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Over The Lyne Comedy Club is all about bringing Stand Up comedy to local communities. Laughter brings communities together and is the best medicine!

 

 

BBC New Comedy Award Winner

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BBC New Comedy Award Winner
Stephen Buchanan

BBC New Comedy Award Winner

Over The Lyne (OTL) can still remember meeting Stephen Buchanan for the first time at a gig in Edinburgh about 4 or 5 years ago. A friend of OTL introduced him and said “this guy is going places!” OTL presumed he meant going places in comedy, rather than just the mega bus back to Glasgow.  That prediction came true this year when Stephen won the 2018 BBC New Comedy Award.

The “Fun Size” Pride of Scottish Comedy

The Scottish comedy community was united (not a phrase that can NOT often be said) in it’s delight at Stephen’s success. Stephen (who often references his shorter stature “fun size”) is universally liked and respected on the Scottish circuit. He is a real example of a comic who works hard, grafts and crafts his material.

Not just a Stand Up

As well as being a great stand up and all round great guy, Stephen is also a prolific sketch writer and performer. You may have seen some of his sketches on social media. If not then check them out here on BBC Short Stuff

Check out a clip of Stephen Buchanan

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West Linton Golf Club 26th October 2018

When can you see comedy award winner Stephen? Well funny you should ask, as he will be performing with another Stephen (Carlin) at West Linton Golf Club for Over The Lyne Comedy on the 26th October 2018. Tickets are £17.50 and include supper. They can be booked by emailing overthelyne@gmail.com or calling West Linton Golf Club on 01968 660970

Over The Lyne Comedy
Stephen Carlin

 

 

What to see at Edinburgh Fringe when you are on a budget?

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EdinBRA Fringe Comedy

Edinburgh Festival City

The Edinburgh Fringe festival starts on Thursday 2nd August and runs every day till the 26th of August. It is the biggest arts festival in the world and runs alongside the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Fringe Comedy

There are 1339 comedy shows listed on the Edinburgh Fringe Website. So where to start? Maybe you’ve done extensive research and have a list of your favourite comedians you want to see and you’ve already bought your tickets. If so, then well done you! You can smugly sit back and watch everyone else cluelessly wandering around with no idea who is worth seeing.

Clueless and on a budget

If you are arriving at Edinburgh Fringe clueless and on a tight budget then here’s a few tips! Look for free entry shows like The Free Festival

These are “bucket shows” in which the performer asks for a contribution at the end. If you  have enjoyed the show then you something into the bucket. Ticketed shows can be £10 to £30 depending on the comedian.  There are many brilliant comedians performing in the Free Fringe so if enjoyed it and can afford to then stick a £5 in the bucket. However if you really can’t afford it then tell the performer how much you enjoyed the show.

If you are short of time and don’t know which performer to see then Compilation shows like Over The Lyne’s “EdinBRA Fringe Comedy” are ideal.

EdinBRA is a resolving line up of female comedians. So a great chance to see 4 different comedians in one hour. There are many other great compilation shows in the Free Festival for example  Shaggers, 4 comedians doing sex and relationship material or Pick of the Fringe . 

For the kids Huggers, comedians doing bits from their children’s shows (sometimes featuring Over The Lyne’s own Dr Jones Funny Bones).

Money saving tips

Eating out is expensive so why not grab a sandwich and sit outside enjoying the buskers and views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Save on buses and taxis and get your walking shoes on. The city centre of Edinburgh is relatively small and it is easy to get about on foot (if a little hilly in places!).

Above all enjoy yourself there is no where in the world as exciting as Edinburgh in August (in Over The Lyne’s humble opinion).

WHIPMAN comedy features Lee Ridley (The Lost Voice Guy) BGT FINALIST

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Lee Ridley Finalist!

Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) Finalist, Lee Ridley, The Lost Voice guy will be performing at this year’s WHIPMAN comedy which is held in the marquee, Lower Green, West Linton!

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Britain’s Got Talent (BGT)

Lee, secured his place in Sunday’s Britain’s Got Talent Final and is the favourite to WIN!

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Tickets to see Lee Ridley at WHIPMAN comedy can be obtained in advance from West Linton Pharmacy or Eventbrite .

There may be limited tickets available on the door however buying tickets in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

It’s time for Whipman Comedy

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Whipman 2018

It’s now less than a month till West Linton’s annual local common riding festival, The Whipman. Over The Lyne’s  Comedy Night has quickly become established as one of the highlights of the week. This year promises to be just as exciting.

Gavin Webster

Gavin Webster
Gavin Webster

In the Whipman marquee on the Thursday night (7th June), we have Newcastle’s finest, Gavin Webster. We are also delighted to announce, former BBC Newcomer of the year, Lee Ridley (The Lost voice guy, you also may have seen him on a Britain’s got talent!). Over The Lyne favourite, Bruce Fummey will also be joining the team, previewing some of his new Fringe show material. The night will be hosted by your resident compere Jeannie Jones.

