5 things to see at: Merchant City Festival

5 things to see at: Merchant City Festival

Kevin Bridges

Kevin Bridges
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.

Scott Agnew

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.

Mark Nelson

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.

Raymond Mearns
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.

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Merchant City Festival

A diverse arts festival in Glasgow's swanky part of town. Previous years have seen comedy, theatre and art events cramming themselves into the area's fashionable buildings, while street performers add to the festival atmosphere.

Merchant City, Glasgow

Thu 8 Jul

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Fri 9 Jul

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Sat 10 Jul

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Sun 11 Jul

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Mark Nelson: No Title, Just Jokes

Winner of the Scottish Comedian of the Year 2006 performs his solo show.

Scottish Comedian of the Year Grand Final

10 Scottish stand-ups compete for the crown.

Kevin Bridges

The beautifully talented Kevin Bridges takes a couple of hours to show why he's one of the most talked about Scottish circuit acts of recent years. 'Part of the Merchant City Festival'.