From the studio to stage for comedian Des

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Many people across Scotland wake up to him every morning but this weekend Des Clarke will be looking to provide a cracking evening of entertainment.

Des has appeared on a number of high profile shows over the years including SMTV Live and Children in Need and is currently one of the presenting team of Capital Scotland’s breakfast show.

However away from the small screen and airwaves, Des is also a popular stand up comedian. He’s a regular at Jongleurs comedy clubs throughout the UK and has also appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe countless times as well as putting in turns at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival and in New York and Dubai.

Des won’t have to travel quite as far for his next performance as on Saturday evening he will be entertaining a crowd at Longformacus village hall.

And as a comedian who thrives on playing to intimate audiences, Des is buzzing about the show.

“I’ve been lucky enough to do theatres and smaller arenas during the course of my career but the shows I love most are the ones where you can see the whites in the eyes of the people in the audience.

“Doing village halls is proper old school where every seat is like being in a front row and you get that instant feedback that a comedian needs.”

Des has been presenting the breakfast show on Capital for over five years now, helping it reach record ratings in the last few months.

And he said it is the loyal listeners that make getting up at an ungodly hour five days a week worthwhile.

“I haven’t got any kids myself but presenters I‘ve worked with who have children have likened it to having to get up with them in the middle of the night.

“As a comedian I’m more used to just rolling in at 4.30am not getting up.

“The winter months are particularly surreal when it seems like it’s just you and the foxes sniffing round the bins are the only ones awake!

“That said it’s a great job; we have some great banter in the studio and the record figures gave us a great boost.”

Capital Breakfast isn’t the first high profile gig Des has held down.

He presented the now iconic SMTV Live after Ant & Dec left the show.

“For a guy in his early 20s it was a great job. I had such a laugh. I learnt so much as well.

“It’s such a shame now that that era has passed. Saturday morning TV is now full of cookery shows so we’ve got a generation of kids who haven’t seen a comedy sketch but can make a mean soufflé!”

One person who is thrilled to be welcoming Des to rural Berwickshire is Bob Wallum of Watch Promotions, the company who pulled out all the stops to bring him to the region.

He told ‘WOW’: “One local suggested we just knock on every other door and we would find plenty of comedians!

“We did a bit of research and thought that Des would be a great choice, initially thinking that we were far too small a hall to attract him. We decided to try anyway and to our amazement Des, who is probably Scotland’s most prominent rising comedian, said yes!

“We were amazed that he was taking time out to visit our very rural hall here in the Borders.”

Tickets for Des’ Longformacus show are priced £8.

Doors are at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

n For more info visit www.watchpromotions.org.