5 things to see at: Merchant City Festival
It’s difficult to know how his first full run at the Edinburgh Fringe could possibly have gone better. What with his shows in a pokey room at the Pleasance Dome being so sold out that he had to add more dates in yet larger Pleasance arenas. And at the end of it all, he got himself on the Best Newcomer Award shortlist. Here he plays his biggest hometown gig to date.
The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Thu 24 Sep.
The current holder of the Scottish Comedian of the Year crown had a pretty fine Fringe too, with his tales of sexual awakening amid Glasgow gangsters and tramps. Only two more days till he hands over his SCotY trophy which might be why Emancipation is this show’s title.
Blackfriars, Glasgow, Fri 25 Sep.
The inaugural Scottish Comedian of the Year delivers another stream of jokes to test the nation’s moral compass. Not all of them are sick to the core, but rest assured that most of them will just be blinkin’ funny.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 25 Sep.
Ken Loach’s pal gets down to his stand-up roots with more sharp observations and shaggy dog stories. His screen work isn’t slowing up, mind, as he will be appearing in the Beeb’s One Night in Emergency later this year alongside Kevin McKidd, Michelle Ryan and Ewen Bremner.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Sun 27 Sep.
Scottish Comedian of the Year
Nine Scottish or Scotland-based stand-ups battle it out in the nicest possible way as we discover who will follow in the footsteps of the aforementioned messrs Agnew and Nelson.
The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, Sun 27 Sep.