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Saturday 27 November - 8PM

Elvis McGonagall

Stand-up poet, comedian and broadcaster, armchair revolutionary and walking shortbread tin, Elvis McGonagall resides at The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the back of beyond where he scribbles satirical verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to Johnny Cash.

Two series of his sitcom Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 where he appears regularly, most recently on Stand-Up Specials: Full Tartan Jacket which was the featured Radio 4 Comedy of the Week podcast and the documentary My Name Is Elvis which featured on Radio 4’s Pick of the Week, as well as popping up occasionally on the telly.

Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the Blue Suede Sporran Club and performs at comedy, literary and music festivals, arts centres, cabaret clubs, pubs and dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad.

He also gigs with his band The Resurrectors; ‘an unholy marriage of whisky-soaked, radical stand-up poetry and Caledonian punkabilly rock ‘n roll’. The band’s debut album Gie It Laldy was released on Bar-Ox Records in 2018. A new EP Burstin’ Oot in Fairy Lights is scheduled for release shortly.

A live recording of his show One Man And His Doggerel is available on Laughing Stock Records and two collections of his poems have been published by Burning Eye Books – Viva Loch Lomond! (poems from 2003 to 2017) and Complete and Utter Cult! (poems from 2017 to 2020).

In 2015 Elvis made the Hot 100 – The List magazine’s annual run-down of Scotland’s hottest cultural contributors – thanks to a combination of dazzling Weltschmerz, anarchic wit and his tailor, Mr Poon Kee of Hong Kong, who does a fine line in tartan dinner jackets.

A deftly witty wordsmith, sharp and subversive but not afraid to be plain daft, Elvis has been spitting his scurrilous diatribes against the powers that be since 2003. And look at the state of the world now. So that’s 17 years of futile ranting.

Elvis McGonagall’s meteoric rise to glittering showbiz obscurity continues apace – destined perhaps to remain a complete and utter cult but huge in North Korea.

There’s a chance to meet Elvis after the show, to buy books and have them signed.

Photography Anna McCarthy

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All tickets: £10.50
Please note that senior citizens are no longer automatically eligible for concessions. See our guidelines

Running time: 90 mins plus interval

We ask that patrons wear masks when in the Merlin Theatre. We will still carry out extra cleaning and provide hand gel for your use.

“Brilliantly anarchic – Always a Treat”
JOAN BAKEWELL

“Rampaging through the vicissitudes of modern life with stanzas like Panzers!”
PHILL JUPITUS 

“It’s like rap with positive feeling”
NOTTINGHAM EVENING POST

“His poems have wit, intelligence and imagination. He performs with honesty and integrity and makes me laugh, think and feel”
HENRY NORMAL

“McGonagall is a stand-up poet whose doggerel is having its day!”
THE GUARDIAN