Arran Comedy Fest 2012

Welcome to the first Comedy Fest organised by Arran Events in association with Philip Differ in Whiting Bay Hall on Saturday 22nd September.

The evening will feature very funny contributions from four fantastic comedians who have an amazing track record for entertaining crowds.

Philip Differ

The man who came up with the great idea of staging tonight's event, Philip started out in 1980 as a writer for Naked Radio and was soon asked to contribute to such shows as A Kick Up the Eighties, Spitting Image, Three of a Kind and Not the Nine O’Clock News whilst writing stand up material for Robbie Coltraine and Craig Ferguson.
Joined BBC Scotland in 1983 where - amongst other things – script edited Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee, wrote extensively for Naked Video, produced Scotch and Wry, Bing Hitler Live, 2000 Not Out, The Ferguson Theory and Pulp Video, the show that brought together Greg Hemphill and Ford Kiernan and helped sow the seeds for Chewin’ The Fat. Is mostly associated with the creation of the longest running football comedy show in the country Only an Excuse? (now in it’s 25th year)
After leaving the BBC, joined The Comedy Unit, Scotland’s leading independent production company – Chewin the Fat, Still Game, Rab C Nesbitt, Watson’s Wind Up – before making the move from behind the scenes into the full glare of stand up comedy.

Michael Redmond

There are not many people who have been struck by lightning and lived to tell the tale. While this may not have actually happened to Michael Redmond himself, it is a fate which befell his character Father Stone - one of the more memorable creations of C4's classic comedy Father Ted.
Michael has appeared on a number of other high profile TV shows, including Comedy Nation (BBC2), Friday Night Live (LWT), The Stand Up Show (BBC1), Clive Anderson Talks Back (BBC1), Just for Laughs and of course Father Ted (both C4). But it is his startling effect on a live audience that makes him such a hot property. He's firmly established as resident host of the Sunday night show at The Stand (Michael Redmond's Sunday Service) in Glasgow and he embarked on a full Scottish tour of his Long Riders show following its debut at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival and a great performance in front of a sell-out crowd at the 2,500 seat Edinburgh Festival Theatre. Michael is a regular at the Stand's Best of Irish Comedy showcase and continues to be in big demand nationwide.

Scott Gibson

Scott Gibson is now a regular on the Scottish Comedy Circuit, having notched up well over 100 gigs in his first year on the scene.
Described by the Scottish Comedy Forum as “The most promising and exciting new act in years” he is certainly off to a flying start.
A night in the presence of anecdotal master Gibson has the same intimacy as a good night in the pub with your pals.
Gibson grabs the audience like a hug as he immerses them in a warm blether. He creates an audience with comedian dynamic instead of a comedian against audience struggle. Where interaction is concerned Gibson is flawless.
Highlight Comedy Club New Act of the Year 2011 – Winner
Scottish Comedian of the Year 2011 – Finalist
Loaded Laftas Search for a star (new act) 2011 – Finalist

Susie McCabe

Glasgow's Freshest Female Comedian, Susie was born on a snowy Monday in the (very) early 80's, She has spent many years smoking fags, playing xbox and having enthusiastic banter with people from all walks of life.

Raised on combination of Glasgow Football and being terrified by Crimewatch UK, Susie amalgamates a variety of stories to bring the freshest new live comedy show to tonight's event.

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