Five things to see at . . . That's Fife! Comedy Festival
- Brian Donaldson
- 30 March 2017
From energetic Essex lads to gallus Glaswegians, the kingdom of Fife puts on a comedy extravaganza in April
Comedy festivals in Scotland aren't just about the Glasgow and Edinburgh varieties as this month-long affair in Fife can certainly hold its own. Here are five highlights from a top-notch programme
The one-man Essex-based ball of frenetic fun is back with his Right Man, Wrong Age touring show. The daft hair and skintight legwear have been replaced by looser fitting threads and a combed barnet as Kane ponders the ageing process.
Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Thu 6 Apr.
Champions of Magic
There's a feast of good old-fashioned illusionism here as the quintet rather grandly calling themselves the Champions of Magic unfurl their various talents in front of a gasping Glenrothes crowd. Spectacular feats of mindreading, vanishing tricks and close-up magic will have you guessing for weeks.
Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Thu 13 Apr.
Iain Connell and Robert Florence leave their Burnistoun past behind and take to the pub for some less than avuncular musings about betrothing gangsters, dead footballers, sex meds, garden trampolines and Henry VIII's ill-fated blacksmith.
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, Fri 14 Apr.
The inaugural winner of the Scottish Comedian of the Year prize puts on his Smiley Face, an ironically monikered show given that much of the material zeroes in on depression. But with Nelson, you can rest assured that there's a well-judged gag or ten on the way, as he veers into fatherhood, kids TV and emoticons.
Byre Theatre Studio, St Andrews, Sat 15 Apr.
While he'll be gaining access to a big crowd by supporting Alan Davies at Dunfermline's Carnegie Hall, the Glaswegian who was crowned Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe last August has things all his own way a week later. His gong-grabbing Life After Death will have bellies laughing and legs crossing at some eye-watering medical mishaps.
Byre Theatre Studio, St Andrews, Fri 21 Apr.
That's Fife! Comedy Festival runs from Sat 1–Fri 28 Apr.