STAND-UP WILL ANDREWS The Stand, Glasgow, Thu 18-Sun 21 Jun
Although he ﬁrst tried stand-up as a 17-year-old in Newcastle, Zimbabwe-born Will Andrews established his comedic reputation in Scotland. Performing live as his alter-ego Tony Carter, a dole-sponging Geordie on a government retraining scheme, he quickly progressed to developing other new talent for The Comedy Unit, writing, producing, directing and eventually winning a Scottish Bafta with the Channel 4 sketch show Blowout. Decamping to London seemed inevitable for his television career, yet initially, he found the stand-up circuit ‘a nightmare’ there.
‘You’re supported so well by The Stand, it’s the best gig in the country as far as I can tell,’ he explains. ‘But you’re raised in isolation, so when you go to London they say “Tony who?” And you have to go back to doing ﬁve minutes in a pub in the back end of nowhere. In some ways that’s good, though, because it makes you rethink what you're up to.’
Andrews will return to The Stand this August for his ﬁrst dramatic role, in an Edinburgh Fringe revival of Gregory Burke’s Gagarin Way alongside fellow comics Phil Nichol, Jim Muir and Bruce Morton. Notwithstanding the adoption of a Dunfermline accent, he’s relishing the challenge of reinterpreting such an acclaimed work. At the same time, he’ll be following his well-received forays into live sketch as part of the Ugly Kid troupe and with Greg McHugh for a new show entitled Nitwit. It’s a one-man show in which Andrews interacts with ‘a sort of box on sticks. With a screen for a face, on wheels. Tied to the ceiling by cables. It talks to me and I talk back.’ So won’t this sticky back plastic Frankenstein’s sidekick reﬂect badly on Mcl-lugh if the reviews are better? ‘I certainly hope so,’ Andrews chuckles. (Jay Richardson)
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Damian Clark. Marcus Ryan and Ro
; Campbell show off all that's best about down under. Dear Elvis. there‘ll probably be ﬂip-ﬂops.
The Thursday Show The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £8 (£7; members £4). Sean Percival. Liam McEneaney. Scott Agnew and Kim MacAskill join host Raymond
Meams for a weekend of chuckles. .90 Caliber Comedy Presents . . .
Pivo Five. 15 Waterloo Street. 564 8100. ; Edinburgh 8pm. £7 (£6). Aussies rule this evening. as 1 Vladimir McTavish Cruz. 14 The
' Shore. l.eith. 554 4104. 7.30pm. £8 (£7).
The much-loved McTavish performs his comedy countdown of The 50 Greatest
St‘uts‘ ()fx'lll 'Ilme. . . liver! Part of the
l.eith festival. Heresy The Jekyll & Hyde. 1 l2
: Hanover Street. 225 2022. 9pm. Your : favourite night of depraved comedy is
now free. but with the same great line-ups lorded over by MC Rick Molland. Chuck a few quid in the bucket if you have a nice
The Thursday Show The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £8 (£7; members
£4). Join host Susan (‘alman as she ' presents a variety of acts to suit all tastes. including Andre Vincent. Rob & Skatz.
Barry McDonald and Rick Molland.
Fit 0’ the Giggles Finest Cruz. 14
The Shore. l.eith. 554 4104. 10pm. £6. in
3 its homes at the Mercat and the 2 Grassmarket. Fit 0' the Giggles has seen
some bloomin‘ good acts pass through its
doors. Here are some of the best. With Keara Murphy. Part of the l.eith I-estii'ul.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. UGC Building. 1 1 Renfrew Street. 0844
' 844 ()044. 8pm. From £12. Charming
cheek from Patrick Monahan. with Roger I) and Mike (iunn. Dancing afterwards included in the price. as if you didn't know.
DAM Fine Comedy (iramol'on Bistro. 7 . King Street. 8.30pm. £5 (£3). Viv (ice and
Rob Kane host this weekly foray into all
things comedy for next to nothing.
The Friday Show The Stand. 333
Woodlands Road. ()870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £10 (£9; members £5). See Thu
1 1 for line-up.
Wild Colonial Boys Cruz. 14 The Shore. l.eith. 554 4104. 7.30pm. £8 (£61. A chance to sample three of Australia‘s comedy exports: Damian Clark. Marcus
Ryan and Ro Campbell in a brilliant
showcase of talent from Down lfnder.
Part of the [with l'estit'ul.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. ()mni Centre. (ireenside
' Place. ()844 844 0044. 7.45pm. From £1 1. A weekend of booze. food. dancing and
comedy from Rob ileeney. John Simmit.
Dave Johns and Keith Faman. Like a
cruise with sunbum.
The Friday Show The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £10 (£9: members £5). See Thu 1 1 for line-up.
About Robert the Bruce Cruz. 14 The Shore. l.eith. 554 4104. 10pm. £5. Exercise your brain and your laughing
. muscles. as Bruce Fummey takes you on
a tour of the funnier bits of Scottish
f history. Part of the [.eith I-estiml.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. UGC Building. 1 1 Renfrew Street. 0844 844 0044. 8pm. From £12. See Fri 12.
5 The Saturday Show The Stand. 333 . Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 9pm. ' £13. See Thu 1 l for line-up. I’urt oft/1e
West End Festival.
Comedy 6 The State The State Bar.
148 Holland Street. 0141 332 215‘). 9.30pm. £6. MC The Ram introduces
some fab local talent: Alan Sharp. Chris
Forbes. Matt Finlayson and headliner
f Keara Murphy.
Best of Scottish Comedy Cruz. 14 The Shore. l.eith. 554 4104. 7.30pm. £10 (£8). A celebration of all things cracking
about Scottish comedy. in this most Scottish of festivals. Caledonian comics abound. Part of the lz'ith I'esti'i'ul.
Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs. ()mni Centre. (ireenside Place. (1844 844 0044. 7.45pm. From £1 1. See Fri 12. Puppetry of the Penis Playhouse. 18—22 (ireenside Place. 0870 606 3424.
Keith Farnan A cerebral comic who does hour-long shows about the general awfulness of capital punishment plays to a different kind of crowd. Jongleurs. Edinburgh, Fri 72 8 Sat 73 Jun.
Kevin Bridges The nation‘s foremost young comic gears up for a month at the Fringe with a barrage of dates. He's even doing two gigs on the same night. Twice. Amazing stuff. Cruz, Edinburgh, Sun 14 Jun; The Stand, Glasgow, Wed 7 7—Sat 20 Jun; Jongleurs, Glasgow, Fri 79 8. Sat 20 Jun.
Russell Howard Bristol‘s juggernaut of jollity brings more of his sold-out Ding/edodies craziness our way. See 5 Things. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 78 Jun.
Will Andrews In a former life. this guy was the useless techno-minded Geordie New Deal comic, Tony Carter. Now he might well just be a different version of himself. as he has a go at some jokes and that. See preview. The Stand, Glasgow, Thu 7 8—Sun 27 Jun.
Jimmy Carr The reliably outrageous wag delivers more caustic one-liners for the Fair City folk. Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Fri 79 Jun.
8pm. £13.50 (£16.50). Featuring two Australians who manipulate their genitals into various shapes. objects and landmarks.
Gordon Banks and Others (‘arriers Quarters. 42 Bernard Street. l.eith. 554 4122. 9pm. £3 (£2). Salient observational comedy. Part of the l.eith festival.
The Saturday Show The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £13. See Thu 1 l for line-up.
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