Category:Scottish male comedians
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1. Alan Cumming – Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish and American actor, singer/performer, author, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist, the lead in Bent, on Broadway, he has appeared in The Threepenny Opera, as the master of ceremonies in Cabaret, Design for Living and a one-man adaptation of Macbeth. His best-known film roles include his performances in Emma, GoldenEye, the Spy Kids trilogy, Son of the Mask, a filming of his Las Vegas cabaret show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, aired on PBS stations in November 2016. He has also contributed pieces to many publications and performed a cabaret show. Cumming was born in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, the son of mother Mary Darling, a company secretary, and of father, Alex Cumming. Brought up in Angus, Cumming attended Monikie Primary School and Carnoustie High School, Cumming grew up on a country estate called Panmure Estate near Carnoustie on the east coast of Scotland. He describes the environment as feudal and he has a brother, Tom, who is six years older, and a niece and two nephews. His brother is a property manager who lives in Southampton, England, in his autobiography Not My Fathers Son, Cumming describes emotional and physical violence his father inflicted on him in childhood. His mother found it impossible to obtain a divorce until she was financially independent, Cumming said that after he reached his early 20s, he did not have any communication with his father until just before the filming of his episode of the series Who Do You Think You Are. He then found out that his father had believed that Cumming is not his biological son, later, Cumming and his brother took DNA tests that proved they were indeed his biological children. Cumming said that his difficult childhood taught him how to act by needing to suppress my own emotions, Cumming made his film debut in Gillies MacKinnons Passing Glory in 1986. American audiences first saw him playing the oleaginous Sean Walsh, a suitor of Minnie Drivers character, in Circle of Friends. Also in 1995 he played Boris Ivanovich Grishenko in the James Bond film GoldenEye, in 1996, he had a success as the Revd Mr Elton in Emma. His first film in the United States was 1997s Romy and Micheles High School Reunion, playing Sandy Frink opposite Lisa Kudrow, Cumming co-wrote, co-directed, co-produced, and co-starred in the ensemble film The Anniversary Party with friend and former Cabaret co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh, in 2001. The two starred in the film as a Hollywood couple, the film premiered at Cannes and garnered two Independent Spirit nominations and a National Board of Review award. He went on to star in and direct Suffering Mans Charity later released as Ghost Writer and he had prominent roles in the Spy Kids trilogy, X2, Stanley Kubricks Eyes Wide Shut and played Saturninus in the 1999 Julie Taymor film production of Titus. Earlier in his career, Cumming also directed two films, Butter and Burn Your Phone. The latter began its life as a drama on BBC Radio 4
2. Harry Lauder – Sir Henry Harry Lauder was a Scottish music hall and vaudeville theatre singer and comedian, and a substantial landowner. He was perhaps best known for his long-standing hit I Love a Lassie and he was described by Sir Winston Churchill as Scotlands greatest ever ambassador. He became a worldwide figure promoting images like the kilt. Other songs followed, including Roamin in the Gloamin, A Wee Deoch-an-Doris, by 1911, Lauder had become the highest-paid performer in the world, and was the first Scottish artist to sell a million records. He raised vast amounts of money for the war effort during World War I and he went into semi-retirement in the mid-1930s, but briefly emerged to entertain troops in World War II. By the late-1940s he was suffering from periods of ill-health. John Lauder, was a descendent of the barons, the Lauders of the Bass. Lauders father moved to Newbold, Derbyshire in early 1882 to take up a job designing china, upon his death, Isabella, left short of money, moved the family to Arbroath. Education beyond the age of 11 then requiring payment, Harry worked part-time at the flax mill to fund that. On 19 June 1891, at age 21, Lauder married Ann, daughter of James Vallance, Lauder often sang to the miners in Hamilton who encouraged him to perform in local music halls. While singing in nearby Larkhall, he received 5 shillings—the first time he was paid for singing and he received further engagements including a weekly go-as-you please night held by Mrs. Christina Baylis at her Scotia Music Hall/Metropole Theatre in Glasgow. She advised