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Susie's laughing all the way from Garrowhill to the Albert Hall

Updated: Jan 17, 2020

Susie McCabe

Comedian Susie McCabe’s rise through the ranks of Scottish stand up has been nothing short of meteoric. Her brilliant story-telling, acute observations and killer punchlines have made her one of the most sought-after performers in the UK.

A friend’s tragic cancer diagnosis in 2010 helped Susie take control of her life. A late-night conversation with a mutual friend led to them daring each other to do something that truly scared them.

Susie’s challenge was to do live comedy, something she’d never had an inclination to do before nor had she ever stood in front of a microphone. Since a comedy course at Strathclyde University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, the Glasgow eastender has not looked back.

The 40 year old, originally from Garrowhill, has challenged the perception of women working in the comedy industry and helped remove the stigma that female comedians ‘are not funny’. Susie said “I was an electrician and I used to work in a gay bar – both are very male dominated.” She can certainly now be classed alongside Elaine C Smith, Jo Brand and Sarah Millican.

She has come a long way on her journey from electrical estimator to lighting up rooms and theatres across the land with her wit. Her shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival over the

years have been sell-outs.

Having turned professional she has signed up with Off The Kerb agency who have some of the top comedians in the UK on their books.

The former Scottish ‘Headliner of the Year’ has had a busy 2019 with the first two months spent in Australia. On her return she shared a stage at the London Albert Hall with household names Kevin Bridges, John Bishop and Romesh Ranganathan. Kevin Bridges described Susie as "A naturally funny storyteller and a genuine stand up. Highly recommended." and Fred MacAulay said “Susie is up there with the best!”

She picks the Big Yin as her comic idol. “I will never be as wonderful a storyteller and stand up as Billy Connolly, but I get to do what I do because of him.”

Following her successful run at the Edinburgh Festival, she has taken her show ‘Born Believer’ on tour.

On March 28th 2020 she hosts her one-woman show at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow, but you don’t have to wait that long to catch her act. Susie will be appearing at Kaldi’s Function Suite in Baillieston alongside fellow local comedian, Des McLean, on December 28th. Tickets for the eagerly anticipated gigs are on sale now from the venues.

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