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New comedy club to promote fresh and established talent in the Highlands


By Val Sweeney

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Gary Campbell and Liz Lawson look forward to the start of the new comedy club at the Chieftain Hotel in Inverness.
Gary Campbell and Liz Lawson look forward to the start of the new comedy club at the Chieftain Hotel in Inverness.

A new comedy club to promote fresh talent in the Highlands and Islands has been formed.

The Chieftain Comedy Club will meet monthly at the city’s Chieftain Hotel, in Millburn Road, and aims to help established and new comedians with writing and performing.

It also hopes to have outreach sessions across the region on a regular basis.

It will meet on the first Thursday of every month starting on April 7.

Gary Campbell, who chairs the club, said Inverness previously hosted the Teuchters Comedy Club which closed in 2021.

“That forum allowed myself and others to get a start in comedy and there has been a void ever since, hence the creation of the Chieftain Comedy Club,” he said.

“As well as myself, others who got their break at the old club include a number who went on to perform at the nationally-renowned Stand clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow and some made it on to national TV.”

Those benefitting from the city’s club scene include Rab Mulheron, the inspiration behind Scotland’s Adult Comedy Show, which is touring and will end with a performance at Eden Court in October.

The Rude and Good comedy duo are also making a mark, appearing at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

The club nights at the Chieftain will be split into two sections – the first half for those wanting to write in partnership or in larger groups with the second part for practice performances.

Joe Sweeney, creative convener of the club and part of Rude and Good, said: “We’ve already had interest from people who want to write but not perform and we know from our own experience that when you get a group of creative people together, the material just gets better and better.”

The performing section will have five-minute slots for those wanting to try ‘open mic’ style plus longer sections for those who want to hone their talents.

Liz Lawson, proprietor of the Chieftain Hotel, was delighted to help support the club, saying: “We’ve hosted Scotland’s Adult Comedy Show several times over the past few months and a club like this can only help others who want to see if a career in comedy is for them.”

More details at the Chieftain Comedy Club.


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