Best for live comedy coming to Scotland in 2016

Top tips for live comedy in 2016

Dylan Moran

From Limmy to Gary and Vic ‘n’ Bob to Grumpy Old Women, a whole host of funny folk are set to make Scottish audiences giggle

While the Glasgow International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe dominate comedic proceedings in Scotland, there are plenty touring shows to keep you rolling in the aisles during 2016. Here’s a fine starting 11 …

Limmy – The artist also known as Brian Limond has previously spoken about his dread of performing his characters live. He must be well over that now, given the scale of his return to the stage.
SECC, Glasgow, Thursday 28–Sunday 31 January.

Reeves & Mortimer – Thankfully Bob has recovered from his heart surgery so that the 2016 leg of the R&M 25th anniversary tour could take place. So, what’s on the end of the stick, Vic? And so forth.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Sunday 31 January.

Tommy Tiernan – Having put himself right out there with his impro shows at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, the Navan genius comes Out of the Whirlwind and takes very few prisoners with his challenging and committed live act.
Macrobert, Stirling, Thursday 10 March; Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Friday 11 & Saturday 12 March.

Dylan Moran – Tiernan’s fellow Navanite, the Edinburgh-based Moran continues his blistering Off the Hook tour which looks at everything from modern technology to the types of cheeses which go especially well with the news.
King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Sunday 13 March; Music Hall, Aberdeen, Monday 14 March; Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Tuesday 12 & Wednesday 13 April.

Richard Herring – After taking a break from the Edinburgh Fringe last year for the first time ever, Stew Lee’s former sidekick is back with a show about his newfound status as a husband and father. It’s called Happy Now?, that question mark rather suggesting he might not be.
Edinburgh Stand, Wednesday 16 March; Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Thursday 17 March.

Paul Zerdin – It’s happy days for fans of the ancient art of ventriloquism as the British victor of last year’s America’s Got Talent brings us his array of puppet pals such as a booby-obsessed baby and a ‘gangster’ rap-loving pensioner.
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Monday 18 April.

Sarah Millican – The jovial Geordie lass storms the nation with her homespun tales and heart-warming whimsy. For someone who is deeply embedded within the mainstream, having a title such as Outsider seems like the first joke of her show.
SECC, Glasgow, Friday 6–Sunday 8 May; Perth Concert Hall, Thursday 7 July; Caird Hall, Dundee, Friday 8 July; Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Saturday 9–Sunday 11 July; His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Thursday 18–Sunday 21 August.

John Cooper Clarke – The good doctor who gave live poetry a kick-start in the 70s marks the publication of his Anthologia, in the company of some special guests. Prepare for ‘Evidently Chickentown’ and ‘Beasley Street’ et al.
ABC, Glasgow, Friday 3 June; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Saturday 4 June.

Grumpy Old Women – The Grumps (Jenny Éclair, Susie Blake and Kate Robbins) give us Fifty Shades of Beige in the latest gestation of this award-winning moan-fest.
Perth Concert Hall, Friday 15 July; His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Saturday 16 July; Grumpy Old Women, Glasgow King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Sunday 17 July.

Ross Noble – Set all logic aside as the Oz-based Cramlington lad prepares a Brain Dump on us. No two shows are quite the same, as the old standard goes.
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Friday 30 September; His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Thursday 3 November.

Gary Tank Commander – Put your cheesy pasta on hold as the bravest of all the soldiers storms into Glasgow for a pure belter of a show. Greg McHugh’s creation is a naivety and cheek explosion.
SECC, Glasgow, Thursday 20–Saturday 22 October.