The best comedy events in Scotland for autumn 2013
Russell Brand, Barry Humphries and Mark Thomas set for UK tours
Recently seen as a brutish headmaster in Sky comedy Chickens, Barry Humphries is bidding farewell to the stage with his Eat Pray Laugh show. His long goodbye to Scottish crowds kicks off at the Festival Theatre (Tue 5–Sat 9 Nov) with a second leg cropping up at Glasgow King’s next February. We’re sure Dame Edna will have plenty barbs to chuck out at possums everywhere and we’d be amazed if a few of them aren’t aimed at new Aussie leader, Tony Abbott.
No doubt the Daily Mail and / or Express will have assigned a ‘reporter’ to follow Russell Brand (SECC, Glasgow, Fri 11 Oct; Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Sat 12 Oct) everywhere he goes on his Messiah Complex tour just in case he slips up royally. For the rest of us, his reputation will live or die on what he gets up to in the privacy of his own stage.
Having recently launched his new mischief-making manifesto, 100 Acts of Minor Dissent, Mark Thomas takes his cheeky japes across the country. The show is an ever-evolving beast so by the time it reaches Scotland (The Stand, Glasgow Stand, Mon 21 Oct), who knows what conscience-nudging larks he’ll have been up to.’