Comedian Des Clarke sets date in Stranraer

Des Clarke
Des Clarke

Award-winning Scottish comedian, Des Clarke, has announced details for his first stand-up tour in five years – with a date in Stranraer.

The 11-date run will kick off in Glasgow on the 28th March and finish in Dunkeld on 5th June (full list of dates below). Tickets are on-sale now and available from the relevant venue box office.

The tour, calling at The Ryan centre on 30 May, will be an extended version of Clarke’s hilarious sold-out 25 date run at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. Titled, “The Trouble with being Des” the show received critical acclaim and was described as “A solid hour of hilarious homespun comedy” (The Herald) and “genuinely funny” (Broadway Baby). It will be fans only chance to see Des live in 2015.

The show focuses on Des’ realisation that he’s at a crossroads in life and he has a few things to get off his chest. Like the time he tried to become Prince Charles friend and almost got arrested by Royal security and finding himself held at gunpoint in a taxi while on a heartbreak holiday in Barbados – Des’ social Tourette’s has found him in all sorts of hilarious, and sometimes dangerous, situations.

Des started out in stand-up aged just 19 and has enjoyed a successful and diverse career across TV and radio.  He is well known as the popular presenter of Capital Radio’s Scottish breakfast show, while his latest venture sees him front a brand new 6 part comedy series on BBC Radio Scotland called ‘Des Clarke Exposed’. The first episode is broadcast at 1:30pm on Friday 1st May and runs at the same time weekly until Friday 5th June.

2014 was a particularly memorable year for him - as well as the sold-out Fringe run, he hosted the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games – but it’s being back on tour that excites him most.

Says Des: “I cannot wait to get back out on tour. It’s where my career began and being on stage is still the greatest buzz for me. With a live audience you never know what’s going to happen and there’s nothing like playing to a home crowd. I’ve been lucky enough to have a great career, but I’ve also scored some impressive own goals, so this show is joyfully self-deprecating. But, that’s just the Scottish way!”