Lee Ridley (The Lost Voice Guy)

See Lee on BGT

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Family Comedy at 4pm

Family Comedy 2016

Family comedy is back in the Marquee at 4pm. So pick up the kids and get along to the Marquee. Tuck shop will be available.

This year we have the amazing Improv comedian Will Naameh, Helen Jenkins and Ross McLellan with a few more surprises.

Tickets

Get your tickets from West Linton Pharmacy, on the door or via Eventbrite tickets on line now.

Support your local festival and support live entertainment, hope to see you there!

Whipman & Lass

Over the Lyne Comedy would to wish Adrian and Fiona Jackson (Whipman and Lass) the very best of luck representing the community over the next year and also a big thank you to outgoing Whipman and Lass, Rob and Becs.

5 Shows to see at the Glasgow Comedy Festival

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Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2018 is well underway. OTL has 2 shows down and 3 to go! But as well as OTL performing and promoting shows, OTL is looking forward to watching some great comedy.  There will be lots of comedian’s that you will know from their TV credits but Over The Lyne Comedy has picked it’s top 5 recommendations from acts you may not yet have heard of

 

 

Here are Over The Lyne Comedy’s recommendations get them quickly before they sell out!

 

Scott Gibson “Anywhere But Here”

This is award-winning comedian Scott Gibson’s third solo show and OTL can’t wait to see it.
It’s is a story about friendship, love, pool parties, travel insurance, pushing your limits, plunging headfirst into the deep and the Greek third-choice goalie.  Scott will make you laugh so hard the ticket price should come with a packet of tissues to mop up tears of laughter. Wear smudge proof mascara to this one!

Jeannie with Scott Gibson at Over The Lyne Comedy

https://glasgowcomedyfestival.seetickets.com/event/scott-gibson-anywhere-but-here/st-luke-s/1197764

 

Fern Brady “Suffer, Fools!”

OTL didn’t get the chance to see this show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe so really looking forward to catching it this time round. Fern is one of those acerbic, intelligent wits that OTL dreams of emulating. Fern’s confessional story telling style is filled with brutal honesty about her very colourful life. In OTL’s view this is what solo shows should be about . If autobiographical, truthful, gory detail comedy is your thing (and it certainly is OTL’s) then this is the show for you.

Jeannie and Fern Brady

https://glasgowcomedyfestival.seetickets.com/event/fern-brady-suffer-fools-/the-stand-comedy-club/1168694/

 

Donal Vaughan “Science Magic”

OTL and Junior Jones were lucky enough to chance this show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Donal has dry, quick wit that keeps the children and the parents entertained in this great family comedy, science show. It helps that there are explosions, fire and general mess!

https://glasgowcomedyfestival.seetickets.com/search/?q=Donal+Vaughan:+Science+Magic

 

Susan Riddell “Lazy Susan”

OTL has quickly become a big fan of Susan since seeing her for the first time at Edinburgh Fringe last year. Although the title of her show is Lazy Susan, OTL is convinced Susan must work really hard to have come so far in such a relatively short time. She has great delivery and material to match. Susan has such an easy nature style and definitely has a great future in comedy. She was runner up in this year’s Funny Women competition and also has been nominated for best Scottish Newcomer. This show is definitely worth a punt!

https://glasgowcomedyfestival.seetickets.com/event/susan-riddell-lazy-susan/yesbar/1178361/

 

Phil Differ “Life is Pish”

If you love Scottish comedy and you aren’t familiar with Mr Phil Differ then shame on you! Phil  is one of the greatest comedy writers this country has ever produced. No one would ever regret spending an evening in his company, he is simply brilliant. Definitely an all time Over The Lyne favourite.

http://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/shows/1865

 

The above are just a few shows that OTL are picked out but below links to some more fantastic performers that OTL recommends who are bringing their shows to this year’s GCF

 

Paul McDaniel

https://glasgowcomedyfestival.seetickets.com/search?q=Paul+McDaniel+%3AThe+Return+Of+Captain+Hotshit

 

Jay Lafferty

http://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/shows/1851

 

Rahul Kohli

https://glasgowcomedyfestival.seetickets.com/event/rahul-kohli-newcastle-brown-tales-part-ii/liberte/1179283/

 

Don’t forget OTL is hosting Shaggers 16th and 17th March 10pm and the Yes Bar

Hosting Shaggers

https://glasgowcomedyfestival.seetickets.com/search/?q=Shaggers

and also Dr Jones Funny Bones is a family friendly children’s show 25th March 2.30pm The Iron Horse

Dr Jones Funny Bones

https://glasgowcomedyfestival.seetickets.com/search/?q=Dr+Jones+Funny+Bones

Snow Joke

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The Snow must go on

Over The Lyne Comedy fell victim to the “Beast from East” with the cancellation of our Carrickvale golf course gig on Saturday.

Whoever invented the  motto “The show must go on” had clearly had never met the mighty fury of Siberia.

