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JASON MANFORD: MUDDLE CLASS
Pavilion Theatre, Fri 2 Nov, paviliontheatre.co.uk The comedian and actor returns to the stand-up stage with a show questioning his own place in this mad, mad world. Also Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline, Sat 3 Nov, alhambradunfermline.com
DANIEL SLOSS: X Tramway, Sat 3 Nov, tramway. org The Scottish comedian (as seen on Netflix!) and recipient of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival ‘Best of the Fest’ International Award, presents his latest show. Also touring, see list. co.uk/comedy for details.
ROBERT FLORENCE IS BISCUITY
BOYLE: MY BASTART LIFE The Stand, Sun 4 Nov, thestand. co.uk/whats-on/glasgow Character comedy from the co-writer and star of sketch show Burnistoun. Expect heavy breathing and trousers falling down.
CHRIS RAMSEY: JUST HAPPY TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
The Stand, Glasgow, Sun 18 Nov, thestand.co.uk/whats-on/glasgow The genial Geordie and 2011 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee passes on some ‘wisdom’ to his young son through the medium of stand-up.
Rowe presents a show about his working-class roots, featuring the winning gag of the 2018 Dave Joke of the Fringe Award. See My Comedy Hero, page 89. EDINBURGH
ROSS NOBLE: EL HABLADOR Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Sat 3 Nov, capitaltheatres.com/your- visit/festival-theatre The wild-haired Geordie, prone to wondrous tangents and surreal interludes, wanders back out on tour with a brand new show.
ROB KEMP: THE ELVIS DEAD Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, Sat 3 Nov, gilded balloon.co.uk The multi-award winning one-man comedy musical starring Rob Kemp has the cult classic Evil Dead 2 being reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis. Trust us, it works like a dream.
JUST THE TONIC COMEDY CLUB The Tron, various dates in Nov & Dec, justthetonic.com/edinburgh- comedy Pre-festive weekend comedy nights downstairs at The Tron featuring the likes of David Kay, Tom Stade, Andrew O’Neill, Chris Forbes and more.
MINTED COMEDY FESTIVAL The Pleasance, Sun 4 Nov, eusa. ed.ac.uk/ents/event/12434 Line-up of established acts as well as up-and- comers in the Scottish comedy scene, featuring Gary Meikle, Rachel Jackson and Susan Riddell (see Local Laughs, page 88), with all of it compered by Chrissy Ross.
ZOE LYONS: ENTRY LEVEL VULCAN 7
HUMAN The Stand, Mon 26 Nov, thestand. co.uk/whats-on/glasgow The stand- up comic and Mock the Week regular discusses not really knowing what she’s doing in life. See preview, page 89. Also The Stand, Edinburgh, Tue 27 Nov, thestand.co.uk/whats-on/Edinburgh
ADAM ROWE: UNDENIABLE The Stand, Wed 28 Nov, thestand. co.uk/whats-on/glasgow Adam
King’s Theatre, Mon 5–Sat 10 Nov, capitaltheatres.com New comedy written by and starring two Young Ones icons, Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer about, ironically, two former drama students.
JEN BRISTER: MEANINGLESS The Stand, Wed 14 Nov, thestand. co.uk/whats-on/Edinburgh Brister attempts to figure out the meaning of life in a show where, as we described during
August, ‘the patriarchy gets a good, hard shoeing, as does period poverty, austerity and the gender pay gap.’ DARA O BRIAIN: VOICE
unique mix of comedy, melody and poetry. Also The Stand, Glasgow, Tue 20 Nov, thestand.co.uk/whats- on/glasgow
OF REASON ELIS JAMES & JOHN ROBINS:
Edinburgh Playhouse, Fri 16 & Sat 17 Nov, playhousetheatre.com The television regular – best known as the host of Mock the Week – takes his latest routines to the stage.
MUM’S THE WORD Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, Fri 16 Nov, Fri 7 Dec, gildedballoon. co.uk A comedy gig designed for parents with babies as hosted by comedian and mother, Katie Mulgrew. Feel free and relaxed to feed, change and nurse your wee one as the comedy acts get on with their regular material.
THE HOLY VIBLE TOUR The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Thu 22 Nov, thequeenshall.net Matey jousting from Welsh wag Elis James and John Robins, joint winner (with Hannah Gadsby) of the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award.
ROB NEWMAN: TOTAL ECLIPSE
OF DESCARTES The Stand, Sun 25 Nov, thestand. co.uk/whats-on/Edinburgh The comedian and novelist, and former comedy sparring buddy of David Baddiel, wonders whether philosophy can help in a world gone crazy.
GARY DELANEY: GAGSTER’S
PARADISE JAY LAFFERTY: BESOMS
The Stand, Edinburgh, Sun 18 Nov, thestand.co.uk/whats-on/ Edinburgh Quickfire one-line comedy from this Mock the Week regular. Also The Stand, Glasgow, Mon 19 Nov, thestand.co.uk/whats-on/glasgow
HARRY AND CHRIS: SAVE THE WORLD
The Stand, Sun 18 Nov, thestand. co.uk/whats-on/Edinburgh Harry Baker and Chris Read present their
Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, Thu 29 Nov, Thu 27 Dec, gilded balloon. co.uk A monthly evening of comedy featuring under-represented groups, hosted by Jay Lafferty.
SANDI TOKSVIG King’s Theatre, Sun 27 Jan, capitaltheatres.com Comedian, TV and radio presenter and bestselling author Toksvig presents her one- woman comedy show.
P H O T O
M A T T C R O C K E T T
JOE LYCETT: I’M JOHN COOPER
STEWART FRANCIS: FLO & JOAN: ALIVE
FIN TAYLOR: WHEN
ABOUT TO LOSE CLARKE
INTO THE PUNSET ON STAGE
HARASSY MET SALLY
CONTROL AND I THINK JOE LYCETT Edinburgh Playhouse, Wed 7 Nov, playhousetheatre. com The Birmingham-born comic tours his latest show about some recent pranks, internet larks and the things that truly get his goat. Also touring, see list.co.uk/ comedy for details.
The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 30 Nov, thequeenshall.net The legendary Mancunian punk poet (who rather curiously will celebrate his 70th birthday on the next Burns’ Night), is a spiritual godfather to the likes of Mike Skinner and Plan B hauls his insatiable laconic wit on tour.
Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre, Sat 1 Dec, culturenl.co.uk Deadpan one-liners from the Canadian stand-up and Mock the Week alumnus. It’s your last chance to see him tour. Ever! See preview, page 88. Also touring, see list.co.uk/ comedy for details The Stand, Glasgow, Thu 17 Jan, thestand.co.uk/ whats-on/glasgow Dark and witty whimsical musical comedy from sisters Flo and Joan (actually Nicola and Rosie Dempsey). See preview, page 87. Also The Stand, Edinburgh, Sat 19 Jan, thestand.co.uk/ whats-on/Edinburgh
The Stand, Edinburgh, Sun 20 Jan, thestand. co.uk/whats-on/ Edinburgh A confrontational show about gender, trans identity and #MeToo. Also The Stand, Glasgow, Mon 21 Jan, thestand. co.uk/whats-on/ glasgow
H I T L I S T
90 THE LIST 1 Nov 2018–31 Jan 2019