This November get yourself along to the Sports Bar for some brilliant stand up comedy. Your eyes are not deceiving you, there is a deliberate typo in the artwork as we are returning to our spiritual home for “Stand Up (If You Love Billy) 8″…and as such have afforded a nod to KFC’s main man Billy Bowie for making that possible.
On compere duties is friend of the Trust Ray Bradshaw for his third tour of duty at the Sports Bar, Ray has been entertaining audiences up and down Britain this year so its great to have him back corralling this bunch…
Mark Nelson, who as well as being one of the most sought after acts on the Scottish circuit could also have been seen during the summer on BBC1 presenting Don’t Drop the Baton and heard on Radio Scotland in his show “Mark Nelson’s guide to Marriage”.
Chris Forbes who supported Kevin Bridges on tour in 2012 and has been a staple in the comedy tents at Rockness and T in the Park recently.
Jim Smith, who in September this year came third in the annual Scottish Comedian of the year competition, Jim is a Perthshire farmer and along with Colin McCreadie and Stuart Cosgrove constitutes St Johnstone’s entire fan base.
Lastly of course, and back yet again, is our home grown talent, John Speirs, who probably wont be entirely happy with the photo on the poster and gets a wee bit grouchy if you spell his name wrong.
Again, thanks in advance for continuing to support these nights. The ticket price remains a paltry £15 for a plethora of top acts and can be purchased by calling Peter on 0742 961 5232 or by following the links on our website, COG Blog, Facebook, Twitter etc. to the Eventbrite page for the event (or just click the picture below).
Last month saw our 7th Stand Up night go off without a hitch at The Rugby Club in Kilmarnock, and we handed over the cheque to the Laurie and Ellie fund. But more on that later.
A full house enjoyed some great acts off the Scottish comedy scene. Compere Graham Mackie kept things going all night and enriched everyones lives with his first encounter with an exfoliating glove. John Gavin set us off with a great set including his hatred of foxes, lucky for him it wasn’t squirrels. John Speirs then enlightened the crowd with his story about the time he never met Hollywood actor Vince Vaughn before Jojo Sutherland closed the second section with tales from her life on the east coast. Des Clarke then took the roof off Bellsdale with a brilliant headline set where he talked about absolutely everything, including the time he actually met Hollywood actor James MacAvoy.
A brilliant night which actually started on a high when Ellie, Laurie and their mum visited to pick up the cheque for £1412 from The Killie Trust. The evening in the Kilmarnocks Rugby Club raised £1000 for the appeal. The further £412 was raised at Rugby Park, when before the match versus Hearts members of the Trust board were out rattling buckets and got a great response from the fans in attendance. A huge thanks from the Trust to all those in attendance on the night as well as those who did their bit at the Hearts game. Also a huge thanks again to John Gall at Brownings for the half time fayre.
We are back! 25th April is the date for your diaries and we are in a new venue for this one, The Kilmarnock Rugby Club out on the Queens Drive. So its new surroundings but no change for the rest, the price remains the same and the standard too as we are bringing more top drawer comedy to Killie town.
For this one we have the brilliant Des Clarke (@des_clarke), who as well as being one of Scotlands top comics is also the host of Capital FM’s breakfast show, the supremely talented Jojo Sutherland ( @jojosutherland) who has pretty much played every British comedy club you could care to mention plus ones abroad too. Also we have 2009s Scottish Comedian of the Year, the awesome John Gavin (@johngavincomedy) and Graham Mackie ( @graham19590) who not only will be the funniest guy you have ever seen that looks like Santa but will inexplicably be able to name one of your old teachers from the school. Completing the line up and back to complete a hat trick of outings at our comedy nights is local act John Speirs ( @johnspeirsii), all in all a terrific evenings worth of entertainment in store.
Time to have a look back at the last (very succesful) Killie Trust Comedy at The Sports Bar at Rugby Park back at the end of February this year.
After five top nights, number six came up with the good with four belting sets from Teddy Ross, John Speirs, Gary Little and Scott Gibson all corralled superbly by returning compere Ray Bradshaw in front of the now iconic Newcastle United strip in the Player Sports Bar.
