Hitlist - the best comedy
Raymond Mearns You may have seen the big man in Ken Loach’s It’s a Free World recently, but don’t hold that against him. Here he’s back to what he does best; shooting the breeze in front of his adoring public. Jongleurs, Edinburgh, Thu 4–Sat 6 Oct; the Stand, Glasgow, Thu 11–Sat 13 Oct.
Heresy Glasgow The comedy night that delivers filth and degradation by the coffin-load moves west. This inaugural gig has Teddy and Billy Kirkwood among those doing their worst. Almost literally. O’Henry’s, Glasgow, Fri 5 Oct.
Russian Revolution 90th Anniversary! Not a night of Russian comedy, mind, merely a chance to say hats off to 90 years of freedom from those pesky Tsars. And why not? Vlad McTavish and Mr Mearns are up there as is Trevor Griffiths, the British playwright who penned Reds and, even more pertinently, Comedians. Na zdarovye. The Stand, Edinburgh, Tue 9 Oct.
Nick Doody The man who shoots down hypocrisy at every turn is back to entertain us. The Stand, Glasgow, Thu 11–Sun 14 Oct.
Attila the Stockbroker The legendary punk poet drops by on his world tour with a night of verse, song and a message or 12 for the disaffected. Bannerman’s, Edinburgh, Thu 11 Oct.
Paul Sinha One of the true rising stars of this comedy game consolidates his elegant second Fringe run with a trip back north to amuse the capital’s clown-lovers. The Stand, Edinburgh, Thu 18 Oct.