The best comedy events in Scotland for autumn 2013

The best comedy events in Scotland for autumn 2013

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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.’

Russell Brand: The Messiah Complex

The loverfella with the upwardly-mobile hair struts around the world on his first global tour. This time he's looking at the idea of a Messiah Complex and dissecting historical and social figures to psychoanalyse them in his loquacious way. Plus, he'll talk about sex. And maybe the necessity of revolution.

Barry Humphries: Eat Pray Laugh!

Come along, possums, and bid a tearful adieu to Dame Edna and co on Barry Humphries' final tour.

Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent

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The political heavyweight of the comedy world is renowned for causing mayhem in the quest for fairness and good. Tonight he talks about his many acts of dissent.