Media release: Josh Howie, former trainee Rabbi, brings cult-edge comedy to Glasgow


JOSH Howie – whose avant-garde, geeky comedy has made him one of Britain’s cult-edge superheroes, both in the UK and around the world – will headline Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate, Glasgow, on Friday 07 July 2017.

Danny O’Brien, a leading young Irish comic, together with the charismatic and uninhibited Glaswegian comedian, Rosco McLelland, will join Josh Howie on the Drygate Brewery stage.

Glasgow-based comedian, Scott Agnew, an extremely talented and entertaining compere, will take charge of the mirth-fuelled evening, keeping both comedians and audience in check.

With his “technical expertise in creating gags” (Chortle), Josh Howie sees comedy as a “necessary function to challenge taboos”. Although he is pretty provocative and loves winding people up, he’s absolutely hilarious, delivering sharply-drawn and intensely personal self-deprecating stories, coupled with a succession of playful and risqué one-liners.

Josh Howie is the son of legendary PR guru, Lynne Franks. He is an ex-public schoolboy, raised as a Buddhist, before living with Native Americans and finally settling down as a trainee Rabbi.

However, he was kicked off the programme for being caught with a naked (non-Jewish) girl.

County Wicklow’s Danny O’Brien has a warm, chatty, anecdotal style that was honed whilst performing in tough Dublin pubs.

Memorable Danny O’Brien moments have included having to physically wrestle a semi-naked man off his stage. Fortunately, for this Irish charmer, he’s very funny and can leave the less salubrious venues behind, instead drawing in an audience and bringing on the big laughs with ease.

As winner of Scottish Comedian of the Year 2016, Rosco Mclelland, has proved himself as a rising star.

He is leading the way in the vanguard of Glaswegian alternative comedy.

Tall, bearded and messily dressed, this rangy comedian, with a gravelly and animated onstage presence, is loud, in-your-face and full of chaotic energy. His naturally humorous delivery and surreal observations of Glasgow’s citizens emit continuous laughter from his audience.

As compere for the evening, 6’5” powerhouse Scott Agnew’s easy-going, laid back delivery and friendly approach to stand-up will lull the Glasgow audience into a false sense of security before he spins yarns of general misadventure, mixing tales of nightlife, gay life and tramp life, that will both shock and have them laughing uncontrollably.

In recent years, Scott has taken the Scottish comedy scene by the scruff of the neck proving that gay comedy doesn’t have to be camp to be funny.

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate brings together the very best craft beer, fearless food for the soul and strong intelligent comedy with a quality blend of up-and-coming comedians and the finest established comics in an intimate comedy club.

Audiences can also enjoy the popular dinner and comedy packages that have the craft beer kitchen and bar – The Vintage at Drygate – take on the role of front of house hosts.


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More on Josh Howie:

Away from stand-up comedy Josh Howie’s CV reads like an accomplished media industry veteran. Not only has Josh worked as a roving reporter for The Studio News, as a writer/presenter on The Indie 500 (both previously on The Studio on NTL), started his own PR firm when he was just 16, received critical acclaim for his writing and direction of a short film for Channel 4, he has also had a number of senior roles at a variety of music video production companies. Howie was also the presenter for the Sky Movies show, ‘The Movie Geek’.

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate

Line-up – Friday 07 July 2017

Scott Agnew – compere, Danny O’Brien, Rosco McLelland and Josh Howie – headliner

Venue: Drygate Brewing Co, 85 Drygate, Glasgow G4 0UT

Date: Friday 07 July 2017

Time: 20:30 – 22:30 (doors open 20:00)

Tickets: £12.50 / £11.50 conc / £10 groups of six-plus

* Pre-show dinner offer – 15 per cent off with valid ticket – must be booked in advance *

Box Office: +44 (0)141 212 8815 / or

In person: Drygate Brewing Co, 85 Drygate, Glasgow G4 0UT

Future Drygate Comedy line-ups

Friday 06 October 2017

Ray Bradshaw – compere

Chris Forbes

Luca Capani

Gary Little – headliner

Friday 03 November 2017

JoJo Sutherland – compere

Funmbi Omatayo

Jamie Dalgleish

Rob Rouse – headliner

Friday 01 December 2017

Scott Agnew – compere

Amy Howerska

Christopher MacArthur Boyd

Scott Gibson – headliner

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