Funny things happening in Gala and Hawick

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ERIC Scarboro plans to have people rolling in the aisles in Galashiels and Hawick next month with the opening of two new comedy clubs.

Scarboro has hosted two comedy shows in Hawick and on May 6 in the Weensland Function Suite it will be number three for the town.

“I’m slowly learning about life in the Borders and one thing is clear – if it’s good enough for Hawick, the people of Galashiels will want it as well.

“Therefore, I’m launching Ha Ha Gala at the Abbotsford Arms Hotel in Galashiels on May 7,” Scarboro told TheSouthern.

Each show will feature the best headline comedian available, supported by three more professionals from the circuit.

“I compere all of these shows and it’s my job to manage the mayhem,” Scarboro added.

Scarboro has worked with most of the big comedy names from the last 20 years in a varied career which has included stints in stand-up, TV and film work, as well as professional wrestling, and not to mention a naked photo-shoot in a national tabloid newspaper.

The two May shows will feature Michael Redmond – perhaps better know to some as Father Stone in the popular television series Father Ted – in Hawick, while award-winning funny man John Scott is set for Galashiels.

Scarboro explained: “Michael has been fabulously funny for 25 years and has his weekly show at The Stand in Glasgow – Michael Redmond’s Sunday Service.

“John Scott is a dark horse bet for an award in Edinburgh this year to go with the national comedy award he won last year.

“If the people of the Borders back me, I’ll build a couple of the best little comedy clubs in Britain.”

Tickets are priced £8 and £6 from the Weensland Function Suite (01450 371137) and from Guess What? in Galashiels (01896 759655).