Arnold Brown (3 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Quite why this veteran comic needs a warm-up act is anyone's guess. Irish stand-up Ian Macpherson has got a perfectly fine line of patter, but Brown is such a consummate and idiosyncratic comedian you want a full hour of him. Nevertheless, the impish Glaswegian has canny observations about happiness, but the real joy is the way in which Brown transfixes his audience with hilarious pregnant pauses and mischievous knowing grins.

The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, until 24 Aug, 3pm, £8.50 (£7.50).

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