Headliner Mark Nelson
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling West Linton Golf Club on 01968 660970
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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.
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).
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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!
Britain’s Got Talent (BGT)
Lee, secured his place in Sunday’s Britain’s Got Talent Final and is the favourite to WIN!
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 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.
Lee Ridley (The Lost Voice Guy)
See Lee on BGT
Family Comedy at 4pm
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.
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.
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).
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.
Available from See Tickets
Going away for a romantic break with your lover doesn’t always go to plan as these stories of romantic valentine mishaps testify.
Safer to stay at home and find your nearest Shaggers Valentines Show
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
If you have got great advice for good mental health this year then please comment below.
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!
- I’m bored!
- Is there anything to eat?
- The batteries have run out!
- This is broken!
- I think the instructions have been thrown out with the wrapping paper!
- There’s nothing on the TV
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).
Over The Lyne Comedy Club’s Favourite films to watch in the Christmas Holidays
- The Castle (1997)
- Some Like it Hot (1959)
- The Blues Brothers (1980)
- Withnail and I (1987)
- Top Hat (1935)
- Best in Show (2000)
- The Man with Two Brains (1999)
- The Life of Brian (1979)
- So I Married an Axe Murderer (1999)
- Wayne’s World (1992)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Peace and Laughter from Over The Lyne Comedy Club