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The Hot 100 2010 - Mark Millar, Kevin Bridges and Alasdair Gray take top 3 spots

16 Dec 2010

Our annual chart of the top creatives in Scotland

The Hot 100 is a list of Scots who’ve made a sizeable creative splash in 2010. It includes musicians, artists, writers, actors, fashion designers, technological innovators, shop owners, festival directors, record label heads and one mad cyclist.

Scary Movie 5

18 Apr 20131 star

Lazy, limp and humourless addition to the series

Blame Airplane! It was a fast, funny and inventive piss take of disaster movies. Unfortunately everyone who has tried to rip off the formula in the modern era shoots so low. Admittedly the first Scary Movie (2000) had a few ‘I can’t believe they did…

The Last Circus

20 Jun 20114 stars

Spanish black comedy/horror takes in clowns, circus life, love and madness

The latest film from writer/director Alex de la Iglesia is almost unclassifiable, a love story, a black comedy and horror all apply and as fans of his Accion Mutante (1992) will know it’s this glorious mess of ideas and themes that makes for such a…

Interview: comedian John Kearns offers Sight Gags for Perverts

25 Feb 2014

A show that's part confessional, part character comedy, but all very, very funny

Sight Gags for Perverts is a very unusual show. John Kearns shambles on stage dressed in scruffy wig and false teeth before launching into a patience-testing song and rambling on about loneliness, failure and Berlin. ‘It's basically me,’ says Kearns in…

Hot 100 2013: 89-80

11 Dec 2013

Anna Meredith, Neil Forsyth and Greg McHugh among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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Russell Brand - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 12 Oct 2013

17 Oct 20134 stars

Messiah Complex is the comedian's most coherent, unashamedly intelligent show yet

There are two versions of Russell Brand in the public domain. There’s the brilliant, fast-witted comedian, and there's the tabloid caricature, a grotesque exaggeration of Brand's worst traits, and a paper-thin construct reduced to the adjectives 'randy…

Sight Gags for Perverts

22 Aug 20133 stars

Zig zagging through a warped world

John Kearns is a very strange man. Judging by the fright wig, false teeth and opening ‘musical’ number, you know this isn’t going to be conventional stand-up. The Guardian review that he mentions here is right on the money: there are no jokes per se…

Luke and Harry's Journey to Sex Colony 01

20 Aug 20134 stars

Baffling but really kind of wonderful creepy sci-fi odyssey

Subtitled ‘Journey to Sex Colony 01’ Luke Davies and Harry Carr’s show is a vaguely creepy sci-fi odyssey. It's as far removed from stand-up as you can get, the entire show is an immersive experience. Most of the audience will only sway, chant and dance…

Foil, Arms and Hog - Late Night Irish Sketch Comedy

20 Aug 20133 stars

Lovable Irish cheeky chappie trio

Sketch trio Sean Finegan (Foil), Conor McKenna (Arms) and Sean Flanagan (Hog) have made a decent name for themselves in their native Ireland. And it’s easy to see why, their hyperactive knockabout comedy is an hour of solid entertainment with a decent…

RockNess 2013 comedy line-up announced

15 Mar 2013

Dylan Moran, Jim Jeffries and Daniel Sloss lead this year’s stand-up bill at Scottish music festival

Following 2012’s year’s killer set from Tim Minchin, music festival RockNess once more prove their commitment to laughs as well as dance beats. Foul mouthed comic Jim Jeffries will be reaching out over the taste barrier with his only Scottish appearance…

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Hot 100 2012: 10-2

11 Dec 2012

John Tiffany, Andy Murray and Luke Fowler among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Hot 100 2012: 29-20

11 Dec 2012

Chvrches, Cora Bissett and Grant Morrison among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

Asher Treleaven: Troubadour

28 Aug 20123 stars

The Aussie comedian amiably breaks his life down into six parts

It’s a question you wish more stand ups would ask before embarking on a 30 date Festival run: ‘is my life actually interesting enough to talk about for a whole hour?’. Of course by posing this query at the start of his show Asher Treleaven sets himself…

