The Stand - Fringe 07

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3rd-26th August
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START TIME - 23:30
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1st August (22:20)
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Larger than life and twice as much fun, Raymond Mearns is one of the most experienced performers in the United Kingdom and beyond - and still one of the hardest working.

Having earned his spurs hosting comedy nights at some of the most improbable venues in the country, Raymond has now hit the big time as a much sought-after compere. He regularly hosts nights at some of the biggest comedy clubs in the UK including The Stand Comedy Club, where he is now one of the resident MC's, the massive Jongleurs chain, The Hyena, The Frog & Bucket and The Glee. In 2005, Raymond was a resident his festival headliner at the very prestigious New York Underground Comedy Festival.

Outside of his hosting duties, his natural rapport with an audience and unerring ability to work a gag have made him one of the most popular solo acts, capable of producing a tightly structured set but with a remarkably free-flowing style. Raymond continues to hone his devastating improvisational skills as one of the founding members of cult musical improve troupe Dance Monkey Boy, Dance which Raymond co-founded in 2004 and which goes from strength to strength.

Raymond's appetite for performing is rivalled only by his appetite for hot pies. Since starting his career in Glasgow's infamous Comedy Cellar (then hosted by one Ed Byrne), Raymond has gobbled up the gigs, including a highly successful tour of the Scottish Highlands in 2002, playing to every type of crowd in every type of venue. The result is that he is now one of the most adaptable of all comedians, as quick with his brain as he is with his tongue and ready to dish out a belly-full of laughs to hungry audiences everywhere.

Following a succession of sell out one-man shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival , Raymond has made a smooth transition onto the airwaves as a regular contributor to the Fred MacAulay Show (BBC Radio). Additionally Raymond adopted a number of guises on the Live Floor Show , (BBC1) throughout 2002-3. During 2005-6 Raymond has appeared on shows as diverse as John Thompson Stands Up for Comedy (Sky/Bravo) and The Smith Lectures (BBC Radio 2).

A successful actor to boot, Raymond has worked twice with legendary director Ken Loach ( Aye Fond Kiss and the upcoming These Times ), has appeared in ITV's Rebus and can shortly be seen as Happy Boab in BBC Scotland's new comedy Legit.

Whether appearing as a comedian or an actor, Mearns always delivers a first rate performance.


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