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Review - David Kay at Glasgow Comedy Festival

Laconic comic avoids slickness in favour of heightened foolishness.

Jay Richardson, The List, 2nd April 2019

Comics on who you should see at Glasgow Comedy Festival

We kick off our Glasgow Comedy Festival coverage by asking a bunch of acts who are in town during March to pick one show they'd most like to see during the month. As it turns out, family loyalty means nothing when it comes to a comedian's recommendation ...

The List, 14th March 2019

Stewart Lee's 2018 Edinburgh Fringe picks

Stewart Lee is not performing at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival, but via his newsletter he made some suggestions of people he thinks you should see this August.

British Comedy Guide, 16th July 2018

David Kay - 'My audience demands scone-based material'

Ahead of his Glasgow Comedy Festival date, the deadpan Scottish stand-up chats about the controversy flying around contemporary scone recipes.

Brian Donaldson, The List, 16th February 2017

14 shows to see at the 14th Glasgow Comedy Festival

Don't just stick with the names you know from Live at the Apollo, though: here are 14 shows you really ought to see.

Gary Marshall, Metro, 10th March 2016

Review: Gilded Balloon Comedy (Edinburgh)

Reviews of Katie Mulgrew, Joel Dommett, David Kay and Jarred Christmas.

Jennifer Davidson, Mumble Comedy, 10th February 2015

The Alternative Comedy Experience

I am looking forward to Series 2 of this show but in the meantime, I will be looking out for names like David Kay, Alun Cochrane and Bridget Christie in particular, as these new names stood out for me.

Becca Moody, Moody Comedy, 18th April 2014

This week's new live comedy

Previews of The Lumberjacks, Stewart Lee and David Kay.

James Kettle, The Guardian, 20th April 2013

Radio Times review

The popular image of stand-up nowadays is of arena tours, massive-selling DVDs and appearances on TV panel shows. But Stewart Lee wants to wrest what is known as "alternative comedy" away from the pejorative backwater where it's been languishing. In truth, that means a series of lower-profile - though very funny - comedians on stage at the Stand in Edinburgh. Henning Wehn, Isy Suttie, Boothby Graffoe, David Kay, David O'Doherty and Glenn Wool are in the line-up - and the conversations with Lee are bite-sized gems.

David Crawford, Radio Times, 5th February 2013

Is it the recession? The Tories? The procession of fresh-faced ob-coms filling the O2 with their jaunty musings on social-media etiquette and supermarket self-service checkouts? Who knows. But there's little doubt that what older readers will recognise as alternative comedy is undergoing a mini-renaissance. Alexei Sayle has returned to stand-up and this new series sees Stewart Lee, who has flown the flag through's fallow years, introducing comedy from The Stand in Edinburgh. It's simultaneously refreshing and frustrating.

Tonight's opener features Isy Suttie, David Kay, Boothby Graffoe, Henning Wehn, Glenn Wool and David O'Doherty. But not for very long: at half an hour, and with ads and six comedians per show, it means approximately one and a half gags each - although the same half-dozen will be returning for more across the 12-part series, which showcases a total of 20 stand-ups. It's great to see more marginal comic turns getting exposure, but frustrating that we aren't allowed to see them in full flow, at least tonight.

Phil Harrison, Time Out, 5th February 2013

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