Teddy kicked us off with his well polished jokes and stories about his new wife and after the first break John Speirs regaled us with the story of how he scored the greatest goal in school football history in 1998 of all years. A story fifteen years in the making it would seem. He was followed by the irrepressible Gary Little and his side-splitting thoughts on the mindset of dog walkers and the what if of Osama Bin Laden being a Glaswegian. Scott Gibson sent the full house in attendance home happy with tales of what he sees in the parenting of his brother and the relative merits (failings) of his hometown Paisley.
The night was a big success and with a full house and a great raffle around £1600 was raised for COG. We hope everyone who attended had a great night and that everyone who couldn’t make it are suitably annoyed and desperate to make the next one, they really are brilliant nights of comedy on our own doorstep. Thanks to Brownings also for the Killie Pies at the break and for the volunteers who took the time to sell the raffle tickets. News on the next comedy night and how tickets will be available will be posted here so why not subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss any news. A button appears on the right hand side below blog tags which you can press and enter your email address.
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With Christmas and New Year outta the way, time to plan your next night out, why not make it with us?
Friday 22nd of February 2013 sees the return of Killie Trust comedy in the form of Stand Up (If You Love Killie) 6! Since its inception, our comedy night has gone from strength to strength and showcased some of the best acts on the Scottish circuit, next February will be no different as Ray Bradshaw returns to run the show as our compère having enjoyed it so much last time. Ray is currently embarking on a series of dares for his upcoming festival shows, one of which isn’t to be a Partick Thistle fan which he does simply because he wants to.
Also on the bill this time up will be Gary Little, a Glasgow comedian with a colourful past who has been in comedy ten years come 2013 so is in his testimonial season, Scott Gibson will also be with us, from Paisley he has gigged all over Britain since starting in 2010 and was even gigging all around Ontario Canada this year as well as alongside Kevin Bridges and Frankie Boyle at The Stand. Further to those two is Teddy Ross, who has written for TV and radio and also is editor of Scottish Comedian FC blog and podcast which has the views of Scottish comedians on fitba (funnily enough). Finally completing the line up is John Speirs, Kilmarnock fan and resident he has “papped out in the first round” of Scottish Comedian of the Year 2012 on his CV and he was at Stand Up 3 so this marks his return. All in all a fantastic line up for you all to get excited about, so what about those tickets?
Well, 2013 is a new year but the price is still the same, £15 to laugh your head off on a Friday night. As always all money raised goes toward The Killie Trust and you can get yours by calling 07429615232 or visiting the Trust Desk which is situated as always in
the Park Hotel on match days. You can also purchase tickets on Eventbrite and pay via Paypal – http://killietrust.eventbrite.com/
Plenty of ways to get involved.
Here also is some links to find out more about our acts.
Two weeks past on Friday night (24th August) saw The Killie Trust get the COG Fund rolling with the very successful Stand Up (If you love Killie) 5! comedy night at The Player Sports Bar at Rugby Park. Ayrshire comedian/tv star/radio personality/wrestling commentator Billy Kirkwood compered a great night and he and comedians Tommy Reid, Neil “The Wee Man” Bratchpiece, John McGoldrick and Jim Smallman had those in attendance rolling in laughter.
Englishman Jim Smallman, who headlined the event, in particular regaled the time when he actually last visited Rugby Park as a fan of his hometown team Leicester City for a recent friendly and noted that he heard the best ever put down of a player ever from the home fans about Leicester player Chris O’Grady who played with a shirt with no number, though the put down may be best left off this post.
The Wee Man had a audience member and Killie fan up beat boxing (very well we should add) as he rapped and then downed his percussion mans pint in a one-ah while at the opposite end of the spectrum Billy Kirkwood had three guys up to form a boyband which he named the “Fanny Pads”. All was taken in good fun though.
In amongst it all, the fire alarm went off in the Sports Bar and everyone was ushered out before being ushered back in to get on with the show.
In all the fantastic funny men performed in front of an audience of 130 and the night raised a whopping £1750 for the COG Fund so thanks to all of you for coming. The night was supported by Klin Group, Fogs Snack Bar, Browning the Bakers (Half Time Pies), Kilmarnock Taxis, Drew Kirkland (PA System) and big thanks goes to Billy Kirkwood, all the comedians on the bill and Peter Telfer for pulling it all together.
Hopefully the next comedy night wont be too far around the corner, is there anyone people would like to see?