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CONFESSIONS OF A CLUB COMIC The Stand, Sun 3 Nov, thestand. Shappi recounts her journey through the 90s comedy club scene with plenty of sharp-tongued gags. Also Gilded Balloon Basement at Rose Theatre, Edinburgh, Mon 4 Nov, programme-category/basement

ARDAL O’HANLON: THE SHOWING OFF MUST GO ON Tramway, Wed 13 Nov, The star of Death in Paradise, Father Ted and My Hero takes on the culture wars in his stand-up. See feature, page 54. Also touring, see for details.

JONATHAN PIE: FAKE NEWS Pavilion Theatre, Sat 16 Nov, More scathing take-downs of politicos and journalists. Also Music Hall, Aberdeen, Sun 17 Nov, music-hall

SUZI RUFFELL: DANCE LIKE EVERYONE’S WATCHING Glee Club, Sun 17 Nov, glasgow/comedy The comedian discusses her currently happy state of being, and whether comedy can only arise out of misery.

ROB BECKETT: WALLOP King’s Theatre, Tue 19 Nov, Observational and high-energy new material from the award-winning stand- up. See preview, page 88.

FERN BRADY: POWER AND CHAOS The Stand, Sun 24 Nov, thestand. Incisive comedy from one of Scotland’s genuine rising stars.

RICHARD HERRING’S LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE PODCAST Theatre Royal, Sun 24 Nov, royal-glasgow Richard Herring takes his podcast on tour with a host of different comedians and public figures each time.

GEORGE EGG: MOVABLE FEAST Òran Mór, Thu 28 Nov, oran-mor. A mix of stand-up comedy, innovation and multi-tasking as Egg demonstrates more live cooking. Also touring, see for details.

JIM JEFFERIES: NIGHT TALKER SSE Hydro, Thu 12 Dec, The acerbic Australian comic returns to the UK with his newest set. JOSH WIDDICOMBE: BIT MUCH . . . King’s Theatre, Sat 25 Jan, theatre The comedian and TV presenter returns with more professional whining.


LENNY HENRY: WHO AM I AGAIN? Queen’s Hall, Fri 1 Nov, Comedian Lenny Henry recounts his experiences of growing up in the Black Country and his experiences of racism.

JAMES ACASTER: COLD LASAGNE HATE MYSELF 1999 King’s Theatre, Sun 3 Nov, kings-theatre Latest show from the comedian who talks about two particular years of his life: one great one and one truly awful one.

DARREN HARRIOTT: GOOD HEART YUTE The Stand, Sat 9 Nov, thestand. Having recently turned 30, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Darren Harriott questions why he’s never been in love. Also

The Stand, Glasgow, Sun 17 Nov, FRANK SKINNER: SHOWBIZ Festival Theatre, Tue 12 Nov, festival-theatre The Room 101 host embarks on his first stand-up tour in four years. Also touring, see list. for details.

JOHN KEARNS: DOUBLE TAKE AND FADE AWAY Monkey Barrel, Tue 12 Nov, The only ever winner of both the Main Award and Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe presents his latest delightful show.

JACK WHITEHALL: STOOD UP Edinburgh Playhouse, Mon 18 Nov, playhouse The posh yet lovable comedian returns to UK arenas. Also SSE Hydro, Tue 19 & Wed 20 Nov,

ROBIN INCE: CHAOS OF DELIGHT The Stand, Sun 24 Nov, thestand. The comedian and writer presents an artist’s manifesto of delight and curiosity. Also The Stand, Glasgow, Mon 25 Nov, thestand.

HARRIET DYER: THE DINOSAUR SHOW Gilded Balloon Basement at Rose Theatre, Wed 27 Nov, gildedballoon. basement Dino-based shenanigans from the quirky comedian. See preview, page 89.

MUM’S THE WORD Gilded Balloon Basement at Rose Theatre, Fri 6 Dec, gildedballoon. basement Comedy gig designed for parents with babies hosted by comedian and mum, Katie Mulgrew. Feel free and relaxed to feed, change and nurse your baby as the acts perform their usual adult material.

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MAISIE ADAM: HANG FIRE Gilded Balloon Basement at Rose Theatre, Tue 21 Jan, gildedballoon. basement Adam’s second full-length show considers the pile-on effect that social media seems to encourage. See My Comedy Hero, page 89. Also The Stand, Glasgow, Wed 22 Jan, OUT OF TOWN

DANIEL SLOSS: X Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline, Sat 14 Dec, alhambradunfermline. com The Scottish comedian, actor and writer (and double Netflix-special star) presents his latest show.

TOMMY TIERNAN: PADDY CRAZY HORSE Gilded Balloon Basement at Rose Theatre, Edinburgh, Sat 2 Nov, gildedballoon. Much-loved Irish comedian does his supreme thing on tour. Also Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Sun 3 Nov, theatre-royal-glasgow

AHIR SHAH: DOTS The Stand, Edinburgh, Sun 17 Nov, thestand. The two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee explores love, politics, depression and faith with his usual philosophical bent in his fantastic new show. Also The Stand, Glasgow, Mon 18 Nov,

TIM MINCHIN: BACK Edinburgh Playhouse, Tue 19 & Wed 20, Sat 23 Nov, venues/edinburgh- playhouse Australia’s piano man returns to make us all fall back in love with him and his wonky, pretty/ dirty perspective on the world. See preview, page 87. Also SEC, Glasgow, Fri 22 Nov,


DOUGLAS Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Thu 21 Nov, atgtickets. com/venues/theatre- royal-glasgow The brave and groundbreaking Tasmanian comedian, basking in her overnight success that was ten years in the making, is back with a new show, named after one of her dogs.

RANGANATHAN: THE CYNIC’S MIXTAPE Edinburgh Playhouse, Thu 21 & Fri 22 Nov, edinburgh-playhouse Brutally honest comedy from the the star of Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, A League of Their Own and Judge Romesh.


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