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A Buddy Good Laugh Paisley Review

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A Buddy Good Laugh Paisley Review.

Interview by Peter Greenwood of Paisley.org.uk

Paisley’s annual comedy festival, aptly named A Buddy Good Laugh, returned to the Paisley Arts Centre in February. I must admit, going in I wasn’t sure what I’d be able to write about. As I said last time, comedy is such a subjective thing that it’s difficult to get a handle on to review.

Another aspect to writing a comedy review, is that you have to be careful what you actually write. Some comedians take weeks and months to perfect their set, then some bozo like me comes along and writes “then big Stevie said this about the microwave” and it ruins their act.

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So going into this, I’ve chosen to write from a few angles; firstly, touch on the elements that the comedians spoke of, and secondly, I went with my friend Emma to this event, and I picked up on what I think she did and didn’t enjoy, so I’m going to try to look at this through Emma’s eyes as well.

We arrived at the Arts Centre and took our seats. The stage was decorated with banners for the Dead Sheep Comedy, something which immediately grabbed Emma’s attention. “Why do the sheep need to be dead” she protested. “Because living sheep aren’t as funny?” I suggested.

The audience filtered in slowly, and the show started with host Scott Gibson coming out to welcome us, and inform us how he felt about a performance going on at the Paisley Town Hall that night.
As he likes to do, Scott turned to the crowd and started chatting with a member of the audience, who informed us he’s a cow farmer. During the course of the evening we’d find out that you can get £1,000 for a cow, farmers tend not to have favourite cows and that Scott can do a pretty decent impression of a cow giving the “come hither” look.

The first act onstage was Kier McAllister, which started a slight East Coast takeover in the room. A regular at the Strand comedy club in Edinburgh, as well as a pod caster, Kier started talking about Scotland, and his observation that we don’t really do anything proper for tourists in this country. He then shifted over to a story about an unfortunate accidental stalking incident in Edinburgh, which I think every man in the room could relate to at some point in their lives. As an opener, he was great fun and as he left the stage, Scott came on to tell us it was the first break, but that we had a special surprise guest coming on directly after.

I only got the surprises first name, Gareth, but he was pretty great. He looked like he was about fifteen though, something he immediately addressed and admitted to by sharing a story about how a group of teenagers outside asked him to buy them alcohol, and how well that ended up for him. Gareth was only on for a short amount of time, before giving way to Owen McGuire.

Owen came out, and divided the crowd, but by the end of his set he won people back with stories about how he was a teacher, and the highs and lows of vegetarianism before we were released to our second break.
Then headliners Stu and Garry came on, and I’ve got a slight confession to make. I’d already seen these guys perform live at the first Spree festival, as part of Scotland’s only improv group they come through from Edinburgh and play Glasgow sometimes too, and I knew they were hysterical. And right I was. Emma was beside me, tears streaming down her face with joy, as Stu and Garry re-enacted a scene set on a train in different styles, such as Star Wars characters, from the suggestions of a delighted audience.

A Buddy Good Laugh gets better every time I go, this is something every Buddy should get behind and support as much as possible.

Interview with Stu and Garry by Peter Greenwood and S.J Gribben

 

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Sony Award winning presenter and comedian kicks off a New Year of laughter

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Sony Award winning presenter and comedian kicks off a New Year of laughter.

Des McLean, the award-winning presenter, actor and stand-up legend from Glasgow will headline our first comedy night of 2014.

A Buddy Good Laugh, Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ newest comedy strand, is where laughter fans should flock to catch the hysterical Des on stage on Thursday 30 January at Paisley Arts Centre.

By far the runaway success of Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ autumn 2013 programme, A Buddy Good Laugh has been created in partnership with local promoters Dead Sheep Comedy with one goal in mind: to bring top-notch comedy to Renfrewshire.

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With each night MC’d by Dead Sheep Comedy creator and local comic Scott Gibson, A Buddy Good Laugh enjoyed a hugely successful debut last year and everyone involved is looking forward to another five gigs between January and June in 2014.

Joining Des McLean on January 30 will be ex Scottish Comedian of the Year Scott Agnew as well as Only An Excuse creator Phil Differ.

A Buddy Good Laugh will be back for 2014 on Thursday 30 January. Doors open at 8.15pm and the show will start at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

Line-ups for A Buddy Good Laugh gigs Feb – June are available online now, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events for more details.

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Des Clark, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolf III and Bruce Morton complete hilarious Halloween line-up

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Des Clark, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolf III and Bruce Morton complete hilarious Halloween line-up.

A Buddy Good Laugh, Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ brand new comedy strand is back this Halloween week with another superb line-up of Scottish comedians primed and ready for devilishly good laughs.

MC’d by Dead Sheep Comedy creator and comic Scott Gibson (regular performer at The Stand Comedy Club) this Thursday’s gig is the perfect remedy for Halloween fatigue.

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First on the bill is acclaimed comic, storyteller and social commentator Bruce Morton. A founder of the Funny Farm Collective in 1989, Bruce is credited for kick-starting the burgeoning Scottish comedy scene and has not stopped since. Nominated for a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for his show Sin, Bruce is has since written and starred in comedies for TV, radio and theatre.

Winner of the 2003 Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act, The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolf III is a regular feature on BBC 2’s Live Floor Show. With his heavy metal music, black leather and sunglasses, he is definitely not what you would describe as a run-of-the-mill evangelist. Having managed to offend virtually every religious group and been barred from most places of worship, The Reverend has continued to spread the word of the Lord in comedy clubs up and down the UK. Comedy fans take note: The Reverend is not for the faint hearted or the easily offended!

TV presenter, broadcaster and Scottish stand-up legend Des Clarke completes the line-up for this Thursday’s show. Once an exciting rising star on the Scottish comedy scene, Des’ high energy humour has taken him to the Edinburgh Festival every year since 2001, the Glasgow Comedy Festival and further afield to New York, Dubai and Adelaide, earning him legions of new fans along the way. Away from stand-up, Des can be heard weekdays hosting the Capitol FM Breakfast show.

A Buddy Good Laugh will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Thursday 31st October. Doors open 8.15pm and the show starts 8.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc) and can be booked in person at the Box Office in Paisley Arts Centre, by phone on 0300 300 1210 or online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

Photograph above taken for www.paisley.org.uk by Alex Kyle Photography.