COMEDY | Highlights


Wed 14–Sun 18 Oct. BILL BAILEY:


BETTER THAN THIS King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 3–Sat 5 Sep, venues/kings-theatre We thought he’d gone into retirement, but seems he just can’t stay away and we thank him for it. More dark, dangerous and damn funny stuff from Mr Boyle.

WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Mon 21–Sat 26 Sep & Thu 1–Mon 5 Oct, The biggest name in Scottish stand-up continues his reign with another show packed with astute observations. Also The Edinburgh Playhouse,


DOUG STANHOPE o2 Academy, Glasgow, Fri 2 & Sat 3 Oct, o2academyglasgow. The leading light in intelligent American comedy takes a brutal look at the stupidity of society and politics today. See feature, page 26.

LIMBOLAND SECC, Glasgow, Wed 21 & Thu 22 Oct, The master of surreality airs his qualms about the world via religious debstep, horntallica and more.



INSANE) The Brunton, Musselburgh, Fri 30 Oct, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna, but you won’t catch her falling down any stairs at the Brit Awards. She has lots to say about ageing here. See preview, page 57.


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STAND UP FOR THE GREENS The Rum Shack, Fri 18 Sep, therumshackglasgow Bruce Morton, Viv Gee, Ally Houston, Elaine Malcolmson and Andrew Learmonth are among those making you laugh in order to raise support for the Scottish Green Party.

FRISKY & MANNISH: JUST TOO MUCH Òran Mór, Mon 21 Sep, oran-mor. A brand new show from the musical cabaret comedy duo. See preview, page 56.

DOC BROWN: THE WEIRD WAY ROUND Òran Mór, Thu 24 Sep, oran-mor. A tongue-in-cheek take on hip-hop culture. Also, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 25 Sep. See preview, page 57.

DANIEL SLOSS: DARK The Stand, Sun 27 Sep, thestand. A darker show from Daniel ‘excuse me while I smash the system’ Sloss. Also, The Stand, Edinburgh, Wed 30 Sep; Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, Sat 17 Oct. See preview, page 57. WEIRD AL YANKOVIC o2 ABC, Fri 9 Oct, abcglasgow. com Weird Al parodies popular rock songs in the most amusing and good- natured ways. Think ‘Eat It’, ‘Amish Paradise’, ‘Another One Rides the Bus’, ‘Polka Face’ and ‘Word Crimes’. See First & Last, page 128.

THE RETURN OF FRANCIE & JOSIE Pavilion Theatre, Sun 11 Oct, Liam Dolan and Johnny Mac take on the roles

58 THE LIST 3 Sep–5 Nov 2015

JEREMY HARDY Carnegie Hall, Sun 1 Nov, onfife. com/venues/carnegie-hall/ overview Mr Hardy is a stalwart of BBC Radio 4 comedy including The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Now’s your chance to see Jezza out on his own, peddling his intelligent satire and gentle musings across the country. FALKIRK

FUNNY IN FALKIRK Various venues: Falkirk, Thu 15–Sun 25 Oct, funnyinfalkirk. com Falkirk delivers the mirth via live comedy, films and art with a top-notch line-up of familiar comedy faces, covering both boundary-pushing contemporary comedy and family- friendly appeal. The first headliner act to be announced so far is the splendid Ardal O’Hanlon. Keep your peepers peeled for more news on other top comedy treats. HAMILTON

HA HA HAMILTON COMEDY GALA The Town House, Fri 25 Sep, A comedy gala in aid of the STV Appeal, featuring Des Clarke, Robert Florence, Greg McHugh, Janey Godley, Tom Stade and many more.


JAMIE MACDONALD: THAT FUNNY BLIND GUY Macrobert Arts Centre, Fri 25 Sep, Jamie MacDonald talks about the lighter side of being blind.

JASON BYRNE: 20 YEARS A CLOWN Macrobert Arts Centre, Thu 15 Oct, The immensely popular Fringe fave takes to the stage for an evening of his raucous stand-up, reflecting on two whole decades as a top-flight comedian.

made famous by Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy in this tribute act to the iconic duo. STEWART FRANCIS: PUN GENT The Old Fruitmarket, Tue 20 Oct, Surreal and deadpan one-liners from the Scotland- based Canadian stand-up and TV regular, as seen on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo.

ALAN CARR: YAP, YAP, YAP SECC, Thu 29–Sat 31 Oct, secc. The camp face of Chatty Man proves his status as the king of bitchy comedy. ONE MAN BREAKING BAD Theatre Royal, Sun 1 Nov, royal-glasgow One man. Sixty minutes. Sixty episodes. Shedloads of knowledge. Miles Allen (pictured) brings TV smash Breaking Bad to life, all by himself.

HARRY ENFIELD AND PAUL WHITEHOUSE: LEGENDS SECC, Tue 3 Nov, After working together for a mere 25 years, Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse are packing up their characters and

sketches and taking to the road. Expect Loadsamoney, the Old Gits, Smashie and Nicey, Kevin the teenager and plenty more. Rolling back the years, they call it. EDINBURGH

JOE LYCETT: THAT’S THE WAY, A-HA A-HA, JOE LYCETT The Stand, Sun 18 Oct, thestand. Mr Lycett’s latest show is all about the ability to be a wee bit useless in life while trying to figure out what it’s all about. He talks about his home town (it’s actually Birmingham, doncha know?) and about the time he met Kim Kardashian, which is bound to be an interesting story if nothing else. Also, The Stand, Glasgow, Mon 19 Oct.

SHIRLEY GHOSTMAN: SPOOKTACULAR ON ICE Queen’s Hall, Sat 24 Oct, Absolutely real psychic medium and definitely not Marc Wootton taking the piss out of Derek Acorah et al, Shirley Ghostman makes contact with your deceased love ones. For reals.