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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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Hardeep Singh Kohli Indian Takeaway Paisley Review & Photographs

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Hardeep Singh Kohli Indian Takeaway Paisley Review & Photographs

The following review is by Peter Greenwood for Paisley on the web..

“When it comes to curry, the British can’t get enough” smiles Hardeep, from behind his pots and pans. And from the smell wafting up through the crowd as he cooks it’s not difficult to know why.

Hardeep Singh Kohli is known for many things. Comedian. Author. TV host. But tonight, as he steps out onto the stage at the Paisley Arts Centre his primary role is “chef”.

His live show, Indian Take Away, has toured the length and breadth of the UK for the last two years and now he’s hitting his home away from home, Paisley. Barely a minute out on stage in a very fetching kilt and Lion Rampant shirt combo, and he’s already captured the audience with a slightly modest “I haven’t done anything yet!”

The show begins as Hardeep takes us back through his childhood, to the dishes his mother (who was late to her own son’s show) made when he was younger, in a time when money and tolerance were scarcely found among Glasgow’s west end. He tells a story about attempting to become a tree to avoid bullies and how it was a rare occurrence when he wasn’t chased for his differences. But for all there was back then Hardeep is so happy and proud of where we are now and he wasn’t afraid to tell us many instances, good and bad, from his past which brought us right back to the present as he starts cooking. Almost.

First of all, before anything can begin, he had a phone call to make. Placing the call to a local takeaway is a part of the show; Hardeep will call what he feels is the best Indian restaurant in town, order a delivery and while it’s arriving he’ll prepare his own take on a dish. Tonight we‘re treated to a Lamb Jalander from the Indian Scene Take Away.

As he cooks, he tells us some more stories about his family and what inspired the tour, with the true answer earning an “aww” and a smattering of applause from the audience as he tells us it was his mum. “With mum in the house, no matter what I do with divine intervention it’ll always be the second best curry in the house” he says. “I can’t wait for her to tell me what I’m doing wrong tonight!.

Dish prepared, delivery delivered, with the audience sharing around poppadoms, Hardeep invites three members of the audience up onto stage to try a blind taste test. His vs. the Take Away.

However there‘s doubt in Hardeep‘s eyes, he‘s tasted the local dish and he mouths to us quietly how good theirs is. But no, those gathered onstage take the test and Hardeep is declared the winner – by one point! A narrow victory, but still one he’s delighted with.

Indian Takeaway was a great night out, there was a great atmosphere as Hardeep chatted with members of the audience, offering advice to young Liam in the crowd and even taking the time to introduce his mum and dad to us all.
And the dish Hardeep made? Delicious.

Paisley Arts Centre Photographs

Photos from Saturday night in Paisley Arts Centre, all photographs taken by Tracey Clements for www.paisley.org.uk

To find out more about the tour and dates please visit www.hardeeplive.com

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Hardeep Singh Kohli Interview

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Hardeep Singh Kohli Interview

Peter Greenwood from www.paisley.org.uk Interviews Hardeep Singh Kohli before his upcoming show at Paisley Arts Centre (see below)

INDIAN TAKEAWAY WITH HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI

An Evening of Comedy, Cooking and Curry UK TOUR 2013

“Kohli’s cookery and anecdotes left a reassuringly warm aftertaste.” «««« The Times

Following the success of his other live shows, Nearly Naked Chef and Chat Masala, Hardeep Singh Kohli would like to invite you to his brand new show, Indian Takeaway.

The country is obsessed with curry. That much we know. But how do Hardeep’s home-cooked curries – the recipes inspired by his Mum and his Gran – compare to the local Indian Takeaways we love and adore? Let’s find out!

hardeeps indian takeawayAt the beginning of each show Hardeep will order a takeaway live on stage for delivery to the theatre, having selected a local Indian takeaway from audience suggestions submitted via HardeepLive.com. He will then order an audience member’s favourite meal. Whilst waiting for the order to arrive Hardeep cooks his own food.

Two curries with side orders of delicious cooking tips and lip-smacking Comedy. What’s not to like?

“The ever-affable Glaswegian makes an excellent host and is well worth a taste.” «««« Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Hardeep’s love of all things culinary has led to him touring the UK constantly for the last three years with his hit shows The Nearly Naked Chef and Chat Masala which have both been huge hits with audiences across the UK. He was also runner-up on the first series of Celebrity Masterchef which led to two series for UKTV Food, New British Kitchen and Chefs and the City.

His first book Indian Takeaway was nominated for an Independent Book Award and he has written about food for Olive, Observer Food Monthly, The Spectator, The Times, The Sunday Times and various other publications and is a columnist for Waitrose Food Illustrated.

Hardeep is a regular host on Channel 5’s hugely popular current affairs show, The Wright Stuff and has been a regular reporter on BBC1’s The One Show and a guest on BBC 1′s Question Time, and This Week with Andrew Neil. For Channel 4 he has written and presented the BAFTA Award winning In Search of the Tartan Turban, the critically acclaimed and award winning Hardeep Does… and the seminal gambling series 50 Says You’ll Watch This.

As a journalist, his column in Scotland on Sunday called “hardeep is your love” saw him twice nominated in 2007 and 2008 for Scottish Columnist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards. He is also Contributing Editor on the Spectator Magazine, has written for the Independent on Sunday, The Times, Observer Woman, Conde Nast Traveller to name but a few.

Having started his broadcasting career in radio he still holds the wireless very dear, presenting extensively across Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live and has made a plethora of documentaries for Radios 2, 3 and 4.

www.hardeeplive.com Hardeep’s Indian Takeaway will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Sat 15 June, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 (£13 conc) and can be booked by calling 0300 300 1210 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking. Hardeep’s show is suitable for ages 14+