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Comic duo to Bank on.

Byline: By Gordon Barr

The Laughing Gas audience at the Magnesia Bank get the double bill they have been waiting for this Sunday when Vladimir McTavish and Bob Doolally take to the stage for what promises to be a riotous night.

Vladimir McTavish - once described as resembling a bleach-blond terrier with the bark of a pit bull - has gained a reputation as a consistently inventive and entertaining performer on the stand-up circuit on both sides of the border.

While his unique Scottish wit has made him immensely popular on home territory, he also appears regularly at most major London clubs, all the leading out-of-town venues in England and at student unions throughout the UK. He has also entertained audiences in Ireland, Holland and Norway.

Vladimir made his sixth visit to the Edinburgh Fringe last year, where he headlined at the sell-out Best of Scottish Comedy. He has previously starred in Channel 4's Club Class, Tyne Tees's Running Gags and various other TV and radio shows.

Bob "The Gob" Doolally is now recognised as one of the most original and unique character comedy acts in Britain.

A retired football manager and ex-player who now hacks out a living as an after-dinner speaker and third-rate media pundit, Bob has been lauded by both the public and the Press.

Bob has appeared in four sell-out Edinburgh Fringe shows and numerous radio and TV shows, including Channel 4's Under The Moon and Radio 5's live coverage of the 1998 World Cup. This was followed by the critical and box office success of Bob Doolally" A Life in Football in 2001 and 101 Great Moments in Scottish Sport.

Both Vladimir and Bob are, of course, comic creations of Paul Sneddon, one of the co-founders of the Newcastle Comedy Festival.

Two weeks ago the "full house" sign went up before 8.30pm at the Maggie when Jim Jeffries was on, so punters are advised not to leave it too late this Sunday. There is no Laughing Gas on May 25 because of the pub's annual blues festival.

Admission pounds 5, including nibbles. Doors open 8pm for 8.30pm.

AUSSIE star Clive James is at Durham's Gala Theatre this Sunday.

The Gala will host the humorist, writer and TV critic's acerbic commentary on life.

With more than 30 years in the entertainment industry, Clive is best-known for his TV appearances and the many books he has written. This is a chance to taste his trademark caustic wit live. Tickets are pounds 15. For availability, ring (0191) 332 4041.

STEVE Hughes, Ian Moore and MC Lewis Schaffer are at the Hyena Cafe in Newcastle tonight and tomorrow.

Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets for tonight are pounds 8.50 (pounds 7.50 in advance) and pounds 9.50 tomorrow (pounds 8.50 in advance).

GORDON BARR

GOOD HUMOUR Bob Doolally and Vladimir McTavish and, right, Clive James
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 16, 2003
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