Comics set to provide laughter by bucketful
IF YOU have tears of laughter, prepare to shed them now ... because a slew of top comedians are arriving in Aberdeen this week. Jason Manford, Sarah Millican, Des Bishop and Imran Yusuf will have them rolling in the aisles at The Music Hall and The Lemon Tree. For Jason, his gig at the Music Hall tomorrow night is one of three dates he will play in the Granite City this year. He returns to the Music Hall on May 28, then takes the leap to an arena stage by playing the AECC on November 14. Jason says he harks back to an older generation of comedians. He said: “I always liked storytellers like Jasper Carrott, Victoria Wood and Dave Allen. That’s who I see as my inspiration. “I’m not political, I’m just having a laugh and chuckle. “No one has ever left my gigs saying ‘he’s really made me think tonight’, but that’s not what I want them to do. “I don’t think people go out for a good think, they go out for a bit of a laugh.” Jason is part of a new wave of comedians now filling arenas, including John Bishop and Michael McIntyre. But he say’s there’s never any rivalry. “I’ve never been like that,” said Jason. “I always compare myself to myself and if I’m doing better than I was six months ago, I’m happy.” Meanwhile, fellow big-hitter Sarah Millican also has three dates in Aberdeen – two sell-outs at The Lemon Tree on April 6 and 13, before
FUNNY PAIR: Sarah Millican, left, and Des Bishop. returning to the Music Hall on December 5. Her fans are in for a triple treat, but Sarah said: “You can expect a scared Sarah Millican as I’m playing huge rooms now. “You are supposed to write about what you know and I don’t have a massive wealth of knowledge about cheese
James Bond. Des said: “I always wanted to tell my dad’s story. He was an actor and model before I was born and one of the highlights of his career was being asked to audition for James Bond for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” But as well as championing the heroics of fatherhood, Des’ show touches on sadness and pain – such as his father being diagnosed with cancer. “I had testicular cancer myself when I was 24. I joked a good deal about it in my show at the time, because I always liked at least the thought you could take the seriousness out of cancer for people. “We’ve talked about stuff that’s not easy to talk about in a way where we are all having a laugh about it.” Meanwhile, Imran Yusuf will play The Lemon Tree on Tuesday. Nominated as a best newcomer in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Imran was a big hit on TV’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
or politics, so it’s just me and my outlook on the world.” But that is enough to have won Sarah a huge raft of fans for appearances on shows like Eight Out Of 10 Cats and Mock The Week – plus a stint on Loose Women. Before either Jason or Sarah arrive, though, Des Bishop is setting out his comedy stall at The Lemon Tree tonight with his show My Dad Was Nearly