After last years runaway success with BGT winner the Lost Voice Guy, Whipman comedy is back!
Now in its 4th year, the Whipman comedy night is back with award-winning Scottish comedian Mark Nelson.
Comedy fans will be familiar with Mark from BBC Scotland radio and TV. He is the regular presenter of the BBC Scotland radio show “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” and often to be seen and heard on radio BBC Scotland’s “Breaking The News”.
Social media watchers may also recognise him from his “News at 3” videos with his political influencer daughter Isla.
Mark will be supported by London based (Cornish man) Matt Price and Northern Ireland’s Paul McDaniel. The night will all be held together with comedy glue by your regular host Jeannie Jones.
Tickets are priced £10 and can be bought in advance from Glenda at Rumbling Tams in West Linton (before 24th December) or Joke Pit online and on the door.
Over The Lyne Comedy Christmas 2017
We had a great show last year which culminating in comedians and comedy lovers singing “Auld Lang Syne”. Lets do it all again this year and make it an annual West Linton tradition! Here’s a clip of Jeannie leading off the singing.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling West Linton Golf Club on 01968 660970
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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 (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).
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.