Oldest stand-up heads for Crieff

THE world’s oldest stand-up, Lynn Ruth Miller, is to make her debut at the first Crieff Comedy Festival this month.

The 84-year-old Ohio-born comedian will give audiences a taste of her new show at The Square Bar in Crieff on Saturday, July 27, before her appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe.

She said: “I’ve never performed in Perthshire before, but I’m excited, honoured and delighted to bring my show to the first Crieff Comedy Festival.

“Crieff audiences can expect to learn what life is like when you are 84 and living the life. I will make you laugh and cry and look forward to your own dotage. At least I hope I will. Young people of the world, come and see your future!”

The retired journalist - she previously worked on newspapers and magazines after graduating from Stanford University - only started performing when she was 71 after catching the bug after enrolling at a comedy college in San Francisco.

Miller says the best part of being a stand-up is “being able to connect with such a diverse group of people and making them understand where I am coming from and laugh about it”.

And the worst? “Trying to remember what to say next.”

Midsummer re-imagined

HENRY Pettigrew, Sarah Higgins, Benny Young and Eileen Nicholas are to star in the National Theatre of Scotland’s newly imagined production of David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s heart-warming love-letter to Edinburgh, Midsummer.

This version of the play, directed by Kate Hewitt, premieres at the Edinburgh International Festival in August. Taking up residence in the festival’s HQ, The Hub, the production expands and enlarges the original play with songs, featuring a live band.

Hewitt said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to work on this new version of Midsummer, bringing together a brilliant cast, band and creative team for the show’s spiritual homecoming to Edinburgh.

“Midsummer is a wild, funny, moving show and we’re excited to expand it here, looking at Bob and Helena’s story from new perspectives.”

Black Eyed Peas back on the road

THE Black Eyed Peas are to embark on a tour for the first time in eight years, starting on October 27 in London and taking in Glasgow. With seven chart-topping studio albums, 25 million YouTube views and more than 10 million monthly Spotify listeners, the Grammy award-winning group will perform their catalogue of eclectic hits.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of their original line-up.

The group have a new single, Get it, and a video that encourages awareness and action on police brutality and immigration reform. The band are also known for the singles Where is the Love?, I Gotta Feeling and My Humps.

The tour comes to the Hydro in Glasgow on November 2.

From zero to Fringe hero

THIS summer sees the release of a new documentary, A1: The Long Road to Edinburgh, revealing the trials and tribulations of a comedian preparing to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time, having begun his year-long journey with absolutely zero experience of performing stand-up.

In August 2017, Fringe first-timer Mark Row arrived in the city to perform his show for a 25-night run. Just 12 months earlier he had never stepped on stage to perform stand-up at all.

Through interviews, video diaries and footage from the gigs, Row demonstrates the highs and lows of starting out in comedy, the impact that the journey has had on his family and day-to-day life, and exactly what it takes to write, promote and perform an Edinburgh show, starting from absolutely nothing.

The film will be screened as part of Laughing Horse’s Free Festival at Dropkick Murphy’s on August 14 from 7pm.