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Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. UGC Building. Renfrew Street. 08707 870707. 8pm. £7. Al Pitcher keeps the laughs rolling in the company of banter- rneister Richard Morton. Johnny Candon and complex Aussie Brendon Bums.
The Big Bluu Comedy Gong Show Bluu. 50 Trongate. Merchant City. 548 1350. 8.30pm. Free. Scott Agnew comperes this audience-led show in which a £100 cash prize is given to the people's favourite performer.
The Thursday Show The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. ()870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £6 (£3-«£5). Bornbastic host Raymond Mearns welcomes yoghttrt lover Richard Herring to the stage. aided and abetted by Saj. Strsan Calman and Xavier Toby.
Big Word: Poetry Slam The Bongo Club. Moray House. 37 Holyrood Road. 558 7604. 8pm. £4 (£3). The Big Word crew return with more laughter-inducing word play antics to celebrate National Poetry Day. Watch 25 original rhymers battle it out to be Big Word's autumn slam champ.
The Three Tuns Comedy Night The Three Tuns Wine Vaults. 7~—l 1 Hanover Street. 07909 552345. 9pm. Free. Comedy mother Jo Jo Sutherland headlines. with support from Rick Molland and compere Billy Kirkwood.
The Thursday Show The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £6 (£3--£5). Razor sharp wordsmith Frankie Boyle introduces John (iordon. Barry Dodds. Reg Anderson and the frenetic Reverend ()badiah Steppenwolfe 111.
The Snatch Social The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 225 2564. l lpm—3am. £5. Comic duo Harry Ainsworth and Tony Carter mix it tip at this cheeky cabaret- cum-disco. Babes and Trendy Wendy (monthly resident) supply hip hop and funky tunes. Cheek www.snatchsocial.com for more info.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. L'GC Building. Renfrew Street. 08707 870707. 8pm. £12. See Thu 6.
The Stand The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 08706006055. 8.30pm. £8 (£7). Richard Herring applies his ruthless wit to issues big and small. accompanied by Neil Delamere. wee Susan Calman. Aussie Xavier Toby and host Susan Morrison.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. ()mni Centre. (ireenside Place. 08707 870707. 8.15pm. £12. Ronnie lidwards stands up in the company of little lady Tanyalee Davis and comedy chatterbox Michael Maclntyre. who will do an excellent posh Scottish accent. if you ask him nicely.
The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £8 (£7). Hard-talking comedy evangelist Reverend ()badiah Steppenwolfe 111 takes to the limelight. strpported by John Gordon. Northumbrian gag-meister Barry I)odds. Reg ‘Voodoo’ Anderson and host Jane Mackay.
The Bedlam lmproverts Bedlam Theatre. 1 lb Bristo Place. 225 9893. 10.30pm. £3.50 (£2.50—£3). Long standing late night latrghter institution. involving much audience participation. drtrnken revelry and spontaneous comedy games.
Glasgow Ha Ha Comedy Blackfriars. 36 Bell Street. 552 5924. 8pm. £6 (£5). Laughs
from Saj and MC Alan Anderson. Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. l'(i(‘ Bttilding. Renfrew Street. 08707 870707. 8pm. £l3. See Thu 6.
Cosy Comedy Café The State Bar. 148 Holland Street. 332 215‘). 9pm. £5 (£4). Weekly comedy club with sets from some of the best local talent. ()peri spots always available.
The Stand The Stand. 33.3 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 9pm. £10 (£8). See Fri 7. btrt with compere Jane Mackay.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. ()mni Centre. (ireenside Place. 08707 870707. 8.15pm. £13. See Hi 7.
The Stand The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £10 (£8). See I’ri 7. although Strsan Morrison takes over as host.
Harry Hill: Hooves King’s Theatre. 207 Bath Street. 240 1 l l 1. 8pm. £16.50 £17.50. Master of the surreal Harry Hill continues his galloping tour of the country. Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service The Stand. 33.3 \Yoodlands Road. 08706006055. 8.30pm. £4 (£l-—£3). Barry I)odds and local banter- rneister Raymond Mearns join Michael Redmond.
