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The Thursday Show The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. ()870 ()00 ()055. 0pm. £(t (£5). llardcore host Raymond Mearns introduces the diverse laughter-indttcing talents of comedians Des Mclcan. Richard Thomson and Ian liox.


The Edinburgh Edition The Three 'l'uns Wine Vaults. 7 l l llano\ er Street. 0700‘) 552345. 8pm. £2. Derek Lightloot and a special my stct‘y guest provide the laughs at this topical weekly news qtiix.

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The Three Tuns Wine Vaults, Edinburgh, Thu 15 Jul 00.

Stuart Hall is a knockout as your furiously enthusiastic anchorman

York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £6 (£5). Sparkling lrishman Andrew Maxwell. quick-w ittcd (‘alil'ornian Jovanka Steel and card shark Steven Dick guest at this rcgttlar pic—weekend comedy show The Snatch Social The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 225 2564. l0.30pm 3am. £4 (£3.50). l-‘unky disco- cum-caharct cotnpered hy Tap Water Award winner Tony ('artcr attd llarry .-\ins\vorth. Willi lnnk attd hip hop tunes lion) Babes and 'I‘rendy Wendy (monthly resident).


Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. l'(i(‘ Building. Renlrcw Street. 03707 s7()7()7. 8pm. {(3. Rollicking stand-up night will) Dave \Vllllaltts. Joe Rooncy (\x ho is best known l‘or (his role as l‘ather Datno in l‘ill/ll'l’ 717/). play l'ul gag-ineister Paul 'l‘ltot‘ttc and \Yood).

The fact that everyone’s a goddamn comedian is largely, and with reason, considered ugly and regrettable. In most situations, jackleg humorists are to be avoided like clouds of leprosy spores or, better yet, muzzled. But the

fact remains. We love cracking wise.

From the outset, then, the smart money was on There’s Yer Dinner’s new comedy ‘format’, The Edinburgh Edition. At bottom it’s a table quiz, with the signal differences that all questions are current and topical, and more points are awarded for funny answers than correct ones. In other words, it’s a satirical TV quiz show transplanted to the pub.

The ‘Editor’ for the night the show borrows its terminology from newspapers - was the furiously enthusiastic Stuart Hall. He took the participants through five rounds of questions, captions and headlines, all familiar to anyone who has seen Have I Got News for You. And here’s the funny thing: the answers were pretty funny. Some tables were content to crank out opaque in-jokes (hilarious to them, fatuous to everyone else) but others were making an effort, and sometimes succeeding.

To take the pressure off these fledging wags, the show was broken up by a brace of stand-up acts. John Burns, while reasonably comfortable in the light, needs a lot more polish on delivery and material. Following him was seasoned Aussie gagman Kieran Butler, whose music-peppered material was tight, well-observed and exuberantly filthy.

Then it was back to the quiz and the participants, buoyed perhaps by the ‘real’ comedy, answered, captioned and headlined with fresh brio. The Edinburgh Edition is an inventive, inclusive show, and though still beset by plenty rough edges, it makes for different and enjoyable entertainment. For goddamn comedians everywhere. (Sam Healy)

The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 ()00 ()055. 9pm. £7 (£6). Delightful Irishman Dara ()‘Briain tickles those ltmny bones. with help from one of a rare breed. smart American Jovanka Steel. pltis lan l-‘ox and comperc Jane Mackay.


Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. ()mni (‘entre. (ireenside Place. 08707 870707. 8.15pm. £l2. Laughs ol‘ many llavottt's l'rom Stnug Rohct'ts. Irish political comedian Kevin llayes. dynatnic Attstralian (‘olin (‘ole and that sinl‘ul comedy hitch. the Reverend ()hadiah Steppenwoll’e Ill. The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 0pm. £7 (£6). Andrew Maxwell joins topical local 'l'eddy. Richard Thomson and compere Susan Morrison tor a spot of weekend comedy.

Saturday 24


Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. l'(}(' Building. Renl'rew Street. ()8707 870707. 8pm. £13. See l‘ri N

Madcap Comedy Club The State Bar. I48 Holland Street. 332 2l5‘). 8.30pm. £5 (£4). A bundle of lattghs from headliner John (iillick. who is supported by (ierry McDatle. Vat] and inimitable host Billy Bonkers.

The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 ()00 605.5. 9pm. £8. See Fri 23. although Stisan Morrison steps in as coltlpL‘l'c.

