5). lan ('ognito. the ntan \y ho has been banned frotn many a comedy cltlb. blurs the line bemeen funny and frightening \s ith help from Paul McNeill. (iary Little and (1111s Henry. '
The Snatch Social The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 225 2564. 10.30pm 3am. £4 (£3.50). Nets Deal comedian 'l‘ony (‘arter and Harry Ainsyyorth are resident comperes at this
recently re-branded. filth-fixated. funky disco-culit-cabaret. Sounds are proyided by Babes attd 'l’rettdy \Vendy (monthly resident).
0 Jerry Sadowitz (‘umbernauld 'l‘heatrc. Kildrum. ()1236 732887. 7.45pm. £12.50 (£10). ()tttrage. astonishtttent and filth in equal measure frotn the former street magician.
The Stand The Stand. 333 \Voodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 7.30pm. £7 (£6). Natiye (ilasytegian l-‘rankie Boyle heads this line-up in his usual punchy style. aided and abetted by Mark Bratcltpiecc. (ireg Mcllugh and hostess with the mostest. Sttsan Morrison.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. l'(i(’ Building. Renfreys Street. 08707 870707. 8pm. £12. Sec Thu 2‘).
0 SuperCaleComedy (‘aledonian Students l'nion. 70 (’oyycaddens Road. 07‘)0‘) 552345. ‘)pm. £2. Headliner Barry l)odds wins the crouds ysith his sparkling anecdotes and distinctly titt- P(‘ humour to raise tnoncy for ('ancer Research. (‘olluding \sith him are laughter—meistcrs Ashley liree. .-\ndy Sir. Shattn Wilkinson and cotnpere Mac Star.
The Vault Comedy Club The Vattlt. l l 10 l’ollokshayss Road.
Shays lands. 64‘) 0007. ‘)pm. £8. l)es McLean. “110 has been lattded by comedy (iod Billy (‘onnolly. \y heels out the talents of renoyy ned yarn spinner Bruce Morton. 1)a\id Kay and Jo Jo Sutherland.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. ()mni Centre. (ireenside Place. 08707 870707. 7pm. £12. (’omedy night u ith outspoken l.iyerpudlian Brendan Riley. Mike Milligan and natural born entertainer. liddie Bannon. 0 The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. ‘)pm. £7 (£6). Hard- nosed comedian lan ('ognito is joined by eyery'one’s fayourite midget Tanyalee l)a\'is (see small panel). Pattl McNeill. ('hris Henry and host Jane Mackay.
0 Jerry Sadowitz Dundee Rep. 'l‘ay Square. ()1382 223530. 10.30pm. £12 (£10.50). See Thu 2‘).
The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 7.30pm. £7 (£6). See l‘ri 30 bttt \yith host Jane Mackay. Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. l'(i(' Building. Renfreyy Street. 08707 870707. 8pm. £13. Sec Thu 2‘).
Raymond MearnsGMadcap Comedy Club The State Bar. 148 Holland Street. 332 215‘). ‘)pm. £5 (£4). (‘omedy yeteran Raymond Mearns performs an extended stand—up slit)“. bringing the night aliye \tith his upfront sly lc.
The Vault Comedy Club The Vattlt. l l 10 Pollokshayt s Road. Shayylands. 64‘) 0007. ‘)pm. £8. See Hi 30 but with compere l)es (‘lttt‘ke
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jonglcttrs. ()mni ('enlre. (ireenside Place. 08707 870707. 7pm. £13. See Hi 30.
The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. ‘)pm. £8. See l‘ri 30 bttt \yith compere Vladimir Mc'l'ay ish.
0 Jerry Sadowitz Rothes Halls. Kingdom ('entre. 015‘)2 61 l 101. ‘)pm. £13 (£12). Sec Thu 2‘).
0 Left Field Scotland St Andi-ext ‘s in the Square. off Saltmarkel. St
Andrew 's Street. 887 8870. 1pm. £8 (£6). Launch night for a hen initiatiye hosting a mix of comedy. music attd politics. featuring stand-up Vladimir Mc'l‘ayish and indie rock band Stylus .»\utomatic.
Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service The Stand. 33.3 \Voodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £41L3). Round off your Sunday in a say the Big Man \yotlld almost certainly not hay e intended. by joining lreland's Michael Redmond. Mother“ ell man Mark Bratchpiece and (ireg Mcllttgh for some ttnholy laughs.
The Sunday Show The Vault. l I ll) Pollokshayys Road. Shays lands. 64‘) 0007. ‘)pm. £5. ('omedy to cure that lingering hangoy er \\ ith Mr Super-smooth himself. Joe llcenan. pltts local comedians (iordon Brunton and (iary l.ittle.
Whose Lunch is it Anyway? the Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 1pm. liree. Resident duo Paul (iraham and Stuart Murphy get the day off to an energetic start \\ ith their improy ised comedy capers. l'il‘eelSIylel comedy doesn't get much better than this.
0 Bank Holiday Special The
Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). Special Bank Holiday comedy estrayagait/a \\ ith experienced ltost Jane Mackay introducing an assortment of guests. including midget-turned- comedian 'I‘anyalee Dan is (see \\ ec panel). Paul McNeill and (ilttsgtm ftmny man. Frankie Boyle.
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Jerry Sadowitz More cruel quips and classic insults from everyone's most beloved paranoid comic. And he's got lovely hair. Cumbernau/d Theatre. Thu 29 Apr; Dundee Rep, Fri 30 Apr; Rothes Hal/s, Glenrothes, Sat 7 May.
SuperCaleComedy Raising laughs and cash for Cancer Research are Barry Dodds. Ashley Free. Andy Sir, Shaun Wilkinson and Mac Star. Caledonian Students Union, Glasgow, Fri 30 Apr.
Tanyalee Davis The little lady with the big personality. See panel. The Stand. Edinburgh, Fri 30 Apr 8 Sun 2 May;
Left Field Scotland Can laughter and politics ever mix? Of course they can. And here's Vladimir McTavish to prove it with this launch event, including music from indie rockers Stylus Automatic. St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow, Sun 2 May.
The Phil Kay Show Our favourite freewheeling surrealist gives us the length and breadth of his beautiful mind. The Vault. Glasgow, Thu 73 May.
Junior Simpson The hyper- hilarious lapsed Luton choirboy (pictured) sings for his supper with more blistering observations. Was once somewhat lazily dubbed “the new Lenny Henry'. The Stand. Glasgow, Thu 73 May.
Capital Comedy: Sirius Comedy Bar Sit'ius. l)ock Place. l.eith. 0790‘) 552345. 8.30pm. £5. The laughter lltiyys met the luscious staters of l.eith in this stand-up night organised by ('apital ('omedy.
The Comedy Social The Vault. l l 10 Pollokshayss Road. Shays lands, 64‘) 0007. 6pm. l‘ree. l)a\id Heffion cotttperes this comedy get-together and neyt acts night. featuring a different Scottish headliner eyery neck and plenty of drinks promos.
Edinburgh Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £1. ('ompere Allen (‘halmers and headliner .\'ick 1)a\ ies introduce a trusty band of neyycomers to the heady \ytil‘ltl ()1. comedy \lttlltl-tlp.
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