Breakneck Comedy Club: Bill Dewar plus Guests
“Original, different and highly entertaining” The Scotsman
Bill Dewar co-founder of the Stand Comedy Club began performing stand up comedy in 1993 whilst at Stirling University on an OU summer school. The next gigs were to be in ’94, at the Comedy Stop in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. Concurrently, Bill entered and reached the semi finals in both the BBC Open Mic’ award and the Gilded Balloon’s “So You Think You’re Funny?”
Bill played at The Comedy Stop on a fortnightly basis until his involvement as a co-founder of The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh in early ’95. Bill won the Paisley Arts Festival competition “Do You Think You’re Funny?” in June ’95 and went on to support Harry Hill in Paisley. 1995 also saw Bill’s first performances at the Edinburgh Fringe (at The Stand) and The Gilded Balloon.
In early ’98 Bill and fellow stand up Brian Hennigan developed the idea of a sketch based fringe show, revolving around the history and culture of Scotland. After much debate, and fervent last-minute rewrites, the show was christened The Useless Guide to Scotland. It went on to sell out for the majority of it’s fringe runs in ’98,’99, ’00 and ’01 as well as touring all over Scotland. The show received a significant number of good reviews and was considered by BBC Scotland for development. The show was featured in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV show ‘Correspondent’ (Scottish Devolution special) and on Radio 4, Talk Radio, Radio Scotland (Brian Morton show & Fred MacAulay show), Scot FM, as well as BBC Scotland’s (TV) ‘Beat Room’
Also in 1998 Bill developed the World of Comedy Quiz Show which played every week at The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh for two years. In 2001, Bill began to scale down his appearances due to work commitments outside the comedy industry. Having recently departed from his job, Bill began to write new material and perform more widely again. He can be seen at a wide variety of venues across Scotland and the North of England. Bill has notched up around 700+ appearances so far.