Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre welcomes two Scottish comedians this week and next: the “half-man-half-Xbox” Daniel Sloss today (November 22), and the “cheeky, irreverent and gloriously camp” Craig Hill on Friday, November 30.
Sloss may be only 21, but he has already toured internationally, sold out four Edinburgh Fringe seasons. His website says: “To top it all off, he’s recently left home. So, now the gloves are really off! (Although the dirty socks are still on the floor).”
Scotland’s “hormone-ridden comic prodigy” from Fife is “one of the fastest rising stars of UK comedy,” his website continues. “He appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, 8/10 Cats, the Rob Brydon Show, Comic Relief’s Mock the Week, the Paul O’Grady Show, and starred in his own BBC show The Adventures of Daniel – all before he started to shave.”
Sloss won 2011’s Scottish Variety Award – Best New Comedian, and he is supported on his present 50-date UK national tour by Kai Humphries: “Newcastle’s hilarious and lovable rising comedy super-star”.
The Eastgate show begins at 8pm, costing £14.50, and the content is not suitable for under-16s.
Then the East Kilbride comedian Craig Hill’s show Jock’s Trap hits the stage the following week on Friday at 8pm, with “a deliciously wicked evening of no-holds-barred comedy and pure, unadulterated fun,” his agent promises.
His act comprises stand-up, comic characterisations and improvisation styles with musical diva impersonations, notably parodies of Julie Andrews singing punk songs and Shirley Bassey singing the football chant Who Ate All the Pies?.
Hill is a veteran of the Edinburgh Festival, having performed a show every year for the last 10 years, with memorable titles such as Kilty Pleasures and Craig Hill’s Alive with the Sound of Music.
He has hosted his own Friday night comedy show on BBC 1, called Craig Hill’s Out Tonight, followed by BBC Radio Scotland series Craig Hill’s Passionate Encounters: a quirky look at people and their passionate hobbies.
For more information, visit www.eastgatearts.com