The show features me, Mark Nelson, Bruce Morton, Julia Sutherland plus a *SPECIAL GUEST* (All people you've seen on Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Rab C. Nesbitt, Still Game, The Now Show and The News Quiz.)...anyway...
Every comedian knows the Stand Comedy Clubs are three of the best comedy clubs in Britain. The staff understand comedy, the audiences understand comedy, the rooms are laid out with comedy in mind. If someone was setting up a new club the Stand would be the perfect blue print of how to do it. Are you happy now?
The good news is, there’s a lot of really talented comics in Scotland. The not so good news is, most of the Scottish gigs tend to be on a Friday or Saturday night, so the comics are under pressure to deliver their A-list material and they don’t get a chance to try out new ideas.
The Comedy Collective is the complete opposite. The idea was to provide a platform where the comics could be more free and experiment with new material, new characters or sketches. No-one is going to judge them. It’s a comics playground, and everyone knows if a comic is having fun on-stage the audience will have even better fun.
It gives everyone involved a deadline to work to. For every show they need to write 5 or 6 minutes of new material. Last month I wrote a new piece purely for the Comedy Collective, three days later I did it on TV. That was invaluable.
Our clubs attract a different sort of clientele during the festive period, and also during Glasgow Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe, do you find it a different experience playing 'off peak' in front of a 'real' crowd?
Barry Crier once gave me some invaluable advice about being a comedian. I asked him, “Is there a difference between playing a comedy club and playing a theatre?”, he gave it some thought and then said, “Who are you? And how did you get into my bathroom?” I think that proves what an absolute comedy legend he is.
"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" - Monday 31st March
The Stand Comedy Club, 333 Woodlands Road,
Glasgow G3 6NG
Box Office: 0844 335 8879