him to experience by touring music halls around the country with a concert party. The tour allowed him to quit the coal mines and become a professional singer, Lauder concentrated his repertoire on comedic routines and songs of Scotland and Ireland. By 1894 he had turned professional and performed local characterisations at small, Scottish and northern English music halls, but had ceased the repertoire by 1900. In March of that year, Lauder travelled to London and reduced the heavy dialect of his act which according to a biographer, Dave Russell and it was during this time that he became a Freemason. He was initiated on 28 January 1897 in Lodge Dramatic, No.571 and he remained an active Freemason for the rest of his adult life. Lauder then made a switch from music hall to variety theatre, the following year, he performed a private show before Edward VII at Sandringham, and in 1911, he again toured the United States where he commanded $1,000 a night. In 1912, he was top of the bill at Britains first ever Royal Command Performance, in front of King George V, during the First World War Lauder promoted recruitment into the services and starred in many concerts for troops at home and on the western front
3. Johnny Beattie – Johnny Beattie MBE, is a Scottish actor and stand-up comedian whose career has spanned for over five decades. He became known in the 1960s for Johnny Beatties Saturday Night Show and he appeared on other shows including the sketch show Scotch & Wry and the sitcom Rab C. Nesbitt, and more recently moved into playing more dramatic roles, Beattie was born in Govan, Glasgow on 9 November 1926 into a working class family. He grew up in Govan alongside his older brother Frank and younger sisters Mary, Beattie left school at sixteen to start an apprenticeship and became involved with amateur dramatics, and by the mid-1950s he had become a stand-up comedian. Beattie starred in his own sketch show Johnny Beatties Saturday Night Show, the show ran on BBC One from January 1964 to February 1970, and received high critical acclaim from television critics. Beattie would often appear as Glaikit OToole in other sketches. Beattie recalls his most renowned moment on the show as when he was made to Take a long drop off a short pier, which each of the participants had to compete in. Beattie went on to appear on Rikki Fultons sketch show Scotch & Wry, at one point appearing as his alter ego Glaikit OToole, while on the set of Scotch & Wry, Beattie also encountered actor Gregor Fisher. Beattie later went on to co-star alongside Fisher in the 1990s sitcom Rab C, nesbitt, in which Fisher played the title character and Beattie made infrequent appearances as Nesbitts father Baz. In 1990, Beattie starred in The Big Man alongside Billy Connolly, Beattie also had a couple of local hit records with Scotch on the Rocks and The Glasgow Rap. He was cast as Malcolm Hamilton in the Scottish soap opera River City, hefilmed his last scenes for the show in April 2015 having announced his retirement after more than 60 years. He is the Honorary President of the Scottish Music Hall Society, Beattie married Kitty Lamont in 1950. They had two daughters, Maureen and Louise, who are actresses, and two sons Paul and Mark. Beattie and Lamont separated in 1982, and she died in 1994, on 9 November 2006, Beattie celebrated his 80th birthday in Glasgow. Beattie was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in Queen Elizabeth IIs 2007 New Year Honours list and he received the 1981 Benno Schotz award as T. V. He also received the Lord Provosts Performing Arts Award in 1993
4. Robbie Coltrane – Robbie Coltrane, OBE is a Scottish actor and author. He has a sister, Annie, and a younger sister. Coltrane is the great-grandson of Scottish businessman Thomas W. Howie and he was educated at Glenalmond College, an independent school in Perthshire, from which he was nearly expelled after hanging the prefects gowns from the school clocktower. Though he later described his experiences there as deeply unhappy, he played for the rugby First XV, was head of the debating society. Coltrane moved into acting in his twenties, taking the stage name Coltrane and working in theatre. I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee, on television, he also appeared in The Young Ones, Tutti Frutti, as Samuel Johnson in Blackadder, and in a number of stand-up and sketch comedy shows. He played the part of Falstaff in Kenneth Branaghs Henry V He co-starred with Eric Idle in Nuns on the Run and he also played a would-be private detective obsessed with Humphrey Bogart in the TV play The Bogie Man. His roles continued in the 1990s with the TV series Cracker, the role won him three BAFTA awards. Roles in bigger films followed, the James Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough, there is also an unnamed 8ft actor who stands in for the 6ft 1in Coltrane in some scenes. Coltrane has also presented a number of programmes for the British ITV network based around his twin passions for travel. In these programmes he dismantled and rebuilt several engines and he also single-handedly removed the engine from a Trabant car in 23 minutes. In August 2007, Coltrane presented a series for ITV called B-Road Britain, in which he travelled from London to Glasgow, stopping in towns, Coltrane married Rhona Gemmell on 11 December 1999. The couple have two children, son Spencer, and daughter Alice, won Evening Standard British Film Award – Peter Sellers Award for Comedy 1990. He was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year Honours for his services to drama, in 2011 was honoured for his outstanding contribution to film as the British Academy Scotland Awards. Robbie Coltrane at the Internet Movie Database Robbie Coltrane biography and credits at the British Film Institutes Screenonline
5. Billy Connolly – William Billy Connolly, CBE is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor. He is sometimes known, especially in his native Scotland, by the nickname The Big Yin, in the early 1970s, he made the transition from folk- singer with a comedic persona to fully fledged comedian. Best known to many as a comedian, he appears in several lists of the greatest comedians ever. Connollys paternal grandfather, whom, like his grandmother, he never met, was an Irish immigrant who left Ireland when he was ten years old. His great-great-great and great-great grandfathers were from Connemara, Connollys mothers family came from the west coast of Scotland. His maternal grandparents moved inland to Finnieston Street, Glasgow, in the early 1900s and his maternal great-great-great-grandfather, John OBrien, fought at the Siege of Lucknow during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. He was wounded during the siege by a severe gunshot to the left shoulder. He married a local 13-year-old Indian girl called Matilda and they had four children and settled in Bangalore after his military service. Connolly was born at 69 Dover Street, on the linoleum, three floors up at six oclock in the evening, in Anderston, Glasgow, to William and this section of Dover Street, between Breadalbane and Claremont Streets, was demolished in the 1970s. Connolly refers to this in his 1983 song I Wish I Was in Glasgow with the lines I would take you there and show you but theyve pulled the building down and They bulldozed it all to make a road. The flat had only two rooms, a room, with a recess where the children slept, and another room for their parents. The family bathed in the sink, and there was no hot water. In 1946, when he was four years old, Connollys mother abandoned her children while their father was serving as an engineer in the Royal Air Force in Burma. Ive never felt abandoned by her, Connolly explained in 2009 and my father was in Burma, fighting a bloody war. The Germans were dropping all kinds of crap on the town and we lived at the docks, so thats where all the bombs were happening. She was a teenager, with two kids, in a slum, a guy comes along and says, I love you. Given the choice, I think Id have gone with him and it looks as though it might all end next Wednesday, from where youre standing. I dont have an ounce of feelings that she abandoned me, Connolly and his older sister, Florence, were cared for by two aunts, Margaret and Mona Connolly, his fathers sisters, in their cramped tenement in Stewartville Street, Partick
6. Ronnie Corbett – He achieved prominence in David Frosts 1960s satirical comedy programme The Frost Report and subsequently starred in sitcoms such as No – Thats Me Over Here. Corbett was born in Edinburgh, the son of William Balfour Corbett, a master baker and he had a brother about six years younger, and a sister about ten years younger than him. Corbett was educated at James Gillespies High School and the Royal High School in the city, after leaving school, he decided he wanted to be an actor while performing in amateur theatricals at a church youth club. His first job, however, was with the Ministry of Agriculture, Corbett served his compulsory national service with the Royal Air Force, during which he was the shortest in height commissioned officer in the British Forces. A former aircraftman 2nd class, he was commissioned into the branch of the RAF as a pilot officer on 25 May 1950. He received the service number 2446942 and he transferred to the reserve on 28 October 1951, thereby ending his period of active service. He was promoted to flying officer on 6 September 1952, following national service, Corbett moved to London to start his acting career. At 