Comedy review: Aye Right? How No?

The Stand comedy club, Glasgow. Picture: Chris Watt
The Stand comedy club, Glasgow. Picture: Chris Watt
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A STRIKING aspect of this politically focused show is that, while it couldn’t reflect the full spectrum of independence opinion, it did inspire variety, even a European cabaret-style eclecticism.

Aye Right? How No’?: Comedy Countdown to the Referendum - The Stand, Glasgow


You can’t blame No-supporting acts for not outing themselves in such a partisan atmosphere. But just one would have improved the night immeasurably, as the Yes consensus became stultifying, with Alex Salmond mocked more for his waistline than his policies.

To be fair to comperes Keir McAllister and Mark Nelson, they did identify and contextualise several charisma-lacking politicians at the beginning, and McAllister made wicked capital out of celebrity support for Better Together. But while Bruce Morton’s routines weren’t all fully developed, there was at least grit in his challenge to the audience about token online campaigning, while the referendum and Ukraine have afforded greater resonance to his Greater Shawlands Republic-posturing for Glasgow’s south side’s independence.

Musical duo Whyte & McKay delivered a pretty straight call to Just Say Yes, video artists Propaganda Now compensated for their awkward stage presence with nerdy mischief and the suggestion of greater potential, while enigmatic robot stand-up Cyber-Nat 1500 just about sustained satire over clumsy novelty. The currently all-conquering Gary Little effectively crowbarred in his non-political yarns with the barest of nods towards 18 September, before Fred MacAulay offered some dry, sardonic glimpses of his forthcoming Fringe Frederendum.

Closing with a parody of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, Lady Alba and her dancers were frisky but reinforced the rally-like mood.

Seen on 21.04.14