Whose Lunch is it Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 1pm. l-‘ree. Beat the Sundav morning blues with a dose of laughter pros'iueo ov trriprov \‘Clcl'itlls Patti nutrition and .vttrat'. .yitri'plry. The Sunday Night Laugh-In The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £4 (£1 £3). Anarchic Bruce Devlin welcomes chatty chap .\'ei1 Delamer'e. Saj. Ross Bailic. amiable funny guy Derek Lightfoot and more fresh faces from the Red Raw beginners' nights.
Dance, Monkey Boy, Dance The Stand. 33.3 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £4. The popular comedy improv night returns to its regular slot. with more sketches. music and gags from Sandy Nelson. Allen Chalmers. Joe Heenan and Des McLean.
Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £1. Teddy coaxes more comedy beginners onto the stage.
Patrick Kielty Pavilion Theatre. 121 Renlield Street. 332 1846. 7.30pm. £14.50. The wisecr‘acking Irish man. who‘s more at home hosting the likes of [tune Aaulvnrt' these days. returns to the hotbed of stand- up. Red Raw The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £2 (£I ). More stand-up newcomers try out their best lines.
Talk of the Town The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272.1)pm. £4 (£1 £3). Bruce Devlin. Teddy and Steven Dick. AKA the trio who made up ‘Walkout Wednesday". return with more hilarious topical shenanigans based around the week's new s.
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Mark Thomas & Robert Newman The (iarage. 490 Sauchiehall Street. 08700 13 2f) 52. 7.30pm. £14.50 (£10). Political heavy weight Mark Thomas and veteran funny man Robtert) New man join comedy forces for a night of conscience- pr'icking fun. See preview for Newman. Rough Cuts The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 08706006055. 8.30pm. £4
STAND-UP ROBERT NEWMAN 8. MARK THOMAS The Garage, Glasgow, Wed 12 8 Thu 13 Oct
The media coverage of the Fringe this year seemed obsessed with how the terrorist events of 7 July would bring back the political into comedians’ sets. The former Mary Whitehouse Experience comic Robert Newman, who was there with his show Apocalypso Now, has been performing political material since he started doing stand-up and pours scorn on anyone who attempted to shoehorn comments on the London bombs into an otherwise
‘I think you’re already lost if you feel any pressure from the press about what you include in your set. If you’re taking your agenda from corporate media then it’s over before it’s begun.’ Though the press coverage did highlight the distinct lack of truly political comedians on the circuit these days, Newman is one of the few and ponders why. ‘A few years ago we were told it was the end of history and the ideological battles were over but it’s the same whoever is in government, sometimes worse. Labour can do things that the Tories can’t; the Tories couldn’t introduce tuition fees as they would have incited riots but Labour can and get enough journalists in the liberal broadsheets to say they are only doing this for the common good.’
Of all the significant mistakes of the Labour government, the war in Iraq is one that preoccupies Newman in Apocalypso Now and leads him into the issue of the rapid depletion of fossil fuels. ‘lt’s not getting mentioned and it’s really interesting doing that bit of material because you hear ears prick up.’ But whatever his message, he always leaves it to people to make their own minds up. ‘I remember Mick Jones of the Clash saying in an early interview we’re not going to evangelise: people will either get what they get
or they won’t.’ (Marissa Burgess)
(£2 £3). (‘omedy' sketch show hosted by New Deal comedian Tony Carter. l'sing scripts from aspiring (‘omedy [hit and professional actors. the night mixes up quick-lire pieces with sitcom scenes.
A Kick Up the Tabloids The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272.1)pm. £5
(£3.50 £4). Ruthless political szttlt'ists Paul Sneddon. lirankie Boyle. Strsan Morrison and John lilint. dissect the latest news to extract ltlol‘c comedy gems.
Mark Thomas 8. Robert Newman The (iarage. 490 Sauchiehall Street. 08700 13 2o 52. 7.30pm. £14.50 (£10). See Wed 12. Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. t,'(i(' Building. Renfrew Street. ()8707 870707. 8pm. £7. Ales Boardrnarr joins an alliterative trio of comedy masters. Dougie Dunlop. Rick Right and Mark Maier.
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