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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

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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.

Larry Dean will be a Christmas Cracker!

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Over The Lyne comedy is absolutely delighted to have pulled a Christmas Cracker! We have the hilarious Larry Dean coming to OTL at the Bowling Club on the 29th December fresh from his awesome debut appearance on LIVE AT THE APOLLO!

Get tickets before they sell out! Tickets are available from WEST LINTON PHARMACY or Overthelyne.com

Laugh off the turkey or get tickets as a great Christmas present for the comedy fans in your house!

Jeannie will be your host with some awesome support acts!

Merry Christmas!

Opening night Over The Lyne at The County Inn, Peebles

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Fun opening first gig at the County Inn in Peebles, thanks to Nick and the team at the County and everyone who came along, hopefully we can build on this first night and grow a loyal audience. The next night is the 27th of December with headliner Vladimir McTavish and Over The Lyne favourite Nik Coppin.

Here are a few photos courtesy of Matt Watson.

 

 

Christmas Special with Larry Dean

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OTL are delighted to announce Larry Dean as the headline act for our Christmas Special on the 29th December at West Linton Bowling club.

Looking for a perfect Christmas present for the difficult to buy for comedy loving family member (over 18yo)? Entertaining family between Christmas and New Year but can’t be bothered trailing into Edinburgh? Look no further! Get them tickets to Christmas Comedy at the bowling club with the awesome Larry Dean!

THIS WILL SELL OUT SO GET IN EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

Sharp and unexpected lines…an irresistible chutzpah

 Get your tickets from West Linton Pharmacy, Eventbrite or directly by contacting Jeannie via Overthelyne@gmail.com
OTL will also be selling tickets at West Linton Market.

New monthly Over The Lyne Peebles gig

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Over The Lyne are excited to announce a new monthly gig in Peebles in the newly refurbished upstairs bar and function room in the The County Inn, High street, Peebles.

Overthelyne Comedy at The County Inn

On the 6th of December our headliner is Ray Bradshaw.

Since starting stand up in late 2008, Ray Bradshaw has gone on to be one of the brightest and most exciting acts on the UK Comedy circuit, having performed sell out solo festival shows in Edinburgh, Adelaide, and Melbourne.
In the past year alone, Ray has performed at the Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Singapore Fringe and Kuala Lumpur Comedy Carnival to name but a few as well as getting rave reviews for his shoe ‘Deaf Comedy Fam’ at the Edinburgh fringe.
A double Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist, Ray has numerous radio credits under his belt with BBC Scotland and Radio 4, as well as recently being the tour support for Ardal O’Hanlon And Frankie Boyle.
Has a clear comedy gift’ **** (Edinburgh Evening News).
 ‘Bradshaw is raucously funny’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).
Tickets are £5 and available from the bar at the County Inn

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We need to talk about Louis

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As fall from grace go, Louis CK’s has been one of the most spectacular. To anyone in the comedy community, the stories about Louis CK’s predilections for masturbating in front of fellow women comedians was well known. The accusations and admission from Louis,  has come at what feels like a turning point for women who have previously put up with varying degrees of harassment in male dominated entertainment industries. OTL has not personally been the victim of sexual harassment (probably as OTL is middle aged) however OTL has certainly been patronised, insulted and intimidated by both male and female acts in comedy but not sure that’s so different to anyone in any job.

What does make comedy unique is the “workplace”. How many workplaces are workers openly allowed to drink alcohol? Travel to work (comedy car share) is routine comedians bitching about their job, co-workers, employers and audience. The line between jokes and reality become very blurred. It’s not a very “normal” work environment.

OTL is also hardly surprised that the damaged people that do stand up and make people laugh also can have problems with treating others well and with respect.

OTL also would like women in comedy to be empowered enough to handle creeps on and off stage cause lets face all these revelations aren’t suddenly going to stop all the dysfunctional insecure creeps in the world. .

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/11/16/grappling-not-only-with-louis-c-k-but-sexism-and-power-in-comedy/?utm_term=.c4ef18ed4525

Stop being offended, its only a joke!

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“Audiences used to complain that I was highly offensive, so I started washing and using deodorant” Jeannie Jones

Ok, its not the greatest line ever but kinda makes the point that people get offended by all sorts of things and in this day and age it seems to be getting worse.

A member of OTL family used to say “Offence is taken not given”, how OTL laughed when he took offence at someone in France offering him money thinking he was a tramp, forcing him utter the lines “Je ne suis pas un vagrant”.

There are lots of things in life to get offended about, injustice, mass shootings, racism, misogyny, poverty but jokes? swearing? really?

We deal with the difficulties of the world using humour, it is a mainstay in maintaining our sanity.

So does OTL get offended by comedy /jokes? Yes, but not because of the topic because the comedian’s material is so badly constructed and unfunny. Tough topics are best left to the best pro comedians, advice to newer comedians avoid, avoid, avoid. Once you have mastered the art of comedy then knock yourself out, tackle the controversial topics.

http://notablelife.com/our-generation-needs-to-stop-being-offended-by-everything-and-learn-how-to-take-a-joke/

Arise, Sir Billy Connolly

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Billy Connolly was honoured with a knighthood this week. For Scots, Billy is universally adored. OTL grew up listening to Billy Connolly. OTL remembers parents secretly laughing (despite their official disapproval of his swearing).

When anyone asks OTL about comedy heroes, Billy is always top of the list. The thing OTL loves the most about Billy is his sense of fun. As much as dark comedy, political comedy and satire are important, Comedy should be fun and Billy does fun in abundance. The twinkle in his eye, his cheeky delivery and the enthusiasm he uses to bring his stories to life are without equal. OTL aspires to bring a fraction of the joy and happiness, Billy has brought to the world.

Below are some of Billy’s greatest words of wisdom.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comedy/comedians/billy-connolly-34-great-quotes/billy-connolly13/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-41814961

Nik Coppin Halloween Harvey

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Nik Coppin is our globetrotting headliner for Saturday night 4th November at Peebles Rugby Club. The start time has been delayed to 8:30pm to allow folks to attend the actual fireworks before then getting along in time for the comedy fireworks.

Hope to see you there!

Stu Who? Headlines next Carrickvale gig

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Our last Carrickvale gig was SOLD OUT! So get in quick for tickets for this show with the awesome Stu WHO? He is supported by rising star Gareth Waugh with your resident OTL host Jeannie Jones.

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