H is for Hilarious as Des looks at the funny side of Scottish life

Des McLean
Des McLean

Comedian Des McLean brings his A to Z of Scotland tour to Motherwell Theatre on Saturday and is delighted the show can go back to being fun.

Des is pictured on the promotional posters dressed as ‘Braveheart’ and was stunned when this attracted some unwanted attention.

He said: “When I started the tour there was no problem, April, May and June were fine, but as the referendum neared suddenly it was a controversial show.

“I was accused of promoting the Yes campaign, but that was never the intention I just thought me being in the full ‘William Wallace’ gear was an amusing image, so I’m glad the referendum is now over and everyone can just have some fun again.”

Des says the idea for the show actually came from some English friends who reminded him the eyes of the world are on Scotland in 2014.

He said: “They asked what I was doing for 2014 and I didn’t know what they meant.

“They reminded me about the Commonwealth Games, the anniversary of Bannockburn, the referendum and the Ryder Cup so I thought maybe I should write a show.

“I wondered what to do and hit upon the idea of a Scottish A-Z, although some letters proved trickier than others.

“The show has evolved during the tour as how can you not mention things like Usain Bolt slagging Glasgow, that woman on incapacity benefit dancing as a Tunnock’s Teacake and the referendum result.”

While this tour is confined to Scotland, Des is confident it would also play well abroad.

He said: “The show’s pretty timeless and should the opportunity arise I’m sure audiences in the likes of Canada and Australia would enjoy it with their strong ties here.”

The show starts at 8pm and tickets costing £14 (£13) are available by calling the box office on 01698 403120 or visiting NLC entertainment

A to Z of Scotland is also out now on DVD.