Comedy line-up launched at Spa

Mr Drayton
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A NEW season of stand-up comedy begins at the Spa Suncourt next week.

Every Wednesday from 6 July to 31 August, four comedians from all over the country will perform in the outdoor venue.

John Scott - “among the top five new comedians emerging from Scotland today”, according to the Observer – headlines the opening night.

John is billed as a highly versatile and lovable rogue.

Cheeky, commanding and oozing charm, he won a lucrative national comedy competition called Take the Mic at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year.

John has participated in five Edinburgh shows in the various guises of double act, comic actor and solo performer, and in 2003 won the Scottish section of the Spike Milligan award.

His shows have included the critically acclaimed Fish Supper sketch show which ran for three successive years, won rave reviews, went into development hell with BBC Scotland and eventually collapsed into a morass of hatred and copyright theft.

Other shows have included Mongrel Nation, written with Scots-Asian comedian Saj Chaudry. Taking an ironic look at race, stereotypes and modern Scottish, British and Asian identity, the show made List magazine’s top-10 pick of the fringe.

Next week’s support acts are Mr Drayton and Ben Davids. The compere will be Roland Gent.

Coming up are Rory Motion, Phil Pagett and Curtis Threadgold (13 July), Noel James, Marvin Cheeseman and Hayley Ellis (20 July)

Tom Craine, Piff the Magic Dragon and Nat Luurtsema (27 July)

John Newton, Al Rudge and Carl Hutchinson (3 Aug), Dave Williams, Bob Darwin and Gordon Smith (10 Aug) Anthony King, Mickey Sharma and Will Marsh (17 Aug)

Simon Clayton, El Purnell and Patrick Devine (24 Aug) and Silky, Roger Swift and Mr Kenyon (31 Aug).

The shows are due to start at 7pm.