5 ft 1 in tall, Corbett was suited to playing roles younger than his years, references to his height frequently cropped up in his self-deprecating humour. In one of his earliest stage appearances, he was billed as Ronald Corbett at Cromer in Take it Easy in 1956 and he appeared in Crackerjack as a regular in its early days, one episode with Winifred Atwell. He had a walk-on in an episode of the 1960s series The Saint and appeared in films including Youre Only Young Twice. Casino Royale, Some Will, Some Wont and the version of the farce No Sex Please. Corbett starred in the first London production of the musical The Boys from Syracuse in 1963 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in 1965 he was in cabaret at Winstons, Danny La Rues Mayfair nightclub. David Frost saw him and asked him to appear in The Frost Report, Corbett was in the West End, playing Will Scarlett in Lionel Barts Robin Hood musical Twang. It failed, leaving Corbett free to accept and it was while working at Danny La Rues nightclub that Corbett met Anne Hart, who he was to marry that year. The marriage lasted 49 years, until he died, Corbett first worked with Ronnie Barker in The Frost Report. The writers and cast were mostly Oxbridge graduates from the Footlights tradition, Corbett said he and Barker were drawn together as two grammar school boys who had not gone to university. The show was a mixture of monologues, sketches and music. Corbett and Barker were beginning to be thought of as a pair and they appeared with John Cleese in one of the most repeated comedy sketches in British television, the Class sketch
7. Ivor Cutler – Ivor Cutler was a Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist. He became known for his performances on BBC radio, and in particular his numerous sessions recorded for John Peels influential radio programme. He appeared in The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour film in 1967, Cutler also wrote books for children and adults and was a teacher at A. S. Neills Summerhill School and for 30 years in inner-city schools in London. He told Andy Kershaw on his show that he also gave private poetry lessons to individuals. In live performances Cutler would often accompany himself on a harmonium, Phyllis King appears on several of his records, and for several years was a part of his concerts. She usually read small phrases but also read a few short stories, the two starred in a BBC radio series, King Cutler, in which they performed their material jointly and singly. Cutler also collaborated with pianist Neil Ardley and singer Robert Wyatt, Ivor Cutler was born in Govan, Glasgow into a middle-class Jewish family of Eastern European descent. His father Jack Moris Cutler was a jeweller and had premises at 85 Queen Street. In 1939 Cutler was evacuated to Annan and he joined the Royal Air Force as a navigator in 1942 but was soon grounded for dreaminess and worked as a storeman. He moved to London where he was employed by the Inner London Education Authority to teach music, dance, drama and poetry to 7- to 11-year-olds. Cutlers deeply held views on humanity meant he disliked corporal punishment and on leaving a job he held in the 1950s he cut up his tawse. In the film, Cutler plays bus conductor Buster Bloodvessel, who becomes attracted to Ringo Starrs Aunt Jessie. The LP, taking inspiration from jazz and boogie-woogie, sees Cutler playing the piano as well as his usual harmonium. After its release Cutler continued to perform for BBC radio, recording the first of his sessions for John Peel in 1969. The collaboration with Wyatt led to Cutler being signed to Wyatts record label Virgin Records, each of these discs intersperses Cutlers poems and songs with readings by his performing companion Phyllis King. Cutler also produced the work as a book, which was published in 1984 with illustrations by Martin Honeysett, Cutler contributed the track Brooch Boat to the cult 1980 album Miniatures, produced and edited by Morgan Fisher, which consisted entirely of one-minute-long recordings. In the 1980s, Rough Trade Records released three LPs—Privilege, Prince Ivor and Gruts, Cutler also released the single Women of the World, recorded with Linda Hirst, through the label in 1983. In the 1990s, Creation Records released two new volumes of poems and spoken word work, A Wet Handle and A Flat Man, in his career, books for children and poetry were an important part of his output
