SlANl) tJl’ ALEX HORNE The Stand. Edinburgh. Sun 15 Mar; The Stand, Glasgow, Mon 16 Mar

‘Oh that’s a very strange bird,’ exclaims Alex Horne looking out of the window as he chats to me. ‘Once you start birdwatching, I tell you, any noise you just can’t ignore.’ Horne took up this leisure pursuit in 2006 when he had a bet with his twitcher father on who could see the most birds in the wild within a year. ‘I found birdwatching pretty impenetrable,’ confesses Home. ‘l was brought up with it; dad would birdwatch everyday, always walking out with binoculars.’ Despite being his father’s passion, the desire to watch the feathered creatures clearly wasn’t flowing in Home junior’s veins as he initially struggled with the project, but fellow twitchers helped him out. ‘They’re funny and knowledgeable and tend to be quite humble. I finally realised that they were my sort of people which was a hard thing to come to terms with because the more I went on the more I realised I was becoming like my dad.’

Becoming more like papa Horne he may be, but it’s a personality that’s served him well on the comedy circuit. His endearingly bumbling, hesitant and punning style went some way to earn him a Perrier Best Newcomer nomination at the Fringe in 2003 with his debut show Making Fish Laugh. Now, Birdwatching takes a similar format to his previous shows including the use of PowerPoint to illustrate, through amusingly low key graphics, his quest to spot as many of the 10,000 plus species in existence. And there’s a bird-naming test for the audience, some beat-box impersonations and even a few attempts at humour from Home Snr. (Marissa Burgess)

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Fit 0’ The Giggles @ The Mercat 'l'llt‘ Mcrcat. 33 \Vcsl \llllllttnd Strcct. 335 87 lo. S.30ptn. £5 tf3). Too morc


Jongleurs Comedy Club Jonglcttrs. l'(i(‘ Building. l l chtrcts Strcct. 0844 S44 004-4. .S'pni. liroin £13. JoJo Smith. Andrus MttrTcll. l’hil \Valkcr and 'l‘on} Hendricks do thc stand—tip thing.

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Mark Watson A man wrth rnany thoughts and a hundred itinny w; ys of saying them. Two chances to wrtness raw genius. iron Hrmt/e, Glasgow, Sun 75 a Mon 70 Mar;

Mark Nelson He's popping tip all over the place this fortnight. but this date has the inaugural Scottish Comedian of the Year delivering another lesson in caustic crudity. Smile, You Son of a Bitch is the charming title. Slab/(friars, G/asgow. Thu 72 Mar.

David O’Doherty The current itcornedy mantel-holder tries his luck on this most inauspieious of dates. Yet. every night is Davrd O'Doherty Time, surely? The Stand. Glasgow. Fri 73 Mar.

Reginald D Hunter The powerhouse of contemporary stand-tip might well say the unsayable. but if you believe that he's the 'black Bernard Mannrng'. then there's something not quite right in your brain. The Stand, Glasgow. Sun 75 Mar.

Jimmy Carr The Joke Te(:/rn/Cian plugs you deep into his warped imagination. SECC, G/asgow, Wed 7 8 Mar.

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Hairy Watt Comedy Club 'l'hc l'nion. ”Until-\Villl l 'lll\ L'rsll). RlL‘L‘itntill. 45l 5333 0pm. {-1 t£3 in advance). Magical cornpcrc Stcxcn Dick is hcading out with his hag of tricks. introducing Scott Agnew and (hits l‘orhcs.


Midweek Comedy Cabaret The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 (i055. H.30pin. £4 (£2). (iary Little and Ro ('arnphcll arc on hand to turn that l‘rown upstdc-dottn. ill a non-Violent wa).


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