Viz creator set for brewery stand-up show

Simon Donald is at the Scottish Borders Brewery next Saturday
Simon Donald is at the Scottish Borders Brewery next Saturday
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THE co-creator of cult magazine Viz is on the stand-up comedy line-up for a one-off event near Jedburgh next Saturday.

Simon Donald will be joined by Canadian Jason John Whitehead and host Bob Slayer, pictured top of page, as they try out new material at the Scottish Borders Brewery in the lead-up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

“Beer and comedy are natural bedfellows,” said Scottish Borders Brewery owner John Henderson, “so when Bob approached us with the idea, we jumped at the chance.”

Bob Slayer has built up a cult following for his on-stage antics, and is not shy of enjoying the odd pint or two.

He said: “What could be better than stand-up in a brewery? Unlimited beer will definitely make for unlimited laughter.”

He is currently recovering from a neck injury sustained while crowd-surfing in a wheelie bin during a recent performance at Donnington Rock Festival, but added: “Wild horses won’t keep me away from this gig.”

Simon Donald co-created Viz magazine in 1979, which he edited and contributed to for nearly 15 years.

Since 2005, he has gone on to create award-winning character performances.

Jason John Whitehead hails from Nova Scotia, and is a previous winner of the BBC’s New Comedy Award.

He has made the UK his home for the last nine years, and makes numerous appearances at comedy festivals all over the world.

John said: “Hopefully this could become a regular annual event. Tickets are certainly selling fast enough.”

Doors open for Stand Up at the Brewery at 6pm, with tickets (£10) available from or by calling 08432 898 555. The gig is for over-18s only.

Beer is provided by Scottish Borders Brewery, situated at Lanton Mill, and a hog roast courtesy of the Juicy Meat Company.

For more information, call John Henderson on 07802 416 494 or visit