Three to See

Glasgow puts its laughter on show

Vlad againAs a Glaswegian based in Edinburgh, I’ve never really bought into the so-called rivalry between the two cities, but there is no doubting there are cultural differences. 

Glaswegians are proud of their hospitality, while Edinburgh folk boast of their festivals, and of the vibrant street theatre it brings to the city every August,  Glasgow doesn’t need street theatre, it has Glaswegians, whose natural wit is on show twelve months of the year. 

Unsurprisingly, Glasgow has produced some great comedians down the years, and a number of the current crop are in Edinburgh this year.

So here are three of my favourite Glaswegian comedians performing at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe.

Screenshot 2015-08-18 00.37.00JANEY GODLEY “HONEST TO GODLEY”
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, West Nicholson Street  7.45 pm

Glasgow’s own Queen of Comedy, a world-class stand-up who’s never lost touch with her roots. Janey’s true-life stories are side-splittingly funny.  As she says herself “I don’t write jokes, I just leave the hoose and stuff happens.”  I was gigging with her last weekend , and by the time she got off stage, there wasn’t a dry seat in the house.  This show will be brilliant AND it’s free to get in.  Mind you, she’ll be rattling a bucket for cash donations before you get out.

Stand Comedy Club  9.30 pm

Gary Little is a big guy with an enormous stage presence, yet his comedy can be surprisingly gentle and self-mocking at times. The man is a born story-teller, and this series of anecdotes about “growing up with lies, drink, drugs and sex toys” could be one of the surprise hits of this year’s Fringe.

Gilded Balloon, Bristo Square 4.15pm

Another young Scottish stand-up who is definitely going places.  Ray took this show out to Australia earlier this year, performing at the Adelaide Fringe.  Over the past year, Ray has been asking complete strangers on the internet to dare him to do ridiculous stunts.  This show tells how it all turned out.  It’s hilarious.  Definitely see it.

Vladimir McTavish’s one-person show “Scotland, 45 Events That Shaped A Nation” is at The Stand Comedy Club 5, at 6.15 pm from Friday 7th to Sunday 30th August . He is also appearing at the Daily Business Summer Party at the Jam House on Wednesday 26th.

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