I was invited to take photos 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.
On the first night they were also joined by Christopher MacArthur-Boyd. Native to the East End of Glasgow, he 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), who performed both nights, talked about her husband and her father-in-law. However a theme that came up frequently amongst the others was 'So I'm currently single and have been trying internet dating.' Sign of the times.
Glasgow musician Findlay Napier sang a humorous song about tax evasion (not his own.)
Tricia Stakes joked about her teenage daughters being a drug smuggler and a mass murderer wannabe. Teenagers, hey?
Elderflower cordial user, Andrew Ogilvie, regaled us with a tale about an eventful trip to the supermarket.
Self-professed Tyrion Lannister resembler 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 and Findlay teamed up to argue about football.
Graham Stewart impressed us with comedic magic - and his awesome drawing abilities.
Ex-hairdresser Joseph Goss talked about his lack of chin.
Kimi Loughton talked about sexual freedom.