Wil Hodgson: Kidnapped by Catwoman

22 Aug 20123 stars

A personal history of sexual turn ons

With The Dark Knight Rises ruling the box office this summer, Wil Hodgson has chosen a timely crush for the title of his new confessional comedy show on kinks, turn-ons and fantasies. As it turns out, he’s more interested in the 60s Adam West-era feline…

Sound & Fury's Doc Faustus

22 Aug 20122 stars

Comedy troupe deliver a low-quality western pastiche of the famous morality tale

When you first read, or saw an adaptation of, Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, was your first thought: ‘it’s okay but what it really needs is more cowboys’? If you did Sound and Fury have answered your prayers with a country and western take on the…

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Darkness Rising

7 Aug 20123 stars

Comedy-horror mash-up is generally great entertainment

Comedy and horror might seem like unlikely bedfellows but when you get it right it can be an inspired mix of pitch black humour and creeping dread. The shocks heighten the relief the gags offer, just witness the gore soaked laughs of Shaun of the Dead…

Men in Black III

1 Jun 20123 stars

Silly, lightweight, completely unnecessary but surprisingly fun

In these times of austerity Hollywood seems scared of originals ideas. Studios demand ‘brand recognition’ before they’ll stump up the multi-million dollar budgets blockbusters require. And they seem willing to latch onto almost any brand, from comics to…

Hot 100 2011 - No. 49 to 1

16 Dec 2011

The definitive list of Scottish creative talent

The Hot 100 is the definitive list of Scottish creative talent. From fashion designers to performance artists, everyone who has made a sizeable splash in 2011 has a place in this countdown. It’s for people who’ve created a buzz, but it’s also about…

Beckett & Smith

24 Aug 20114 stars

A genuinely funny 60 minutes

There are some real gems on the free festival circuit, but picking the wheat from the chaff can be a daunting prospect. Split into two halves, Ian Smith launches this hour of stand up with some freewheeling rambling that at times cuts close to the bone…

Terry Alderton

16 Aug 20114 stars

Hour of clever nonsense with surreal twist

Taking many of the conventions of old-school stand-up – observational comedy, sound effects, impressions – Alderton gives them a surreal twist before cramming them all together. Some punchlines get lost in the chaos of songs, dancing and vocal mimicry…

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Isy Suttie

15 Aug 20113 stars

Cute, clever music-based comedy from the Peep Show comedian

Best known as geek love interest Dobby from Peep Show, Suttie’s an incredibly likeable comedian. Mixing stand-up and music, her humour has a real warmth and the stuttering love story of Pearl and Dave that runs through the show is instantly engaging and…

Sink or Spin

8 Aug 20114 stars

It’s gym life, but not as we know it

A site-specific comedy set in the working environs of Bannatyne’s Health Club (you even need to fill in a fitness form as you enter), you’ll spend most of Sink or Spin on an exercise bike in a distinctly unusual class taught by Clement (Donal Coonan).

Will Ferrell interview

6 Nov 2009

Land of the Lost star talk us through time

With the DVD release of Land of the Lost imminent, Will Ferrell explains his role in this fast-paced, action adventure comedy.

Axis of Awesome

18 Aug 20093 stars

Spoof songs and inter-band bickering aplenty

Rock comedy, spoof songs and inter-band bickering aplenty here from this Aussie trio. Some of it is dumb fun and some is pretty sharp, particularly their destruction of the ‘four chords’ that make up so many pop songs. Unfortunately, the music itself…

One Man Lord of the Rings

10 Aug 20092 stars

Baffling speeded-up Middle Earth affair

The trend for cutting down and speeding up plays/films/text kicked off with the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and Charlie Ross is a veteran of the subgenre, having brought his One Man Star Wars to the Fringe in previous years. Dressed in a sturdy boiler…