Steel your­self for top fun­ny­men

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE - By Scott Beg­bie

Co­me­dian Stephen K Amos is set to get the Mu­sic Hall au­di­ence laugh­ing.

COM­EDY fans are in for a dou­ble treat tonight as two of the coun­try’s top fun­ny­men roll into the Gran­ite City. Stephen K Amos will have them rolling in the aisles at the Mu­sic Hall, while Mark Steel will be do­ing the same over at The Lemon Tree. Stephen is in town with his Best Medicine show that is on an ex­ten­sive tour of the UK. Best known for his own BBC2 show and ap­pear­ances on pro­grammes like the One Show, Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week, he has built up a huge fan­base. The aim of his cur­rent standup tour is to prove that we should for­get the gloom and doom and look on the brighter side of things. “Laugh­ter is the best medicine ... that’s my phi­los­o­phy on life,” he said in a re­cent in­ter­view. “Lots of things hap­pen to all of us. Hor­ri­ble things, tragedies, dire straits. “The thing is, when you’re in that mo­ment, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing those atroc­i­ties, it’s aw­ful – but when you look back you laugh.” And while Stephen has done his share of ta­boo-bust­ing hu­mour in the past, he is care­ful not to cross lines. “If you’re just be­ing crude, that’s not funny. There’s got to be a point to what you’re say­ing, got to be able to make peo­ple laugh, got to be able to jus­tify it,” he said. Mean­while, Mark, a reg­u­lar on shows like Have I Got News For You, will be of­fer­ing the Lemon Tree au­di­ence a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into, well, Aberdeen.


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