Dan Lilo (yet another alter ego) made his debut appearances at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall this weekend just gone. He performed a routine based on Dan Leno's interpretation of the song "The Swimming Master", with new patter and choreography from myself.
Dan Leno himself performed at the Britannia before his death in 1904. He used his slight frame to comic effect in what was true burlesque, satirising the "strong man" acts and body culture of the age.
Got a spare hour for some free entertainment this weekend...?
Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 May, shows at 1pm and 3pm Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD Music Hall Memories
It is 1911 and the music hall is thriving. You are invited in to see the world's oldest surviving music hall and laugh at some of the world's oldest surviving jokes, along with songs, magic and variety. Entry FREE. Donations welcome.
I will be performing - but under what guise? You'll have to turn up to find out!
Why, I do believe that my alter ego Dickie Clifford will be making an appearance! Expect other special guests too. Details on Facebook, with surprises on the night. Men taking off their clothes and making you laugh (in a good way) - what could be better?
As you can see, tickets are £8 in advance from Tickets Scotland. Tickets are also available from Merchant City specialist boutique Luke & Jack.
Yesterday evening, the poetry crowd at Sammy Dow's, Nithsdale Road, celebrated the umpteenth "Words & Music" Open Poetry Performance Competition. Poets had two minutes to perform one poem. The judges were Carl MacDougall and Marc Sherland.
This year saw the inauguration of the Hugh Healy Trophy, in honour of the event's co-founder (with Pamela Duncan). In these photographs, the trophy somewhat catches the light of the flash!
I was delighted to be a runner-up this year, having last done so in 2007. Congratulations to fellow runner-up Catherine Walker and winner Katherine Beaumont, as well as to all the other contestants.
Winner Katherine Beaumont receives the Hugh Healy Trophy from Carl MacDougall
Runner-up Chris Young (me!) with judges Carl MacDougall and Marc Sherland
Runner-up Catherine Walker with judges Carl MacDougall and Marc Sherland
WARNING: Excessive side-splitting may lead to blood loss.
A craic squad of performance poets tackles life’s major issues (scary schoolteachers, body hair, mountaineering grannies, missing teapots etc.), pausing only for laughter and medical emergencies.
Battered and bruised from last year's success, the tag-team returns for a second bout of verbal footwork and punching both sides of the belt, offering an invigorating afternoon of spoken word transfused with comedy. They expect to haemorrhage humour of all descriptions, from the sanguine and the phlegmatic to occasional melancholy and bile.
You have been warned.
Dates: 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 August 2011
Venue: Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Kasbar Room), 4 India Buildings, Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2EX [Venue 185]