Jimmy McGhie (2 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Opening with his weakest material - crowd-repelling tartan, bagpipe and clansmen stereotypes, and watery anecdotes about teen drinking disasters - this English stand-up is on shaky, confusing ground until he settles into more successful, far funnier character comedy. His 'niche banter' rich kids and middle-class smugs have developed from previous Fringe appearances, but still have a ways to go.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 31 Aug, 9.30pm, £8.50-£9.50 (£7-£8).

Jimmy McGhie's Northern Meeting

  • 2 stars

A disastrous party in the Highlands wrecked Jimmy's relationship and his confidence. Now he shares the whole shameful but hilarious story in an hour of stand-up from this exciting newcomer. 'A real talent' (Guardian).

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