The Vault Comedy Club The Van“. l l H) l’ollok‘sltavvs Road. ()4‘) 0007. 9pm. £7. (iinger hoy John l’lint .ioins musical maestro Allen Chalmers. Woody and Andy Sir tor a night ol laughs cotnpered hy surreal (ilaswegian l)cs Mclcan.


Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. ()mni ('entrc. (ireenside Place, 08707 870707. 8.15pm. £l3. See l‘ri 23.

The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 0pm. £8. See [at 23. but with Jane Mackay as compere.


Capital Comedy: Comedy@The Queens Hotel Queen‘s Hotel. 24 Henderson Street. Bridge of Allan. 0700‘) 552345. 0pm. £5. (‘omedy with camp M(' Jonathon Mayor. quick-wittcd headliner llart‘iet Bow den and a host of laughter meisters including. Kieran Butler. Jatnie Anderson and Dave llell'ron.


Disposable Theatre The Vault.

l l 10 Pollokshaws Road. ()4‘) 0007. 8pm. £4. lit-monthly comedy improv night lcaturing sketches. games and short theatre from the Disposable ’l'heatrc ('ompany troupe. l‘ormerly based at the ('aptain’s Rest on (ireat Western Road. Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service The Stand. 33.3 \Yootllattds Road. ()870 ()00 (3055. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). liormer ('raggy Island rcgttlar Michael Redmond plays host to well known Scottish contedian Des Mclcan and other stand—up guests.


Whose Lunch is it Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. lpm. l-‘rce. l‘reesty le laughter gurus Pattl (iraham and Stuart Murphy take to the stage w ith their unique brand of comedy hangover cttrc. l’t‘ee( l'orm) comedy doesn't gct much better than this.

Reg Anderson’s Night of Comedy The l.igltlltottsc. 32 34 The Shore. l.eith. 554 (MM. 8pm. £5 (£3). The inimitahle Stu Who‘.’. magician

Steven Dick and dark humorist Teddy join Reg Anderson for a night of tricks and jokes.

Bruce’s Sunday Social Club The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £4 (£3). (ileel‘ul host Bruce Devlin entertains that smart lady from across the pond. Jovanka Steel. plus a smattering of other comedy guests.


Capital Comedy in the Path Path 'l‘avern. Mid Street. 07909 552345. 4pm. £5. (‘omedy night with M(' Jonathon Mayor. well-bred headliner llarriet Bowden and plenty ol‘ guests. inclttding Andy Sir. Jamie Anderson and Sean Wilkinson.

Monday 26


Dance, Monkey Boy, Dance The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 (i055. 8.30pm. £4. Sandy Nelson. Raytnond Mearns. Joe lleenan and Des McLean show the world what can he done with the aid of a piano. a guitar and a big slice oi comic imagination. Gagging for It The Vault. l l I() Pollokshaws Road. ()4‘) 0007. 9pm. l-‘ree. (‘omedy social night with compere David llel'l‘ron. featuring plenty of new acts and regulars from the comedy circuit.


Red Raw Tlte Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £l. ('ompere Richard 'l‘homson introduces a host ol‘ comedy newcomers to the world of stand-up with support l'rom an experienced headliner.


Red Raw The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 ()00 ()055. 8.30pm. £2. A troupe of comedy newcomers try ottt their stand-up lines with support from compere Richard Thomson.


Melting Pot The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £5 (£4). [p and coming comedy writers throw their short theatre pieces into the melting pot. with the winner picked out by the audience.

Wednesday 28


The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe Ill Charity Appeal The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 (i055. 9pm. £6 (£5). The bible- hashing Rev gathers his l'aithl'ttl l'ollowers together for art unholy evening of spiritual healing. Well. they do say laughter is the best medicine.


Capital Comedy: The Comedy Cave Nichol lidwards. .\'iddry Street. 0700‘) 552345. 0pm. £2. M(‘ Jonathon Mayor and headliner llarriet Bowden cross the horder to join ('omedy ('ave regulars Sean Wilkinson. Stuart Hall and Mac Star for a barrage of lattghs.

The Stand lmprov The Stand. 5 York Placc. 558 7272. 0pm. £4 (£3). The Stand Players explore the hitherto unexplored depths and hreadths of comedy. with help from a few circuit regulars. it's a mini adventure.


The Thursday Show The Stand. 333 \Yoodlands Road. 0870 ()00 (1055. 9pm. £6 (£5). A tiny taste of the l‘ringe action to come as compere Raymond Mearns introduces Simon thnery. whose sttrrcal .-l(;.ll will be playing at the Stand in lidinhurgh throughout August. Support comes from Brummie comedian Susan Murray who executes her comedy shock tactics in line style.