Student Guide 2015: Funny feeling
We round up the best comedy clubs and nights in Glasgow and Edinburgh
The behemoth of the country’s comedy scene with two purpose-built venues attracting big names as well as regulars on the Scottish circuit. Among the various staples are the Red Raw open mic nights, Bright Club comedy from some of the nation’s funniest academics (yes, we know), Improv Wars, Comedian Rap Battles and Stu and Garry’s Free Improv Show. Some top acts appearing this autumn include Chris Ramsey, Joe Lycett, Zoe Lyons and Hardeep Singh Kohli.
Woodlands Road, Glasgow; York Place, Edinburgh.
Wild Cabaret & Wicked Lounge
A brand spanking new comedy night at this exciting venue will bring together a host of names for your Thursday evening entertainment. Just Comedy is lucky to have the ‘godmother of Scottish comedy’, Janey Godley as its host.
Edinburgh Uni students are treated to some quality touring names in the Pleasance Theatre this autumn such as local-boy-done-good Iain Stirling and Abandoman, while the Improverts do their regular adlibbing thing at the Bedlam Theatre. Every Tuesday night, Grassroots Comedy (‘the freshest comedy Edinburgh has to offer’) takes place in the legendary Cabaret Bar.
Pleasance, Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh.
This bijou venue brings us some Yesbar Virgins each Thursday night with an opportunity for those at the very beginning of their comedic career to shine while the Comedy Sunday School aims to ‘put the audience in control of the fun’. Which sounds just a little bit terrifying. Both nights have Graham Barrie on MC duties.
Drury Street, Glasgow.
Now an established venue at the Edinburgh Fringe hosting the Scottish Comedy Festival, the Grassmarket pub houses the Friday night Monkey Barrel Comedy with a series of up-and-comers topped off by a headline act. Proceedings are kept in check by Rick Molland.
The Edinburgh institution has made westerly in-roads with a regular Friday night extravaganza at Drygate but they’re certainly not forgetting their east coast roots with a capital residency at the Festival Theatre Studio. Among the names showing up before Christmas are Matt Forde, Felicity Ward, Jonny Pelham, Lucy Beaumont and Marcel Lucont.
Drygate, Glasgow; Festival Theatre Studio, Edinburgh.