Comedians | Keir McAllister
Keir started stand up in April 2004 when he entered the Dundee heat of the Jongleurs J20 Last Laugh Competition. Despite it being his first ever gig, he won and went on to win the Scottish final and found himself doing his third ever gig to over 1000 people in London’s Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus. He came runner up.
Keir went on to have a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2004 with a show called “Rehab’s for Quitter’s” “where he teamed up with comedy partner Paul Pirie. The following year he was part of the sell out show “Scotland 4 Australia 1” in the Glasgow Comedy Festival which went on to have a further very successful run in the Edinburgh Fringe 2005. He and Paul Pirie also hosted their own late night comedy show.
Keir has gigged all over Scotland and the UK and can be seen regularly working for people like The Stand, Fairpley and The Last Laugh Comedy Clubs. He has also had a string of successful festival shows with other comedians. He first teamed up with Paul Pirie in the 2006 Glasgow Comedy Festival called “Dare you Seesaw” as well as featuring in another collaboration (featuring Susan Calman and Ro Campbell among others) “Four Men and a Little Lady.” In 2007 he teamed up with another comedian Derek Johnston for the Fringe show The Sunshine Variety Couch which attracted rave reviews. He went on to perform again with Derek in this years Glasgow Comedy Festival with a show called Keir and Derek’s Trouser Cough.
Keir has seen his first play Falling for Grace preview at the Dundee Rep Theatre to critical success and then go on to do a full Fringe Run in 2006. His second play Death of a Critic premiered at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2008 at the Ramshorne Theatre.. Keir has been a finalist in the “Scottish Comedian of the Year” competition in 2008 and 2009 which led to a successful tour in New Zealand. His first solo stand up show – Inadequate premiered at the Glasgow comedy festival in 2009. For the Fringe in 2012 he teamed up with Scottish comedy legend Vladimir McTavish for the sell out show “Keir McAllister and Vladimir McTavish Look at the State of Scotland” which received rave reviews and is set to tour next year. He also played gigs at T in the Park, Belladrum, and Wickerman festivals and toured much of Scotland and the Highlands with the NHS sponsored “Walk in My Shoes” Tour – a tour which included such eclectic venues as Barlinnie Prison and a charity shop in Dingwall .
He is a regular guest Jo Caulfield’s podcast “The Good Bad and The Ugly” (free to download on iTunes) and has just been given a radio pilot. He has been a regular guest on “Karen Dunbar’s Summer Supplement” and the “Comedy Cafe” on Radio Scotland. Keir has also written for a number of other radio shows, TV show’s (Mock the Week, Stand Up for the Week, Russell Howard’s Good News) and an array of comedy productions. He is currently involved in a number of exciting projects for 2013 including the premiere of his new play “A Good Day Coming...”
“…a gifted comedian destined for much bigger things…”
Edinburgh Evening News
“…the excellent Keir McAllister shines with his fast paced intelligent set…”
“…McAllister’s rapier wit is a joy to behold…”
“...mighty stage presence and impressively high punchline ratio...”