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Punchline’s Comedy Recommendations March 2015

3 Mar
Photograph of Funz and Gamez

Funz and Gamez

There are some really exciting acts this month! Here are our favourites:

Photograph of Susan Calman

Susan Calman

Susan Calman is on tour, kicking off at the Traverse in Edinburgh tomorrow, followed by various dates in Scotland throughout March. More info here

Photograph of Stewart Lee
Stewart Lee

Stewart Lee is touring Scotland from 15 March, in Edinburgh, Dundee (sold out), Inverness, Perth and Glasgow. More info here

Iain Stirling is coming to the Stand in Edinburgh on 24 March and Glasgow in 25 March. More info here

Josie Long is also on tour, heading to Scotland on 13 March for tour dates in Mull, Skye, Edinburgh and Glasgow. More info here

And of course The Glasgow International Comedy Festival is 12 – 29 March in various venues across Glasgow. We recommend the family friendly Funz and Gamez (Foster’s Panel Prize 2014) on 21 March, Anna Devitt on 21 March, Robin Grainger on 19 March, and the wonderful Bridget Christie on 24 March. More info here

Photograph of Iain Stirling

Iain Stirling

Josie Long

Josie Long

Photograph of Anna Devitt

Anna Devitt

Photograph of Robin Grainger

Robin Grainger

Photograph of Bridget Christie

Bridget Christie

Punchline’s Top 10 Comedy Shows

4 Aug

felicity ward

It’s difficult to narrow down our top picks for this year’s Fringe, but here is Punchline’s Starter for 10 (in no particular order):

Nick Helm is the only person in the comedy world who can get away calling himself a “One Man Mega Myth”. Those who came to October’s Punchline won’t need convincing. You will be part of the show but you probably won’t mind.

Boy with Tape on His Face is a delightful hour that’s original, funny and touching. It’s also a good one if you have any visitors who don’t speak English as a first language.

Felicity Ward One of Punchline’s Top 3 last year, Australian comic Felicity Ward is laugh out loud funny. She covers various subjects and you kind of feel like you’re chatting to her in the pub, then find yourself crying with laughter.

Joe Lycett is delightful and very funny, with a sting in his tail. He’s going to be a comedy superstar so get in now.

Josh Widdicombe is fast becoming a household name, as seen on Last Leg and Mock The Week.

Andrew Lawrence is one of the best comedians full stop. Go and see him.

Local lad Iain Stirling is a Bafta-nominated presenter and Chortle-nominated comedian, returning home to bring you a new hour of standup.

Ivan Brackenbury is the hapless hospital radio DJ who plays pumpin’ but inappropriate songs. Be advised to pay in advance as he has queues around the block already.

Susan Calman is here until 12 August, doing a work-in-progress show. Clever comedy and personal stories from an inspiring performer.

Seann Walsh is another Punchline favourite – will this be his big year?

Other recommendations: David Trent, Aisling Bea, Carl Donnelly, Pat Cahill, James Acaster, Claudia O’Doherty & Romesh Ranganathan

We’re hearing good things about John Kearns – let us know what you think!

Matt Richardson is not doing a Fringe show but he is appearing on a couple of late night shows and he’s well worth a look if you can find him.

Comedy Reserve has four bright young things including Punchline’s own John Hastings, and Comedy Zone has the excellent Lucy Beaumont and Carl Hutchinson (who also has his own solo show).

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