D.A.M. Fine Comedy
Gramofon Bistro, Glasgow, Thu 22 May & 5 Jun
NEW COMEDY NIGHT
New comedy nights emerge and disappear in Scotland every year, but to acknowledge a mea culpa, few are noticed by the media. Regardless, undeterred comics are increasingly becoming comedy promoters, nipping at The Stand and Jongleurs’ central belt hegemony with regular nights in bars and back rooms. A great little night like the Brick Wit House in Glasgow can still flounder simply because the bar itself goes under, but the general flow of gigs in both cities seems set to continue outpacing the ebb, with local talent continually popping up elsewhere to meet the burgeoning demand for live laughter.
Seeking to establish itself in the Merchant City, D.A.M. Fine Comedy has a better pedigree and prospects than most. Mind you, if it’s sod’s law that a critic plans to review only your second gig, it’s an utter git’s commandment that it will then be cancelled due to electrics failure in the bistro upstairs; yet he’ll write about you all the same. Taking place fortnightly in Gramofon’s basement, Downstairs at Mine is booked by stand-up Mike Adams, who maintains that ‘it’s a cracking comedy space, like a really, really big living room. It’s perfectly square and we can seat about 40 people, 50 or 60 at a push.’
More intimate than The Stand, yet more salubrious than The State Bar, D.A.M. Fine really plugs a gap in the market. Opening night was headlined by the consistently underrated and unpredictable at close quarters Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III and the 22 May show features the unshakeable ebullience of compere Billy Kirkwood, cheerfully coarse Keir McAllister, fresh-faced Kim Griffin and the rather less so Graham Mackie. Former Scottish Comedian of the Year Mark Nelson headlines on 5 June, with assured compere Scott Agnew, animated Aussie Ro Campbell, promising Chris Forbes and droll, self-deprecating ginger Barry McDonald.