Comics set to pro­vide laugh­ter by buck­et­ful

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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

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