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Gus Tawse Biography
It looked like Gus Tawse
was destined for a life in showbiz as early as 1989, when he won Kirkhill Primary School's primary seven talent contest, doing impressions of such star names as Saint & Greavsie, Alan Whicker and the granddad from Bread.
Unfortunately, he was soon to find that the road to stardom was not an easy one to take - a combination of his voice breaking and a 10 o'clock bedtime making it difficult to get gigs!
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Fast forward 18 years and the first footsteps are being taken on that road again. The impressions have been replaced by sharp incisive one-liners as Gus attempts to make it as a stand-up comedian. Unfortunately, he could not repeat his competition success in 2007, but finished a credible 3rd in the Scottish Comedian Of The Year contest.
Described as the 'deadpan master of mirth' on account of his often straight-faced delivery, the Aberdeen-based comic excels in well written, carefully crafted gags that have you hanging on the edge of your seat for his entire set. And a love for writing topical news jokes coupled with a wealth of material mean that no two sets at gigs are ever the same.
Gus Tawse has lent his comic talents to BBC shows such as the sports parody and New Year favourite Only An Excuse, Watson's Wind-up on Radio Scotland and Sky Sports Soccer AM.
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Gus Tawse started performing at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen in 2010. His first performance was as the support act in February 10 for comic Milton Jones who appears on BBC2 Mock The Week and Radio 4 The News Quiz. Gus Tawse will have his own show at the Lemon Tree on 23 April 2010.
Where To See Comedian Gus Tawse In Aberdeen
Gus Tawse has now retired from comedy. His last gig was on Saturday 4 June 2011 at the Blue Lamp, Gallowgate. The following information is for historic interest:
Gus Tawse has recently turned his hand to compering a new monthly comedy night in Aberdeen, and has shown a contempt for hecklers which he normally reserves for amateur football referees!
Aberdeen Scottish Football Reporter
Gus is also a match day football reporter and has covered matches for the Evening Express, Sunday Mail and Scottish Television.
Reviews of Gus Tawse Comedy Acts
Laconic Aberdonian whose material is drier than a mackerel enjoying its third day on a Dubai washing line.
Businesslike approach gets the job done.
An interesting act, certainly one to look out for in the future.
Superman defeats Lex Luthor.
An exquisite comedy writer with a wicked sense of humour and superbly witty one-liners.
The Heckler, January 2006.
Definitely one to keep an eye on in 2006
Stockethill Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter, December 2005.
2008 Performances Of Gus Tawse
Sunday 6 April 2008 - Northern Laughs Live Comedy at Cafe Drummond. Doors open 7pm and the show starts at 8.30pm. Entry is £5 (£4 students). Comics include Parrot, Andy Sir, Kirsty Moss and Scott Agnew (MC).
Sunday 2 March 2008 - Northern Laughs Live Comedy at Cafe Drummond with Gus Tawse. Doors open at 8pm and the comedy show starts at 9pm. Entry tickets cost £5 (£4 for students). Performers include Kevin Bridges, Viv Gee, Duncan Guthrie, Biz The Drummer and Billy Kirkwood (MC).
2007 Performances Of Gus Tawse
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Sunday 6 January 2008 - Northern Laughs Open Mic night at Cafe Drummonds in Aberdeen. Doors open at 8pm and entry to this Aberdeen event is £2. Headliner is Gus Tawse and the MC is Andrew Learmonth.
Sunday 2 December - Northern Laughs Live comedy at Cafe Drummond, 1 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JR, (01224) 619930. Doors open at 8pm and entry is £5 (students £4). Comics include Mark Rough, Bill Dewar, Dave Heffron, Sian Bevan and Jo-Jo Sutherland (MC).
11 November 2007 - Northern Laughs live comedy event at Cafe Drummond, 1 Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Doors open at 8pm and entry is £5 and £4 for students. Comics include John McRuvie
, Kevin Shepherd, Carly Baker and Scott Forbes (Master of Ceremonies).
7 October 2007 - Northern Laughs live comedy event at cafe Drummond, 1 Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Doors open at 8pm and entry is £5 and £4 for students. Comedians include Tony Carter, Austin Low, Chris Forbes, Gus Tawse and Susan Calman (MC).
2 September 2007 - Northern Laughs live comedy at Cafe Drummond, 1 Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Doors open at 8pm and entry to the event is £5 or £4 for students. Line up is comics Des Clarke, Steven Dick, Billy Kirkwood and Gus Tawse (MC).
5 August 2007 - Northern Laughs Live Comedy at cafe Drummond, Aberdeen. Doors open at 8pm and entry is £5 or £4 for students. Performers include Gus Tawse (MC), Joe Heenan, Neil McFarlane and Jason Arnstein.
