Capital comedy success comes to Glasgow

Capital comedy success comes to Glasgow

AS Glasgow Comedy Festival moves into top gear, it is a chance for people to catch up with some of the shows that wowed the critics at the Edinburgh Fringe last year.

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Tonight at Oran Mor, Sean Hughes explores a young man's circumscribed world of love, and relationships for a young man, with the help of an eccentric collection of props, in Penguins.

It was a comeback that won the comedian a Herald Angel award in the first week of our prizes last August, presented to him by John Lloyd, a chap who has been behind a few classic comedies himself.

"Over the years he has crafted philosophy and art from life's little failures, and Penguins is him at his funniest and most profound," wrote Alan Morrison last summer when Hughes returned to the Fringe and to the Gilded Balloon.

Lunchtime music treat

THIS week's Westbourne Music concert at Glasgow's Merchants House, off George Square, is one of the lunchtime chamber music season's periodic trips off-piste to encompass jazz.

At the piano is Steve Hamilton, one of Tommy Smith's earliest keyboard partners who still regularly fills that role with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. His trio also includes the SNJO's star drummer Alyn Cosker and is completed by bassist Euan Burton. A mosaic of original music, composed by the band members, and tunes by Ralph Towner and Duke Ellington is promised. It takes place on Thursday at 12.45pm.

Improvising trio are on the bill

THE Click Clack Club continues to offer Edinburgh's adventurous music audience a varied programme in its monthly presentations at Henry's Cellar Bar. Thursday sees club founders Steve Kettley (saxophone), Dave Conway (bass guitar) and Des Travis (drums) reforming their improvising trio Snibbo on a bill that also features singer-guitarist Colin Donati and cellist Robin Mason's Various Moons and funksters New Urban Frontier. Doors open at 8pm.