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If you need a rapier wit, a wealth of material and an on-stage presence that exudes confidence and class you need Jane Mackay. Longest serving host at THE STAND, Jane is resident weekend compere in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Her killer combination of iconoclastic invective and encyclopaedic wit ensures she never runs short of targets or low on ammunition.
Switching effortlessly from discussing topical tales to typical males, she has an unerring eye for a gag. A late-starter in stand-up (44 and professional for five years) her former life experience ranges from being a Lincolnshire Echo reporter to a councillor in the London Borough of Islington.
No subject is beyond her scathing brand of hard-hitting humour. With her carefully constructed material and extraordinary ad-libbing ability she is an ace compere and an excellent act. For all her fabulous fierceness in full flow she has a warm rapport with an audience that belies her sharp bite.
As a comedy club director, she has made a major contribution to the revival of Scottish comedy. No longer involved in running the clubs she is ready to work further afield. She has already played throughout Scotland and toured her native Highlands in July 2001 - mixing compering with headlining - in a 'Best of Scottish Comedy' roadshow. She has also worked in northern England, Belfast and Dublin.
She has appeared on the Edinburgh Festival in seven successive years. Her critically acclaimed solo debut was in 1999 with 'Housewife and Marxist' and in 2001 she was lead writer and co-star of 'Three Fat Ladies: A Murder Mystery' and hosted 'Best of Scottish Comedy'.
Numerous TV and radio credits include 'The Burns Affair' (BBC2 Scotland) and a ten minute programme which she wrote and performed 'Jane's Cold Turkey' (BBC Radio Scotland).
Jane Mackay offers "a finely balanced mix of self-deprecation, put downs and incisive humour" List and "forces the audience to think as well as laugh" Stage