Student Guide 2016: Live comedy

Student Guide 2016: Stand-up Room Only

Isy Suttie plays The Stand, Edinburgh on Sun 23 Oct / credit: Idil Sukan

Where to head when you want a laugh in Glasgow and Edinburgh

You look like you could use a laugh. Luckily, there are plenty of funny goings on in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Our comedy editor breaks it down.

In any discussion about the Scottish comedy scene, there's really no way around mentioning the behemoth that is The Stand Comedy Club. Boasting purpose-built venues in Glasgow (Woodlands Road) and Edinburgh (York Place), this world-renowned space is where the finest UK and international touring comedians come to perform. The club's original co-founder Tommy Sheppard has other things on his plate now as a high-flying SNP MP, but he's clearly left the day-to-day running in safe hands, with the likes of Nish Kumar, Isy Suttie, Jason Byrne and James Acaster all being attracted to the venue this autumn.

The Stand is also a proud pioneer of rising talent with their Red Raw evenings hopefully opening the door for the next Kevin Bridges or Daniel Sloss. Among other popular regular nights there, the Broken Windows Policy sketch team, Topical Storm satirists, and improv kings Stu & Garry provide glee in Edinburgh, while Michael Redmond's Sunday Service, the Glasgow Kids Comedy Club and Comedian Rap Battle light up Glasgow. Meanwhile, both cities get all intellectual on us with their Bright Club sessions, platforming funny academics – of all things.

In recent times, the Gilded Balloon has moved out of the August Edinburgh Fringe bubble to lay on some top-quality monthly nights at Drygate Brewery (Drygate) in Glasgow and Festival Theatre Studio (Potterrow) in Edinburgh. They're back again and before the year is out, the likes of Tom Wrigglesworth, Felicity Ward and George Egg will have trodden the GB boards. While you can blow a wad of cash on a household name at the Pavilion, King's or SECC in Glasgow and Festival Theatre, Queen's Hall or Playhouse in Edinburgh, it's sometimes a better bet to take in a series of cheap or free gigs.

Glasgow has an array of pubs and clubs which regularly put on comedy, such as Yesbar (Drury Street) with its weekly Yesbar Virgins night for newcomers. The Duke Bar (Duke Street) has its Laldy New Material Night while The Griffin (Bath Street) hosts evenings of long-form improv comedy through its Glasgow Harold Night. There's more improv at The Old Hairdressers (Renfield Lane) with Imaginary Friends Improv Comedy and Absolute Improv at the Siempre Bicycle Café (Dumbarton Road). But if you prefer your laughs to be accompanied by a side order of magic and burlesque then Enterteasement at The Hold (Waterloo Street) could be viewed as a treat for getting that essay handed in on time.

In Edinburgh, 48 Below (Broughton Street) offers a new-material night, Monkey Barrel Comedy at the Beehive Inn (Grassmarket) showcases local and visiting stand-ups, the Edinburgh Comedy Cellar at the Cellar Monkey (Argyle Place) puts the emphasis on up-and-coming talent while The Blunt Club at Burlington Bertie (Tarvit Street) puts control in the audience's hands as they make suggestions for the bill based on the previous month's comic offerings. Down in Leith, the Granary Comedy Club (The Shore) keeps punters happy once a month, while for adlib lovers there's The Harold Improv Comedy show at The Tron (Hunter Square) and A-Z Improv Comedy at The Kilderkin (Canongate).

James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

New show from the comedian who named it after a time he tried cold lasagne and enjoyed it.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Thu 3 Oct

£18.50 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

Sat 6 Jul

Times to be confirmed / £19.50 / 01803 328385

Birmingham Town Hall

Sun 23 Jun

£18.50 / 0121 345 0600

  • 19:30

Mon 24 Jun

£18.50 / 0121 345 0600

  • 19:30

Fri 4 Oct

£18.50 / 0121 345 0600

  • 19:30

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Jason Byrne Wrecked But Ready

Phil McIntyre Entertainments by arrangement with Lisa Thomas Management Fringe legend and 'outright king of live comedy' (Times), Jason Byrne, is opening the doors again for more comedy chaos. Everyone is welcome (unless you're under 14). Strap in as Jason takes you on a trip of mad routines alongside some proper…

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Sat 28 Sep

£19.50 / 01383 740384

ARC: Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

Wed 18 Sep

£19.50 / 01642 525199

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Mon 5 Aug

Main Hall

£19.50 / 0130 623 3030

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 6 Aug

Main Hall

£19.50 / 0130 623 3030

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 7 Aug

Main Hall

£18.50 / 0130 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 25 Aug

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Isy Suttie: The Actual One

The Actual One is a show about that late-20s realisation that everyone's growing up without you and what you should do about it from the award-winning actress and comedian.

George Egg: Anarchist Cook

Possibly the actual definition of anarchic: George Egg creates full-blown meals from only stuff available in hotel rooms.

Felicity Ward: 50% More Likely to Die

  • 5 stars

Stand up from the Australian comedian who has appeared on The John Bishop Show and Russell Howard's Good News.

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