8. James Finlayson (actor) – James Finlayson was a Scottish actor who worked in both silent and sound comedies. Born in Larbert, Stirlingshire, Scotland to Alexander and Isabella Finlayson, after the death of both his parents, he emigrated to the U. S. in 1911 at the age of 24 with his brother Robert. He married Emily Cora Gilbert, an American citizen from Iowa, in 1919, as part of John Clydes company, he played the part of Jamie Ratcliffe in Jeanie Deans at the Theatre Royal in Edinburgh in 1910. The remarkable thing is that he managed to do both at the same time. Arriving in Los Angeles in 1916, he work at L-KO. In October 1919, he signed a contract with the Mack Sennett Comedies Corporation and he starred in numerous Sennett-produced comedies, most notably as one of the original Keystone Kops. As a freelance actor late in his career, he made some of his films in the UK. He played bit parts in such as Foreign Correspondent, To Be or Not to Be. However, Finlayson is most remembered for his work at the Hal Roach Studios, in the mid-1920s, Roach attempted to make a top-billed star out of Finlayson, but the effort was unfocused and he never caught on. Yet so memorable an antagonist was he to The Boys that even with his diminished billing, altogether, Finlayson played roles in 33 Laurel and Hardy films, usually as a villain or an antagonist, notably in the celebrated films Big Business and Way Out West. He also starred alongside Stan Laurel in 19 films and opposite Oliver Hardy in five films before Laurel and he appeared in dozens of Roach Studio films, with Charley Chase, Glenn Tryon, Snub Pollard, and Ben Turpin. He was also in several Our Gang shorts, notably Mush and Milk, in which he, english actress Stephanie Insall and Finlayson regularly took breakfast together and had for the past 20 years. However, on the morning of 13 July 1953, Finlayson did not turn up at the usual time, knowing that he had been ill from flu recently, Miss Insall went to his home where she discovered his body. Finlayson had died of a heart attack, the California Death Index lists that James Henderson Finlayson, b.27 Aug 1887, died 9 Oct 1953, Los Angeles Co, the death date and death location in the article are incorrect. The California Death Index can be viewed at ancestry. com or rootsweb. com, also, his memorial at findagrave. com has the correct death info. One of Finlaysons trademarks was a drawn out dohhhhhhh, Finlayson had used the term as a minced oath to stand in for the word Damn. This would later inspire Dan Castellaneta, the actor of Homer Simpson. During the voice recording session for a Tracey Ullman Show short and he rendered it as a drawn out dohhhhhhh
9. Frankie Boyle – Francis Martin Patrick Boyle is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour. Boyle was born and raised in Glasgow to Irish parents from the Crolly area of County Donegal and he attended Holyrood Secondary school in Glasgow. After leaving school, he worked as a library assistant over the summer and he then studied Urban Planning at Aston University for a year before leaving and beginning a BA in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He graduated from university aged 22 and his first job was working in a Mental Health Hospital and he then went to a teacher training college in Edinburgh and had placements in schools, but by then he was already performing as a stand up comedian. Boyle was a regular on the BBC panel show Mock the Week from its first episode on 5 June 2005 until 17 September 2009 and he is known for his morbid sense of humour, which plays on negative images of celebrities, politicians, and society. On 2 October 2009, Boyle announced via the Mock the Weeks Facebook fan page that he was leaving the show to concentrate on other projects, Boyle has since criticised both the shows production team and the BBC Trust. He claims that the show did not cover enough major news stories, and was too restrictive on his comedy act because the producers. In October 2009, Boyle piloted a sketch and stand-up show for Channel 4, entitled Deal with This, an official page launched via Channel 4s official website, which confirmed that the shows full name is Frankie Boyles Tramadol Nights and the series was made up of six episodes. Boyle caused controversy on the show with his comments about Katie Price and Dwight Yorkes disabled son HarveyTemplate, Https, //www. ofcom. org. uk/ data/assets/pdf file/0028/46729/obb179. After the pilot was recorded, it was announced on 30 January 2012 that Channel 4 had chosen not to commission the series, nor were there any plans to commission a second series of Tramadol Nights. The pilot episode was included as a feature on the DVD release of Frankies third stand up tour, The Last Days of Sodom and featured guests Jack Whitehall. In 2014, it was released in its entirety on Boyles YouTube channel, the Boyle Variety Performance was broadcast on 19 August 2012 and featured Boyle with guests Rob Delaney, Nick Helm, Katherine Ryan and Tom Stade. A few days after the show was broadcast, Boyle attracted criticism after he posted jokes on Twitter about