Sli‘tNll '11’ BETHANY BLACK The Stand, Edinburgh, Tue 2, Thu 4—Sat 6 Jun; The Stand. Glasgow, Wed 3 Jun
As the UK's foremost goth, lesbian, post-op transsexual stand-up, Bethany Black worries about being pigeonholed. So it‘s a ‘recovering alcoholic, drug addict and love addict too‘ who will be showcasing material from her forthcoming Fringe show this fortnight. After an admission of two botched suicide attempts in her debut, Beth Becomes Her, it‘s reassuring to know that Love and a Colt 45 doesn't presage ‘lucky‘ number three but an American malt lager favoured by the comic in her youth. Her debut recalled Black‘s transformation from Ben Horsley in intimate, sometimes queasy, detail and she explains that ‘because that show was really personal, I thought I’d go with something a bit more accessible this time, about all the stupid things I‘ve done because of love and alcohol.‘
Sober for three years and happily engaged — ‘no matter how homophobic or transphobic a crowd gets, I mention that and people applaud!’ — she’s finally confronted her problems. ‘I was on my way back from a friend's funeral,‘ she explains, ‘and my car was seized for having no tax and insurance. because my life was still unmanageable then. Two days later I broke into a massive panic when I remembered there was quite a substantial amount of drugs in it. So that‘s the middle part of my show, overcoming the drugs problem I never particularly realised I had.‘ After having Omid Djalili open for her in Helsinki no less, her career is picking up too and Black is currently developing a television version of Beth Becomes Her with the BBC‘s Paul Schlesinger, producer of People Like Us and Absolute Power. On this occasion, she‘s happy to be typecast. ‘l'll be playing me, yes. I don't think there‘s anyone else who could do it.‘
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How's Your Wibbly Wobbly Wonder’.’ l’ayilion Theatre. 121 chlicld Stt'cct. 3321846. 7.30pm. £17.50 £1”
(£16 £17501. Brendan ()'(‘an‘oll returns to
his stand-up comedy roots.
Wasasa Queen Margaret l'nion. 22 1'nixci‘sity (iardens. 33‘) 9784 8pm. £5. Hosted by the Kasengelc Brothers and boasting comedians such as Dcs ('larke and Billy Kirkwood. as well as inusic and cheap drinks. this looks set to be a \ ibrant night of top comedy
The Thursday Show The Stand. 33.3 Woodlands Road. 0S70 600 61 155. .S.30pm. £8 (£7; members £4i. Susan Morrison
w hips the acts and audience into shape as she introduces Dougie Dunlop. Stcyen Dick. Robbie Bonham and (iam Dobson
Heresy Jekyll a Hyde. 112 llanoycr Street. 225 2022. ”pm :\ night ot amusing dcpray it} tor a grand total of no pennies. courtesy of .\l(‘ Rick Holland The Thursday Show llie Stand. 5 York l’lacc. 55.S "272 ‘lpm £S (£7. members £4. ()h tor lie.i\cn\ sakc. slop grumbling and start the w cekcnd early with bitchatron Bruce Dc\ 1111 and acts ()wcn O'Neill. l’arrot. \lorgan Jones and Dec ('ustancc
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jonglt-urs. 1'(}(' Building. 11 chlrcw Street. 0844 S44 0044. Spin l'rom £12. ,-\ weekend ol entertainment from some circuit layouritcs' Paul B lzdwatds. Nick Re\ell. ltddy Brimson and Junior Simpson. Dancing lllllll the w cc hours included in the ticket price
The Friday Show The Stand. 333 woodlands Road (No 600 6055. 3.30an £10 (£0; members £5i Sec Thu 2S.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. ()mm ('cntrc. (irccnsidc l’lacc. 0S44 S44 0014, 7.45pm. l‘rom £11, Dominic l‘risby. Key in Hayes and Add} \an der Boi‘gh are here tor lllc weekend. along w Illt the chance to dance until \cry late (or early 1. The Friday Show The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 0pm. £10 (£1); members £51. See Thu 2S.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongletirs. l'(i(' Building. 1 l chl'rcw Strccl. 034-1 S44 0044. 8pm. l-‘rom £12. See Fri 2‘). The Saturday Show The Stand. 33.3 Woodlands Road. 0370 600 6055, 3,30pm, [13, Sec Thu 23.