1 July 2007 - Northern Laughs Live Comedy at cafe Drummond, Aberdeen. Doors open at 8pm and entry is £5 or £4 for students. Comedians include Scott Forbes (MC), Sarah Millican, Andy Learmonth and John Newton.
3 June 2007 - Northern Laughs live comedy performances at Cafe Drummond, 1 Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Doors will open at 8pm. Tickets, bought at the door, cost £5 or £4 for students. Comics appearing on the night include Tony Littler
, Patrick Rolink, Gus Tawse (The MC), Bruce Fummey and James Kane.
Sunday 6 May 2007 -Live comedy at Cafe Drummond, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Doors open at 8pm and entry costs £5 or £4 for students. Starring Parrot, Graham Mackie, Kirsty Moss, John Burns and Gus Tawse (MC).
1 April 2007 -Live comedy at Cafe Drummond, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Doors open at 8pm and entry costs £5 or £4 for students. Starring Vladimir McTavish, Graham Thomas, Steven Davidson, Carly Baker and Gus Tawse (MC).
4 March 2007 -Live comedy at Cafe Drummond, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Doors open at 8pm and entry costs £5 or £4 for students. Starring Gary Little, Paul Pirie, Mark Nelson and Gus Tawse (MC).
7 - Northern Laughs presents A Comedy Night To Raise Funds For Cash 4 Kids featuring:
- Patrick Rolink
- Tony Littler
- Quentin Reynolds
- Andy Learmonth
- Gus Tawse (MC)
at the Café Drummond. Doors open at 8pm and entry tickets cost £5.
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2006 Performances Of Gus Tawse
3 December - Northern Laughs International Stand-up at café Drummond. Doors open 8pm. Entry £5 (students £4). Comedy acts are:
- John McCruvie
- Chris Broomfield
- Billy Kirkwood
- Sean Wilson
- Fran Healy
- Gus Tawse (MC)
5 November - Northern Laughs International Stand-up at café Drummond. Doors open 8pm. Entry £5 (students £4). Performers are:
- Sully O Sulivan
- Keir McAlliister
- Rick Molland
- Carly Baker
- Gus Tawse (MC)
1 October - Northern Laughs Live Stand Up Comedy at café Drummond. Doors open at 8pm and entry is £5 (students £4). Comedians include:
- Des McLean
- Andy Sis
- Tony Littler
- Gus Tawse (host and compere)
3 September - Northern Laughs at Cafe Drummond, Aberdeen starring Joe Heenan, Des McLean, Andy Learmonth and Gus Tawse (MC). Doors open at 8pm and the comedy show starts at 8:30pm. Entry is £5.
1 September- Northern Laughs at Tiger Tiger, Aberdeen starring Gary Little, Susan Calman, Mark Nelson and Gus Tawse (MC). Doors open at 8pm and the comedy show starts at 8:30pm. Entry is £5.
Northern Laughs - Benefit to raise money for British Heart Foundation.
- PATRICK ROLINK
- RICHARD BROPHY
- CARLY BAKER
- CHRIS ROBERTSON
- JIM THE HOBBIT
- compere GUS TAWSE
Friday 28th July at Tiger Tiger, Aberdeen. Entry is £5 which includes free entry to the nightclub.
Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 8.30pm.
Guests are asked to wear something red.
30 June - Northern Laughs:
Vladimir McTavish: "Inventive, motor-mouthed ranter in a tartan suit" - The Herald.
Jo-Jo Sutherland: "Far funnier and more inventive than anyone has the right to expect" - Evening News.
Reg Anderson: "One part Tommy Cooper, one part John Shuttleworth. Hilarious" - Scotsman.
Rick Molland "Unsettlingly perceptive"
Gus Tawse (compere): "An exquisite comedy writer with a wicked sense of humour" - The Heckler uperbly.
On Friday 30 June 2006 at the Carlton Bar, 32 Castle Street, Aberdeen. Entry is £4* and the doors open at 8pm.
* Ladies - Are you fed up with the Word Cup? - Enjoy half-price entry to a top night of comedy. That's right, only £2!!!!!
2 June 2006 - Northern Laughs Presents:
Carlton Comedy at the Carlton Bar, 32 Castle Street, Aberdeen. Entry is £4 and the doors open at 8pm.
- Patrick Rolink - So You Think You're Funny finalist, 2003
- Neil McFarlane - BBC New Comedy Awards semi-finalist, 2001
- Quentin Reynolds - Regular comedy writer for the BBC
- Gus Tawse - Kirkhill Primary School P7 Talent Contest Winner