Tuesday 18 July

Doors: Doors 8pm 1st Show - 8.30pm 2nd Show 9.45pm

Tickets: £7/5 Available from

A chance to catch two full shows for less than the price of one before they go up to the Edinburgh Festival.  We aim to recreate the true Edinburgh experience – no audience, no pay for the acts, great fun!  We have an enviable record in predicting the big-hit shows before they win awards



What is Genius? Beethoven? Einstein? Stewart Lee? The Spork?


Is it a high IQ? A ruthless disregard for convention? Any ploy used successfully to carry a third pint glass without spilling it?


Is it the combination of unexpected influences to conceal the processes of creativity? The Beatles wrote great songs, but arguably revealed their genius only when they drew not just on Little Richard but Spike Milligan, the Cabaret Voltaire and Bernard Cribbins. Maradonna revealed his true genius when he emulated not Pele but Michael Jordan.


And more urgently, given such contingency, why does Society repeatedly fail to recognise Simon Evans for The Man of Genius as whom he clearly dresses?


Few of these questions will be adequately answered but all will at the least be squinted at, quizzically, in this, Evans’ eighth solo Edinburgh show.  With reflections on the nature of intelligence, the possibility of original thought, the struggle to find the authentic self, dog fucking and Octopuses, Evans will expose the brain to itself as only a grubby mirror in a seedy bedsit of the imagination can.


Do not vote in any further election or referendum until you have seen this show!


Evans is a familiar face to fans of TV stand up with highly acclaimed appearances on Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow, the Edinburgh Gala shows and various other such shows. Demonstrating his genius in more conventional form he appeared on University Challenge : The Professionals in 2007, in a team narrowly beaten by eventual series winners the Ministry of Justice.  He was also a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind, where his specialist subject was Ernest Shackleton. Needless to say, he won his heat and was only prevented from winning the final due to there not being one.


Simon is also a regular on Radio 4, with three series of his own show Goes To Market already broadcast and two more in the pipeline. He makes regular appearances on The News Quiz  and he anchored and wrote seven series of the news satire The Way It Is. He has been published in various magazines and newspapers, most recently The Daily Telegraph, giving his views on Brexit as a subject for comedy. He also writes for various other TV shows and comedians but tact and diplomacy require that he draw a veil over the specifics.



Simon Evans , Nick Doody