The organisers of a new comedy night in Dumbarton are making it their mission to bring some of the best stand-up acts in Scotland to the community’s doorstep.

The Rock Comedy Club is the brainchild of Balloch husband and wife team Jordan and Bianca Brownlee and their friend and comedian Gary Black from Dumbarton.

Frustrated by a lack of entertainment in the area at night and the need to travel into Glasgow to satisfy their thirst for stand-up, they decided to take matters into their own hands this year.

Their major stumbling block was finding a suitable venue, however, a chat between long-time season ticket holder Jordan and Dumbarton FC’s commercial director soon resolved that issue.

The trio have now held two nights at Bar 72 at the club’s stadium, attracting top talent such as former Scottish comedian of the year John Gavin and Rosco McLelland, and Susie McCabe who recently took the ‘Best Headliner’ and ‘Best Festival Show’ gongs at the Scottish comedy awards.

Their next show on August 23 will be headlined by Scots Squad star Chris Forbes, who has supported Kevin Bridges on tour, while further shows in the coming months will feature the likes of Liam Withnail, who was nominated for best comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe last year.

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Jordan told the Reporter: “The first night we sold about 55 tickets, but by the second night last week we had 160 people. Word of mouth has picked up and it seems to be really popular. People have been quite surprised about the calibre of comedians.

“Susie has been down at Dumbarton before at a dinner run by the football club, so when we contacted her she said she really enjoyed the venue and it was a good crowd, so she was more than happy to come down.

“She was headlining at the Stand in Glasgow on the same night and if acts are performing there or at the Rotunda then they can come down to Dumbarton and do the early slot. So we are basically able to get the headline acts you see at the Stand to come down.

“At first the onus was on me to contact comedians, but now because of social media and comedians recommending it to others, a lot are contacting us who are quite interested in performing, so that’s really encouraging."

The plan is to hold the comedy club on the last Friday of every month with a further four nights already organised between now and November.

And as well as supplying an evening of top entertainment, Jordan insists the main aim of these nights is to bring people together and support the local community.

He added: “We are not a big fancy entertainment company, we are just big comedy fans.

“It’s a not for profit organisation. Dumbarton FC will make money from the hall hire and the bar sales, but the comedians are paid out of ticket sales and any money we make will go to getting bigger acts to come down or at the end of the year we will make a donation to a local charity.

“One guy who came along to a show had just moved up to Dumbarton from London and he said it was great to have this locally because he was new to the area and it was a social night and a chance to meet people, which is excellent.

“The football club are quite keen to support it as well, as they are really keen to work a lot more closely with the community and see the benefit of getting people down to club who wouldn’t normally associate with it.

“It’s just an all inclusive night and everyone is welcome.”

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