Hitlist - The best comedy
• Fred MacAulay The star of telly and radio also happens to be a truly inspiring stand-up performer and this show is one of the main draws of the Merchant City Festival. The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Sat 22 Sep.
• Debra-Jane Appelby The former Funny Women winner is back north aiming to capitalise on her impressive Fringe debut of 2005 in which she wondered why her childhood dreams of the future never came true. The Stand, Edinburgh, Fri 28 & Sat 29 Sep.
• Colin Murphy Another man on the comeback trail is this popular Irish comic who received uniformly positive Fringe reviews between 2000 and 2004 but seemed to have exited stage left. Let’s see if the fire is back in his belly. The Stand, Glasgow, Wed 26, Fri 28 & Sat 29 Sep.
• Mark Thomas The old rabblerouser is back with more targets lining up to face his activist ire. See preview. The Stand, Edinburgh, Tue 2 Oct; the Stand, Glasgow, Wed 3 Oct.