CITYSA STAND UP COMEDY HOUR
Written by Chloe Ruddiman and Alex Docherty, HND Practical Journalism
CitySA held an hour long stand-up comedy event to raise money for the Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH).
This is the first time CitySA has held a Comedy event. Student President, Ian Gilmour said: “When we did our big Student Experience Consultation, they asked for more fun events and one of the suggestions was a comedy lunch time. Students have asked for it and we have given them something they wanted. Those who came along were really pleased with it.”
Chris Ross, an Events Management student here at City and amateur comedian was the first to take the stage. Gilmour said: “Chris who was performing, has been working with us a few times this year. I have known about him being a comic and he has very generously given us tickets throughout the year to give away in raffles. He has been really keen to do some comedy in the college, so we had to get him involved."
Ross’ set was based on his experience at the college, particularly within the new City Campus building. He introduced himself as an “immature” student, and from toilet humour to alcoholism, his act catered for both young and mature students. Ross went into great detail about the frustration he has faced due to a lack of toilet brushes in cubicles. He also spoke about the ridiculously long queues for lifts when the campus first opened. Gilmour said: “It is actually a really good information gathering exercise for us. We put out all these questionnaires and surveys but we could actually just hold an open mic for students to come along and tell us about their college experience."
Events Management student and amateur comedian Chris Ross
The audience enjoyed Ross’ conjured up conspiracies to explain the missing toilet brushes. These included a kleptomaniac cleaner hoarding all the toilet brushes and using them as part of a fantasy game with GI Joes.
Ross then introduced Raymond Mearns, a comedian sourced from the line-up of the Glasgow Comedy Festival 2017.
Mearns stumbled onto the stage in almost a drunken manner with a makeshift pint – a glass of water – similar to Al Murray’s signature openings. He begins his set first swinging his “pint” round and then places it onto a nearby table to use his hands to his full advantage; wild gestures to accompany his jokes.
Whilst Ross cracked us up by telling a few jokes without going deep into stories, Mearns delved into carefully selected life experiences to provoke immense laughter from the audience.
Mearns went straight into heckling the audience by picking on the Cabin Crew students and tied their career path into his fear of flying; his phobia reaching the extent of never missing an episode of Air Crash Investigation. He then voiced his annoyance of how it is frowned upon nowadays to board planes “mad wi it”. This blossomed into a story of when he once travelled to New York via Amsterdam and lost his bags which led to a couple days of prioritising getting drunk over personal hygiene. After being presented with a massive book of similar looking abandoned bags - or the “bible of bags” as he called it - he spent the next few days looking rough and smelling worse.
Scottish actor and comedian Raymond Mearns
Another highlight of his set was when he talked about the difficulties of raising children. Recently, he watched a program that raised the fact millions of children suffer with allergies. This resonated with him as he thought back to when he was younger where allergies were practically non-existent. He reminisced when as a kid, everyone used to live in flats with shared bins. The bins became treasure troves with children raking them to find bits of Lego and other not-so-valuable possessions.
“I built up a resistance to all these allergies from raking Easterhouse flats’ bins." – Raymond Mearns
He then ranted about his resentment of working. A favourite joke of mine was when he told us about his day job of selling phones… over the phone. He realised early on it wouldn’t be the easiest job considering all of his potential customers he reached out to, already clearly owned phones. However, whenever phones rang through to voicemail, Mearns was struck with a glimmer of hope thinking; ‘OH they must not have a phone!’ Then he returned to misery as he was hit with the realisation again that this was impossible.
The jokes shared at the comedy event consisted of a variety of inspirations from City of Glasgow College itself to Glasgow’s most appealing traits; alcoholism, heart failure and inevitable misery. Both Ross and Mearns delivered professional sets to an inviting audience with their effortless style, witty repartee and enthusiasm never failing to entertain their spectators.
So far CitySA have raised a total of £179.67 for SAMH this year.