Strathaven set to Stand Out with com­edy duo

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Mark Pirie

The duo be­hind Stand Out Com­edy are hop­ing to make Strathaven a reg­u­lar stop af­ter find­ing suc­cess with their new show in La­nark­shire.

The Stand Out Com­edy shows have en­joyed a suc­cess­ful first year and host reg­u­lar nights at The Union in East Kil­bride, and or­gan­is­ers David Hop­kins and Dar­ren Thom­son are hop­ing to make Strathaven Town Mill a key part of their com­edy run through­out 2017. The boys will be back at the Mill on the Novem­ber 25 and 26 to round off 2016 which has seen the shows go from strength to strength.

The shows fea­ture Scot­tish com­edy award win­ner Keir McAl­lis­ter and are to be hosted by Chris Forbes, known for his role on BBC’s hit com­edy drama Scot Squad.

The de­but show en­joyed a suc­cess­ful start as they sold out the Town Mill, with Gary De­laney, who is a reg­u­lar on hit TV com­edy show Mock the Week, head­lin­ing.

David Hop­kins told La­nark­shire Live they have been de­lighted by the re­sponse so far, and hopes to see it con­tinue with their lat­est run.

He said: “The first event in Strathaven back in Septem­ber was ex­tremely well re­ceived with the event sell­ing out al­most two weeks be­fore.

“Since that event we have had a great re­sponse from the at­ten­dees with many peo­ple buy­ing tick­ets for our Novem­ber show the day af­ter the last event.

“It was orig­i­nally just the Satur­day that we had planned but due to the de­mand we added the Fri­day night as well.”

Due to the warm re­sponse they have had so far in the town, Dar­ren and David hope that Strathaven will be­come a reg­u­lar des­ti­na­tion on the Stand Out cal­en­dar, fol­low­ing events across La­nark­shire.

“We are plan­ning on mak­ing this a semi-reg­u­lar event in Strathaven.

“Our first 2017 event is in March and will fea­ture a co­me­dian who has ap­peared on Live at the Apollo mul­ti­ple times.

“The venue is per­fect for com­edy and all the staff are ex­tremely help­ful in run­ning the event so we can’t wait to go back.”

Stand Out Com­edy will also be com­ing back to East Kil­bride from Jan­uary 2017 at the Arts Cen­tre, with monthly events or­gan­ised with the help of South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture.

Tick­ets are priced at £16.50 or two for £25 and are avail­able on­line at www.seet­ick­ets.com/go/Strathaven­com­edy.

Just for laughs Scot Squad comic Chris Forbes is on the bill

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