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The Left Needs to Rediscover Reason

First published in - Monday, August 20th, 2018

Scottish comedy fans who enjoy football will be familiar with BBC Radio Scotland’s Off the Ball. Its presenters, Scottish Sun journalist Tam Cowan and ex-NME editor Stuart Cosgrove, play the line between innuendo and filth, and have on occasion been accused of misogyny and homophobia. Despite this it’s the best comedy show on radio. A […]


Feeding the Five Thousand

First published in - Friday, August 4th, 2017

According to the comic and poet John Hegley, to make a living as a comedian, you need 5,000 fans prepared to buy your stuff. Five thousand enthusiasts going to gigs, reading books, dowloading podcasts and watching DVDs. Keep feeding these devotees new product and they’ll never leave you. They are all powerful and without them […]


Eight Alternative Scots

First published in - Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Season two of the show will be airing shortly. The names below constitute my pitch for season three. I’ve been trawling the Glasgow Comedy Festival website and come up with eight alternative Scots that deserve to get on the telly more often. Current queen of comedy Scots is Susan Calman, the cheeky wee satirist with […]