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Highland Comedy Club Goes From Strength to Strength

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Now in its second year, the Inverness based Chieftain Comedy Club is about to host a bumper club night on 1 June.

Formed to give new and established acts a platform to either start out, or hone, their skills the club has seen its members go on to receive acclaim across the UK and beyond.

This June, the last event before a short summer break, will see a bumper nine acts take to the stage at the club’s regular venue, the Chieftain Hotel in Inverness.

Hosted by Annie MacDonald, who has just returned from the United States, those performing on the night range in age from 18 through to 50+, many of whom stared their journey at the club.

“We’re delighted how successful the club has been” explained Gary Campbell, Chair of the club, who also performs as stand-up comedian Gary Aye “Since we started in early 2022 we’ve had club members go on to take the stage at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as performing in the likes of Spain and beyond”

The club night on 1 June will feature regulars such as ‘Shogun’ Joe Sweeney, the club’s creative convenor, as well as newer performers like Dingwall’s Iain Duncan, who over the past few months has built up a programme of regular gigs across Scotland each month.

Also making her second appearance will be Charlye MacMillan, who moved to the area with her family from Texas during the Covid pandemic.

“It’s been a blast, to be honest’ said Joe Sweeney, who himself was quoted by a top comedy critic as having the best joke at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival “The only problem with the joke was that it was a bit too blue to be entered into the ‘official’ joke award last year, but I can assure you, it will bring a tear to your eye”.

The Club Night is on 1 June 2023 at the Chieftain Hotel, Millburn Road, 7.30pm for 8.

It features adult humour and is free to attend.

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