Comedy comes west

Glum: Jack Dee
Glum: Jack Dee

AS you read this, comedians, performers and artistes of every imaginable genre are packing up following a month of mayhem in the capital city.

Yes, the Fringe is almost over for another year, and what follows is a mass exodus of big names embarking on UK-wide tours.

Perhaps you’ve been pounding the streets of Auld Reekie this August – but if not, then the King’s Theatre may have just the thing.

Securing not one but four of those big name funnymen, the Glasgow venue is hosting a mini comedy festival of its own – including one headline act that the Fringe hasn’t been able to boast.

The man in question is Jack Dee – perhaps comedy’s most famous misanthrope, returning to stand-up after a six year hiatus.

Why? “I want to spend less time with my family” is the true-to-form answer from the man himself. Expect plenty more agonising over that which annoys Jack Dee on September 25

At the other end of the spectrum, the exuberant Jason Byrne is swapping east for west as he takes in Glasgow as part of an autumn tour.

The high-energy Irish performer has been touting his wares in Edinburgh once again, involving audiences in every performance of People’s Puppeteer.

Having an audience almost seems a surprise for the comedian, who commented: “It was my first British solo tour ever last year. I was really worried no one would turn up, but you did turn up Britain, turned up in your own weird, wonderful, sometimes normal way”.

Byrne promises more madness for the Glasgow show on September 8 – and anyone who has caught the Edinburgh show will no doubt believe him.

Also taking to the King’s stage are Jim Jefferies – the man who found fame when he was attacked onstage at the Manchester Comedy Store – and Welsh ranter Rhod Gilbert.

Jefferies, a Fringe veteran and a regular on television panel shows, offers up Fully Functional – a controversial take on beliefs and routine behaviour, rounded off by his often-deviant real life stories.

And award for the best-named show on the block has to go to the Welsh contender, as Rhod Gilbert presents The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo (apparently, more than just a title).

We may not have a castle and there’s not a See You Jimmy hat in sight – but the September listings only serve as proof that we can do comedy as well as our eastern neighbours.

For full listing and ticket info, visit www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre.