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Women going solo to make us laugh

Vlad againWomen have traditionally been severely under-represented in the comedy business.  Nowhere has this gender mis-balance been so acute as in it is in Scotland. 

However, thankfully, things have started to change over the past few years.  The Stand Comedy Club, in particular has made it a policy to encourage and nurture young female comedians.  As a result, there many emerging women comics repaying that loyalty by doing their solo shows at The Stand.

All of today’s picks are at that venue.  Here are three of the most exciting young Scottish women on the stand-up scene.

Fern BradyFERN BRADY “PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS”
Stand Comedy Club, York Place  12.10 pm

Fern Brady is the personification of the word “feisty”.  Her in-your-face gruff-voiced delivery and opinionated material can often mask the fact that much of her comedy is highly self-deprecating. She already has a string of TV credits under her belt, including a self-penned sitcom.  Fern Brady is, without doubt, going to be a major star.  Catch her now in the infinite surroundings of Stand 4, before she starts selling out major venues.

ELEANOR MORTON “ALLOTTED MUCKING-ABOUT TIME”
Stand Comedy Club, York Place  1.20 pm

Last year’s Fringe debut was a critical and box-office hit, and I’m eagerly looking forward to this year’s offering.  Having made her name as a musical comic, Eleanor has now ditched her ukulele and presenting a mix of stand-up and character pieces. Engaging and quirky, Eleanor is, quite simply, one of the most naturally-gifted comedians in Scotland.

QYEEN SWEETS “NORTHEN EXPOSURE”
Stand Comedy Club, York Place   10.40 pm

Qyeen Sweets, aka Eunice Olumide, presents a unique mix of stand-up, storytelling and rap music in a late night at Stand 4.  Although very new to the circuit, Eunice has already attracted much media attention.  Catch this show to find out why.

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

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