Mark Nelson’s mix of dark humour, cutting observations and superb one-liners, all supported by a very confident and perfectly paced delivery, is on the menu for comedy fans in Glasgow as he headlines Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate this Friday 03 November 2017. The solidly consistent stand-up, will be joined on stage by Funmbi Omatayo, the Harrods porter turned Hackney gag merchant, and Scotland’s newest and hottest comedy talent from the East End of Glasgow, Jamie Dalgleish. Jojo Sutherland, the charismatic comic with a commanding stage persona, will compere the evening, keeping both comedian and audience in check.
Mark Nelson is not afraid of creating a stir. With his brilliantly dark material, delivered with unapologetic confidence, he pushes the comedy boundaries of taste. His likeable, quietly-spoken and laid-back style belys the stronger content that has his audiences laughing at things they know they really shouldn’t be laughing at. Although his stand-up is certainly not for the easily offended, the material is intelligent, well conceived and cleverly crafted, often weaving in political observations and sharp lines regarding social issues.
Funmbi Omotay delivers gently paced stories and anecdotes with warm confidence that has resulted in a number of awards in his short comedy career. He is creating a bit of a comedy storm with tales of living in Hackney, his Nigerian roots and his hilarious day-to-day observations. When he was uprooted from his native Hackney to Lagos at the age of 10, he felt like a fish out of water. But after assimilating into life in Nigeria the family returned when he was a teenager. The unsettling experience of trying to fit in across two continents has given the 35-year-old a unique insight on emigration and immigration, perfect material for his stand-up routines.
Jamie Dalgleish, a natural born storyteller oozing with Glasgow charm, is a comedian steeped in the more colourful parts of the city of his upbringing. He brings cheek and charm to accounts of entrepreneurial ingenuity in Glasgow’s East End. Many of his routines revolve around closeted, culturally impoverished aspects of Glaswegian life meeting the wider, more cosmopolitan world – from International Politics to fake Lacoste Trackies! As the self confessed drunken philosopher plays with class stereotypes he has a wry eye for cultural absurdity and invariably makes himself the butt of the joke. Jojo Sutherland is in as much demand for her compere abilities as she is for her comedy routine. Her natural stage presence alongside her “healthy neglect” approach to life and parenting forms the backbone to her material. This is interspersed with everyday grievances and motherly advice. It is a comedy journey through life’s ups and downs and twists and turns.
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