Have MAD laughs for a good cause

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One or two extra shows have been inserted into the hectic MAD calendar at Monifieth Theatre over the next few weeks.

There will be two nights of comedy at the beginning of May with the proceeds from one of the shows going to the Monifieth Theatre Appeal.

On Friday, May 9, ‘Was It Something We Said?’ will take to the stage with a host of comedy sketches, stand-up comedy, impressions and music.

The first act features siblings Jill and Fraser Baxter and Mick Watson, all three have been honing their comic talents at the Edinburgh fringe for over 10 years.

After years perfecting the act, Sean Dowling will bring to the stage in the second act his Billy Connolly tribute, ‘The Other Big Yin’.

This will be his first full-length show with the act which he has performed at comedy gigs across Scotland.

Sean has been a member of MAD since 2006 and has been heavily involved in Monifieth Youth Theatre.

‘The Other Big Yin’ captures the essence of Billy Connolly and Sean goes to extraordinary lengths to play the part, even growing and dying his facial hair!

He said: “It started back in 2009 just as a Hallowe’en costume. I’d been doing the Billy Connolly voice for a few years prior to this, but it was at Halloween that I decided to do the full costume.

“After that, I did a turn at the Hogmanay party at the MADhouse and it just took off from there.

“I never imagined I would actually perform as a tribute act to the real Big Yin but it’s been amazing fun. I’ve performed at the Edinburgh Festival, a number of working men’s clubs in Glasgow and Edinburgh and also at charity fund-raising events across Scotland.

“It’s great being able to introduce new generations to Billy Connolly as well as reacquainting those more familiar with his work.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. with curtains up at 7.30 p.m., tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for concessions.

The show is not suitable for children under 13 and those 13 and over must be accompanied by an adult.