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Comedy night offers Teuchter's delight

By Kyle Walker

The new comedy night has been set up in the hopes that it’ll become a proving ground for local comedians like Rob Ford (left) and Mike Hendry.
The new comedy night has been set up in the hopes that it’ll become a proving ground for local comedians like Rob Ford (left) and Mike Hendry.

A new night of laughs is aiming straight for the Highlands’ funnybones, as the Teuchter’s Comedy Club rolls into town.

The stand-up showcase comes to the Bar On Taylor’s Street on Friday, offering an evening of comedy talent, both local and national.

Taking the stage to compere the evening is rising star Gary Faulds, and headlining the event is Glasgow’s Susan McCabe. Joining them on the night will be Chrissy Ross, local lads Kieran Lochore and Mike Hendry – and possibly more.

It’s a line-up that has Halde Pottinger – stand-up comedian and the Teuchter’s Comedy Club’s organiser – thrilled. “I still find myself pinching my body at night – easy now! – as I think I’m dreaming and I keep asking myself, ‘Did I really manage to get Gary Faulds as our compere?!’” he said.

“Susie is of the exact same stock. She sells out tours and dates all over the country, and brings a completely awesome and unique comedy. We also have Chrissy Ross who runs comedy nights in the Central Belt as our opening act, an up-and-coming talent in itself, and is known for getting naked and throwing alcohol – I hope the venue owner ain’t reading this!

“We also have the best of the best from the local talent which is so strong that even I can’t get a gig at my own show!”

Teuchter’s Comedy Club organiser Halde Pottinger.
Teuchter’s Comedy Club organiser Halde Pottinger.

The night is the latest regular stand-up night to come to Inverness, as the city experiences somewhat of a renaissance in terms of its comedy scene. “There has already been some amazing groundwork carried out already in the Highland capital over the past few years, such as at the Comedy Bothy, Up-Market and the odd one off events,” Halde explained.

“And there is some great local talent already here, like Mike Hendry and Kieran ‘El Diablo’ Lochore – who is genuinely one of the funniest comics around.

“I’m just looking to compliment and add to the scene already here, to really give it a bit of a shake up!”

And he hopes that this show will be the beginning of something far bigger – Halde plans to take the Teuchter’s Comedy Club on the road around the Highlands over the coming weeks.

“We’ve had a great response from people outwith the city so we will be rocking up there very soon,” he said. “And we are just past the planning stage of a mini Highland tour, incorporating the Islands as well of course which will be announced shortly!

“We want to see comedy happening all over the Highlands, and certainly in Inverness we want to offer at least one show every week – and more if people want us.

“We will grow by developing our own local talent, that’s a huge focus. We are a club, and we are a close network of crazy dudes and dudettes.

“We practice, we rehearse, we develop, we critique, we provide feedback, then we cry, then hug it out – but we improve.”

The first Teuchter’s Comedy Club night takes place at the Bar On Taylor’s Street on Friday. Doors open at 7.30pm, and tickets cost £10 – go to www.theteuchterscomedyclub.co.uk

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