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Like Father Like Son

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Scott Gibson, our headline act from the Whipman marquee comedy gig is BACK! With the follow up show to his Edinburgh Fringe Best New Comer 2016 show “Life After Death”.

Get along to see Scott Gibson at West Linton Bowling Club on the 3rd of December before he heads off touring around the world. Scott genuinely makes OTL’s face ache with laughter! Hope to see a great crowd for this one!

To get your tickets online check on the link below or soon will be available from West Linton Pharmacy (Shop locally)

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/over-the-lyne-comedy-15379167834

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Do comedians die young?

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With the very sad news today that Sean Hughes has died at the age of 51 coming on the heels of US comedian Ralphie May’s death at the age of 45 only last week, OTL wonders if comedian’s die young?

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Research as far as it can go with a small sample seems to confirm that comedians compared to comic actors do statistically die younger. Certainly, it can be an unhealthy lifestyle. Life on the road can mean irregular meals, little exercise and too much alcohol. There’s also perhaps a predisposing personality towards mental health problems and addiction. With the highs come the lows.

Although OTL firmly believes laughter is the best medicine, for those merchants of the laughter, the comedians themselves,  it may not be so healthy. OTL will keep away from the take aways and try and get its 10,000 steps per day!

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jul/13/no-laughing-matter-as-researchers-show-that-stand-ups-die-young

http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2017/10/16/38158/sean_hughes_dies_at_51

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/obituaries/ralphie-may-brash-comedian-is-dead-at-45.html

Free stand up shows from Edinburgh Fringe on Audible

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Audible have made 12 stand up shows from this years Edinburgh Fringe available free!

That’s OTL’s weekend sorted.

Love a one liner

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OTL loves a great one liner and there are plenty of great puns and one liners out there!  Great to see friend of OTL,  Jenny Collier on this list. Check out the link to the guardian below for their favourite 10 one liners.

Unfortunately none of resident MC Jeannie Jones’ one liners made it into Steve Best’s book but as OTL’s venue at Peebles rugby club tells her “keep trying”.

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https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/oct/04/comedians-best-one-liners

Lee Nelson added tour dates? Time to give the British Prime Minister her P45

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Simon Brodkin aka Lee Nelson, pulled possibility his biggest stunt so far in evading security at the tory party conference and giving the prime minister her P45 (the form people get in the UK when they are sacked or leave their job). Coincidence that this is great publicity for his autumn tour (tickets still available). OTL is wondering what prank it might play to gain free advertising for its gigs….. (Please leave any suggestions in the comments section)BRITAIN-POLITICS-EU-BREXIT

The police are reporting concerns that  ISIS maybe attending  comedy courses  to infiltrate the comedy circuit and plant sleeper cells of comedians to launch suicide “pranks”against prominent figures in public life.  Yeah good luck getting an open spot ISIS

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/04/prankster-simon-brodkin-hands-may-p45-during-conference-speech-lee-nelson

http://leenelson.com/about/

Carrickvale 30th September gallery

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Thanks to everyone who came along to Carrickvale on Saturday. Great sold out gig! Hope to see you all back for our next Carrickvale night on 29th November 2017! Special thanks to our fabulous headliner Vladimir McTavish, Cal Halbert, Ronnie Black and Wis Jantarnasorn. Your MC was Jeannie Jones and the man behind the scenes was Carrickvale’s own John Pow (great superhero name!).

Cal Halbert, Carrickvale 30th September

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OTL favourite Cal Halbert, one half of Britain’s Got Talent “The Mimic Men”, is joining us on Saturday night. If you haven’t seen him before then here is a wee clip that went viral of him as Mrs Doubtfire.

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Carrickvale golf course, 30th September with headliner Vladimir McTavish

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OTL are excited to have Vladimir McTavish headlining our Saturday gig. If you aren’t familiar with Mr McTavish’s work then check out this little clip of him from the Stand comedy club.

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Fashion bible Vogue, features 5 of the best British female comics

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OTL secretly loves fashion, secretly not because OTL keeps it quiet, but secret because no one would ever be able to tell, lets face it OTL hasn’t exactly nailed the fashionable, glamorous look.

The only way OTL would get to appear in the pages of Vogue magazine,  would be if the magazine did a feature about Scottish rural comedians with the most fashionable wellies and even then OTL would lose to wellington wearing farmer, turned comedian Jim Smith!

Great to see friend of OTL Fern Brady in this list!1800

http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/best-new-british-female-comics

Is the solo comedy show the new church sermon?

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megaphoneOTL was talking to one of their regular OTL punters yesterday about the shows they’d see at Edinburgh Fringe. This person had noticed how many of the 24 comedy shows  they’d seen that had a serious message. They felt at times preached to instead of primarily entertained. If they wanted to be preached at they would have gone to church!

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Perhaps it is driven by what comedians think will interest reviewers and those who put together award lists. Award winning comedy, it seems these days can’t just be about shows with the funniest jokes and that make the most people laugh. They have to be innovative (perhaps gimmicky) and have a strong message.  Don’t get OTL wrong, we love a show that takes us through a rollercoaster of emotion but thought provoking is one thing but being preached at with the occasional joke is another.

First of all a comedy show has be funny otherwise it should it listed in the spoken word section not in the stand up comedy section!

It is of course it is possible to make people laugh and give a strong political and social message.

What do you think? Please leave a comment below. That’s OTL Sunday sermon finished 😉

https://mosaicscience.com/story/comedy-humour-jokes-political-satire-taboo