Hitlist - The best comedy

Fred MacAulay

• 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.

Fred MacAulay

The smoothest comedian in Scotland takes time out from entertaining on TV and radio to treat the audience to some of his live wit and observations. 'Part of the Merchant City Festival 2007'

The Stand

Bruce Devlin introduces Debra-Jane Appleby, former 'Funny Women' winner and all-round good egg. There's also the witster Bruce Morton, Kevin Hayes and Paul Pirie to tickle your comedy buds, wherever they may be.

Mark Thomas Special

He's a comedian, author, radio presenter and protester and he's coming up here to entertain you while seeping important information into your brains. It's edutainment! But not rubbish.

The Stand

Colin Murphy, Steven Dick and Maeve Higgins are currently cracking their knuckles and flexing their comedy muscles, getting ready to entertain you lot. Sandy Nelson will be there as the compere, making sure you all behave.

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