Snowed under

Friends of OTL made headlines as their house was nearly engulfed in 12 foot snow drifts. They may have been rescued and taken to safety by the mountains rescue but nothing could save them from the BBC referring to them as an “elderly” couple!  Tsk Tsk BBC

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Dic Pics

Throughout the ages art has celebrated the male nude and this wintery season has been no exception. A creative explosion of snow erections have “graced” the land. The people of the British Isles love snow penis.

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Weathering the storm

Twitter has become the go to information source for travellers and weather watchers alike. With real time immediate information you can find out exactly what is happening in your own area. OTL is based in West Linton in the Pentland hills, South West of Edinburgh. 8 Miles to the East lies the town of Penicuik. Some comedy /weatherman  genius has chosen to post snow reports for Penicuik under the name @penisnow and because OTL has the maturity of a 9 year old OTL thinks that is hilarious!

The shops may be bare, the temperatures sub zero and live comedy may have been snowed under but there is still plenty to laugh about.

OTL is off to the shops to panic buy alcohol and tins of beans but we are back snow permitting next Friday at The County Inn, Peebles

Over The Lyne at County Inn
Gavin Webster headlines Over The Lyne Comedy

 

 

 

 

Funny Valentine

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A Dozen Red Roses, Chocolates and a Teddy?

It’s less than a week to go till Valentines Day.

Over The Lyne (OTL) can hear the cynical cries of “who cares it’s all a big marketing ploy”.

Of course it is but it is also a great excuse for having a laugh at all things romantic and sexy (with a few bodily fluids thrown in for good measure).

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Valentine shows 2018

Calling all Valentines Shaggers

Nik Coppin’s comedy show Shaggers is a perennial hit at The Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne comedy festivals. Whether you single or in a relationship it si the perfect alternative Valentines Night.

For comedy fans in Scotland, Shaggers Valentine Show is at The Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow. The headliner is award winning Scott Gibson with support from Anna Devitt, Matt Watson, Rosco McClelland and your host Jeannie Jones.

Tickets

Available from See Tickets

https://www.seetickets.com/tour/shaggers-comedy-valentine-special

Going away for a romantic break with your lover doesn’t always go to plan as these stories of romantic valentine mishaps testify.

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/feb/08/valentines-day-funny-romance-travel-trips-oysters-venice

Safer to stay at home and find your nearest Shaggers Valentines Show

@shaggerscomedy

10 Great Tips for a Happy 2018

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At the end of 2017, comedian Freddie Quinne posted 10 things he’d learned  (I’ve adapted them and used his post with his permission). These are his tips and I think they are pretty great too!

1. Just do your own thing – Don’t get hung up on the journey other people are taking to get to where you want to be, and don’t let other people put you off doing your own thing.

2. Save money – put something away each each month (you won’t even notice it’s gone). It all adds up then the can have that holiday or that emergency fund.

3. Don’t put comedy before everything else all the time – There’s a life beyond comedy.

4. A productivity journal gets shit done 

5. Set stupidly high goals and targets – Cause then if they come off, great, and if not then you’ve made yourself much better just by working towards a ridiculously high standard.

6. Learn to be happy for people – Instead of being sad because they didn’t call you for Live At The Apollo, be happy for the people that got it. It’s far nicer to live off someone else’s happiness than your own bitterness.

7. Don’t let anyone else tell you the kind of person/act you should be – By all means take advice off people, but don’t make yourself conform to other people’s expectations.

8. Have a little breakdown bag in your car – In case you break down then you’ve got some warm clothes and chocolate and life will be marginally less terrible.

9. Remember what you’re grateful for –  write down three things you are grateful right now. It’s reassuring to know that, no matter how shitty a day you’ve had, you can always find three things to be grateful for.

10. Everything changes –  Just because something’s been true for the last 10 years doesn’t mean it’ll still be true tomorrow.

Watch a clip of Freddie Quinne below & follow him on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/FreddyQuinneComedy/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdQfpFxPT48

If you have got great advice for good mental health this year then please comment below.

 

6 Annoying things people say at Christmas

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After the excesses of Christmas day, it starts! Time to play annoying phases BINGO

How many of these have been said in your house this Christmas?

Please comment and add your own below!

  1. I’m bored!
  2. Is there anything to eat?
  3. The batteries have run out!
  4. This is broken!
  5. I think the instructions have been thrown out with the wrapping paper!
  6. There’s nothing on the TV

Top Ten Feelgood Funny Films to Watch at Christmas

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Watching classic films whilst digesting a week’s worth of calories in one day is a big part of Christmas holidays. What are your favourite funny films? How many of Over The Lyne’s favourite’s have you seen? OTL would love to hear your list (please leave a comment).

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Over The Lyne Comedy Club’s Favourite films to watch in the Christmas Holidays

  1. The Castle (1997)
  2. Some Like it Hot (1959)
  3. The Blues Brothers (1980)
  4. Withnail and I (1987)
  5. Top Hat (1935)
  6. Best in Show (2000)
  7. The Man with Two Brains (1999)
  8. The Life of Brian (1979)
  9. So I Married an Axe Murderer (1999)
  10. Wayne’s World (1992)

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Peace and Laughter from Over The Lyne Comedy Club