the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Frankie Boyles Referendum Autopsy was released on 28 September 2014, and Frankie Boyles Election Autopsy was released on 17 May 2015, through BBC iPlayer. Featuring guests Katherine Ryan and Sara Pascoe, Boyle dissected the Scottish independence referendum,2014, Frankie comically analyzes the buildup and fallout of the United States presidential election, tackling topics such as feminism, entertainment, propaganda, and guns. Special guests include Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Michelle Wolf, Desiree Burch, a sitcom set in a small regional theatre starring David Mitchell as a happy-go-lucky writer with writers block written by Frankie Boyle and Steven Dick, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 5 June 2014. On 1 October 2009, Boyles autobiography My Shit Life So Far was released, published by HarperCollins, die. was released in October 2011. Boyles third book, Scotlands Jesus, The Only Officially Non-racist Comedian, was released in the UK on 24 October 2013, in October 2007 Boyle embarked on a stand-up tour of Britain, playing over 100 dates and enjoying a sold-out run that was extended through until December 2008. Boyle said that he planned to quit stand-up before he turned 40, had written his final tour, Boyle performed the tour, entitled I Would Happily Punch Every One of You in the Face between March and December 2010
10. Rory Bremner – Roderick Keith Ogilvy Rory Bremner, FKC is a Scottish impressionist and comedian, noted for his work in political satire and impressions of British public figures. He is also known for his work on Mock the Week as a panellist, award-winning show Rory Bremner. Who Else. and sketch comedy series Bremner, Bird, Bremner was born in Edinburgh, the son of Major Donald Stuart Ogilvy Bremner and his second wife Ann Simpson. He has a brother and an older half-sister. Bremner was educated at Clifton Hall School and Wellington College, and then studied Modern Languages at Kings College London, graduating with a degree in French and German in 1984. In 2009, Bremner was the subject of the series Who Do You Think You Are. in a quest to research about his father and his father had served in the 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment during the Second World War and was often away from home. Bremner travelled to s-Hertogenbosch, the Dutch city liberated by the East Lancs, while at university, he worked on the cabaret circuit in the evenings and was also active in a student drama club. He first came into the limelight in 1985, when his single, Bremner contributed to And Theres More, Spitting Image, and Week Ending, and by 1987 he had his own BBC2 show, Now – Something Else. He later moved to Channel 4 with Rory Bremner, Who Else. where his output became more satirical, having teamed up with veterans John Bird and John Fortune, he hosted Bremner, Bird and Fortune, which won numerous awards. Occasional one-off specials were shown, with Bremner impersonating Tony Blair, Gordon Brown. Bremner now regularly performs on Sunday AM, impersonating politicians, with a review of recent political events and he has also presented a BBC Radio 4 series, Rory Bremners International Satirists, in which he talks to comedians and impressionists from other European countries. In September 2009, he presented a BBC Four documentary, Rory Bremner, in the run-up to the 2010 UK General Election, he performed a 20-date Election Battlebus Tour, his first stand-up comedy tour in five years. Bremner has translated three operas into English, Der Silbersee by Kurt Weill, Carmen by Georges Bizet, one of the plays—the short comedy of manners A Respectable Wedding—was newly translated by Bremner, who also penned the title to the series. Bremner took part in the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing and his dance partner in the series was Erin Boag and they were eliminated 3rd, on 23 October 2011. In 2012, Bremner appeared on the BBC Four programme, The Story of Light Entertainment, in January 2013, he began hosting a new Channel 4 quiz show, Face the Clock. In 2013, Bremner presented Rory Goes to Holyrood, a show for BBC Scotland that takes a satirical look at Scottish politics. The programme was announced in March 2013, with plans for it to be aired later in the year, in a BBC press release for the show, Bremner spoke of his reasons for recording the programme. Coming back to Scotland in the run-up to the Referendum, I realised I knew almost nothing about Scottish Politics, and why is there so little political comedy in Scotland outside the Parliament. Time to make sense of it all, the programme featured Bremner presenting a one-off stand-up routine at Edinburghs Assembly Hall, airing on 13 June 2013