Bavarian Tradition Show ()ut ol' the Blue Drill Hall. 30 36 Dalmeny Street. l.cith. 555 7101. 7.30pm. Suggested donation £3. Bayaria and ()ktiibet'l'est come to Leith with music. yodclling. beer and tongue in check humour from \Toni llol/mami and her Bayarian Maidens. Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. ()mni ('cntrc. (ireensidc Place. 0844 S44 0044. 7.45pm. l-‘rom £1 1. See liri 2‘). The Saturday Show The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £13. See Thu 28.
Ha Ha Raw Comedy lyor} llotel. laingsidc .-\\cnuc. Shawlands. 8.30pm. New er comedians and an e\pcrienccd host and headliner. all in the \cry pretty Shaw lands for nought pounds and 110 pence. Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0370 (>00 6055. H.30pm. £5 i£4; members £1). Step into the delightful iil~ conl'usingi world of Michael Redmond as he introduces Keyin Bridges. 'l'il‘l’any Steyenson and Jason .-\i'nstcin.
Whose Lunch is it Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 553 7272. 1pm. (‘omcdy spun out oi~ thin air with impriw kings Stu and (Barry. There's hot scrummy lood ayailable. The Sunday Night Laugh-In The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. S30pm. £5 (£4; members £1 l. JoJo Sutherland is your guide through this eyening‘s entertainment. with appearances from acts such as Dougie Dunlop. Niall Browne. Martin .\lc.»\llister. Robert (iraham and Paul (ioodbrand.
Dance Monkey Boy, Dance! The Stand. 33.3 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. S30pm. £4. Raymond Meams. Paul l’irie. Allen Chalmers bring you lucky
Ross Noble The TyneSide- born. OZ-based meandering loon delivers more haphazard mayhem for your pleasure. Playhouse, EdlliDL/fQ/l, Mon 1 Jun.
Wicked Wenches A dandy line-up this month With Bethany Black. AL Kennedy and Susan Murray being comedically wench~like See preView for Bethany Black. The Stand. Edinburgh, Tue 2 Jun; The Stand, Glasgow, Wed 3 Jun.
Derren Brown Stephen Fry once said he should be burnt at the stake. Hold fire on your vigilante tendenCIes. as the UK psycho-magic world's finest entertainer comes among you. See 5 Things. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 4 8 Fri 5, Sun 7 Jun.
Bruce Morton The godfaither of Scottish comedy regales us with more deliCiously scripted and powerfully delivered stand-up Wisdom. Cruz. Edinburgh, Fri 5 Jun.
Keara Murphy Character fun With few parallels in these parts as the Leith Festival goes into overdrive. Cruz, Edinburgh, Fri 5 Jun.
people some sketches. stand-up. impriw and the odd ttme.
Boss Noble: Things l’layliotisc.
18 -22 (ireenside Place. 0870 606 3424. 8pm. £20 (£lXi. The ltistroUsly- haired (ieordie comic returns with a new show about big and small things.
Fit 0’ the Giggles Absolute Beginners Beehive lnn. (irassmarket. 225 7171. 8pm. £2 (£1). M(‘ Scott Forbes and headliner Barry McDonald feature in this pretty wee gig. packed to the gunnels with new comedy laces.
Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £2 (£1). A bargain night of new comedy talent. aided and abetted by Tiffany Steyenson and Keir McAllister.
DiScomBoBuLato The Arches. 253 Argyle Street. 565 1000. 7.30pm. £4 (£2). A laidback perf‘omiance night where literature and comedy collide. as established and emergent w’riters try out new material. lan Macpherson hosts and Alan Bissett. Magi Gibson. Skye Loneragan. Anneliese Mackintosh and Kirstin lnnes perform their stuff.
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