Glasgow its lie m Comedy ivory Hotel. Langside Avenue. Shawlands. 8.30pm. A beautiful night of new comedy talent. headed up by a professional headliner and MC. tucked in the heart of the Shawland. The line-ups change weekly. but always get there early for a seat.

Michael Redmond's Sunday Service The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £5 (£4; members £1). End your evening in the proverbial slippers of Michael Redmond's Sunday treat. This week the Father Ted star introduces Liam McEneaney, Scott Agnew and John Gavin. Part of the West End Festival.


Having made a steady name for himself with shows such as Skylarking. Adventures and Wandering. to become an Edinburgh Fringe staple. the Bristolian comic announced last year that he would no longer be doing the August sweatboxes. He felt bad at the prospect of selling out a large theatre over the course of a month while his comedy pals were struggling in the smaller venues: 'stealing from my mates’ is how he described it.

Instead. Howard will use this summer to record the pilot episode for 8803 first '5 t0pical comedy show. The Beeb3 bosses want him as he's dead popular with that channel's young fanbase.

Having dabbled with writing jokes and thinking about doing stand-up. he was inspired to plunge headlong into the comedy world when a guy he knew at school died in a car crash at the age of 18. Life. Howard rightly deemed. was just too short.

Howard studied economics at Bristol Uni but got away from numbers as quickly as he possibly could.

The show he is touring now. Dingledodies. takes its name from a line in Jack Kerouac's On the Road. which describes “the mad ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing.’

(Brian Donaldson)

Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow,

Thu 18 Jun.

48 TH. LIST 11—25 Jun 2009

Edinburgh Whose Lunch is it Anyway? The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. lpm.

Cure those hangover blues with a dose of

high-speed inprov from the Stand‘s favourite comedy duo: Stu and Garry. There‘s hot food available and all. Kevin Bridges Cruz. 14 The Shore. Leith. 554 4104. 7.30pm. £8. The beautifully talented Kevin Bridges takes a couple of hours to show why he‘s one of the most talked about Scottish circuit acts of recent years. Part oft/1e Leith Festival. The Sunday Night Laugh-In The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £5 (£4; members £1). Sian Bevan comperes this evening. with comedy company from Derek Miller. Stephen Callaghan. Rick Molland and chirpy duo Rob & Skatz.


Benefit in Aid of Alzheimer Scotland The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £7 (£5). A load of comedians give up their time for free to help raise money for Scotland‘s leading dementia charity. Line-up to be continued. Part of the West End Festival.


Fit 0’ the Giggles Absolute Beginners Beehive Inn. Grassmarket. 225 7171. 8pm. £2 (£1). A particularly cracking evening for the Beehive. as the legendary Vladimir McTavish comperes and Absolute Beginners founder Keara Murphy headlines. With a gazillion new acts on too.

Red Raw The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £2 (£1). You’ll definitely be getting your money‘s worth tonight. for as well as a whole heap of new acts and compere Rick Molland. you‘ll also gain the chance to see the weird and wonderful Mr Phil Nichol.


Strathciyde University Comedy Showcase Agenda. 15 Millbrae Road. 649 6861. 8pm. £3. Viv Gee presents the latest batch of prote’gées from her esteemed comedy course.

Red Raw The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £2 (£1). Charlie Ross and Marcus Ryan chivvy along the new acts come to test their wit against the audience. Part of the West End Festival.


Midweek Comedy Cabaret The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 8.30pm. £4 (£2 members). Phil Nichol retums with some of the finest new talent uncovered at the Red Raw new talent nights. for a wee lift to get you through the week.


Midweek Comedy Cabaret The Stand. 333 Woodlands Road. 0870 600 6055. 8.30pm. £4 (£2). Kevin Bridges and Phil Nichol appear alongside a selection of the best acts from the chocolate box of Red Raw. All country fudge. nae coffee. Part of the West [ind Festival.

Edinburgh Benefit in Aid of Voluntary Service Overseas The Stand. 5 York Place. 558

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7272. 8.30pm. £7 (£5). VS() sends ottt professional people to help the fight against poverty around the world. Tonight will help raise funds. with a selection of top comedians giving up their time and talents for free.


Russell Howard Royal Concert

Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. 8pm. SOLD OUT. Comedy from the boundlessly enthusiastic Bristolian who stars in BBC‘s topical comedy quiz show Mark the ll’eek. After performing to enthusiastic reviews at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. he takes his whimsical show. Ding/almlies around the country. See 5 Things.

The Thursday Show The Stand.

33.3 Woodlands Road. ()870 ()(X) 6055. 8.30pm. £8 (£7; members £4). An

As part of Refugee Week, Susan Calman hosts a night to raise funds for the British Red Cross. One of the tallest and certainly smoothest men in comedy, Mr Reginald D Hunter headlines with more of his socially-aware, often highly contentious stand-up endeavours.

Tron Theatre. Glasgow, Fri 79 Jun.

evening of acts who started their career in bonny ole Scotland: Kevin Bridges. Will Andrews. Chris Forbes. Lucy ()ldham and MC Joe Heenan. See preview for Will Andrews. l’art oft/re West [5nd I't’slit'ul.


HeresyThe Jekyll 8; Hyde. | 12 Hanover Street. 225 2022. 9pm. See Thu 1 l. The Thursday Show The Stand. 5 York Place. 558 7272. 9pm. £8 (£7; members £4). A weekend of mayhem is pretty much guaranteed. as Phil Nichol headlines with support from improv dudes Stu & Gany and Martin McAllister. Things will be hopefully held in check by MC Susan Morrison.

Glasgow Jongleurs Comedy Club Jongleurs.