Butcher's Choice, The Glad Cafe. Gig Photography in Glasgow.
I was invited to take some performance photography in Glasgow at 'Butcher's Choice' during the Glasgow Comedy Festival. The comedy evening was at The Glad Cafe. Butcher's Choice are a collective of Glasgow comedians. It started out as a core group who met through a comedy workshop. It has grown into a monthly comedy night, usually at McPhabbs, Glasgow. The room was packed out both evenings with lots of laughter filtering out to the technician's box, where I was sitting. One thing that united the comedians was an ability to spin a good yarn.
The compere is the fabulous Fergus Mitchell, who is also a screenwriter.
The comedian Christopher MacArthur-Boyd, an East Ender (Glasgow East End that is...), joined the line up and comes across as a moral crusader, feeding us information about the evils of the world as he sees it.
David Paul, ex-security man Tommy Henery, Charlene Peterson, Chris KC (putting the 'international' in the Glasgow International Comedy Festival), Chris Scott and Lewis McKenzie (all pictured below) also all performed and are regulars at Butcher's Choice events.
Eilidh Soussi (pictured below), performed on both nights that I took photos at Butchers Choice. She talked about her husband and about her father-in-law.H owever a theme that came up frequently amongst the other stand ups was 'so I'm currently single.' This was often followed by the phrase 'and have been trying internet dating.' Sign of the times...
Glaswegian musician Findlay Napier sang a humorous song about tax evasion (not his own.)
Tricia Stakes joked about her teenage daughter being a drug smuggler and a mass murderer wannabe who tied her to a radiator. Teenagers, hey?
Elderflower cordial user, Andrew Ogilvie (below), regaled us with a tale about an eventful trip to the supermarket and trying to bring his haul back on the bus. I think we have all been there.
Self-professed Tyrion Lannister look alike Anthony Forrest talked about the pitfalls of being short - like not being able to set off the sensors to open a door whilst on a date.
Stevie McKinnon talked about mental health and suffering from OCD.
Fergus Mitchell and Findlay Napier teamed for a lively 'debate' about football.
Graham Stewart impressed us with comedic magic - and his awesome drawing abilities.
Up and coming comedian Kimi Loughton also performed, talking about sexual freedom. Kimi is one of Scotland's best up and coming new comedians. She hosts and performs at a variety of comedy clubs across the country and takes part in nights as varied as Rap Battles to clubs nights.
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