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Scottish Comedian Tries Edinburgh Show South Of The Border
Where would a Scottish comedian go to perform a preview of their forthcoming Edinburgh Fringe Festival show? Why, Lichfield in Staffordshire of course. Fortunately for comedy fans in the Midlands, Susan Calman chose the Lichfield Garrick theatre to give her Edinburgh stand-up show a trial run as part of the Lichfield Festival which runs until July 10.

Susan Calman
Scottish comedian Susan Calman

Susan, the star of BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz, as well as a regular guest on TV comedy panel shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You, revealed that this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival clashes with the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. But on the evidence of this one-hour live performance she has no such worries about getting people to see her.

Susan will be celebrating her 10th anniversary as a stand-up comedian next year and she has clearly used that time to polish her performance to an extremely high degree. I don't know whether the show she gave in the Lichfield Garrick's intimate studio theatre on July 7 is the finished article for Edinburgh, but if it is audiences north of the border will be delighted.

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick was the venue for her pre-Edinburgh show

She describes herself as not being a dangerous comedian and maybe at less that five foot tall that is not surprising. But she packs a great deal of extremely funny material into just 60 minutes as she talks about a range of topics including her past expectations after starting out late as a comic, and a visit to psychic some 20 years ago. And, being gay and married, she makes a lot of references to her wife and keeping cats.

Susan Calman
Susan Calman at a LGBT rights comedy gig in Edinburgh in 2013 (Wikipedia)

But she really gets into her funny element when describing previous appearances on Celebrity University Challenge, where she was chosen to represent the University of Glasgow, and an episode of the cerebral quiz show QI in which she proved to be an expert on the Smurfs - an episode I remember well myself! And, of course, being Scottish, she also gets to compare her accent against famous celebrities from north of the border whose names are shouted out from the audience. Fans at the Edinburgh Fringe are in for a treat.

Rating: 8/10
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Why? One of the talented new brand of Scottish comedians
When: 7 July 2016
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets 15
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