Scottish Comedy Highlights: November 2023

The clocks have gone back and there's no escaping the dark. Good job we've got a stellar selection of November comedy to keep you cosy

Article by Polly Glynn | 02 Nov 2023
  • Viggo Venn

You awake to find yourself in a Dark November. Lucky for you, John Robertson’s live-action video game The Dark Room is touring (Edinburgh Stand, 5 Nov / Glasgow Stand, 26 Nov). It’s a cult Fringe favourite for good reason – take everyone you know, especially pals called Darren.

Glasgow Pavilion sees its fair share of comedy this month. Kiwi comic and now Hollywood star Rhys Darby brings his stand-up silver jubilee to the venue (7 Nov) while a few days later, Norwegian clown and, unbelievably, Britain’s Got Talent winner Viggo Venn hits the stage with British Comedian (14 Nov). Expect absurd antics from the pair of them.

Two of Hull’s finest comics also land in Edinburgh with their tour shows. After stealing hearts and minds with her eccentric worldview on the current series of Taskmaster, Lucy Beaumont comes to Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall (15 Nov) with The Trouble and Strife. Also coming to town by way of the Humber is one of our favourite shows of Fringe 2022 – Amy Gledhill’s The Girl Before The Girl You Marry (Glasgow Stand, 20 Nov / Monkey Barrel Edinburgh, 21 Nov). It’s a powerhouse hour of vivid storytelling, centring on romantic mishaps which will soon have you in tears of laughter.

If more local acts take your fancy, don’t miss Stephen Buchanan at Glasgow Stand (19 Nov), performing his Fringe show to a home crowd. You can also catch him at Material, Girl, Susan Riddell and Amanda Dwyer’s monthly new material gig at McChuills in Glasgow. Rebranded for International Men’s Day, November sees the stellar Larry Dean headline Material, Guy (27 Nov).