We weren’t in Glasgow very long, and admittedly, we spent most the time that we were in pubs. We got off the train from Stirling, walked in the direction it seemed like we should go, and came upon a pub with a live band playing. They were soon over so we walked around a little longer, starting to get hungry for dinner.
While we had been in Edinburgh the day before we had some food in a restaurant. We were done eating when a man came in, loudly telling the whole room that his comedy show was to start upstairs in five minutes. The timing worked out so we payed our bill and headed up there. Obie the comedian is his name and he made the room overflow with laughter. You can tell a really good comedian because they’re the kind of folks who have something funny about them even when they’re not trying.
Skip forward to our evening in Glasgow and who do we see on the street passing out fliers for his show that night? Obie!!! Here we were in a country where we didn’t know anyone, and the one guy we could possibly recognize was standing before us in a whole different part of Scotland. The whole thing was, well, comedic. We approached him and explained how we’d just seen him in Edinburgh. After telling him we were looking for a place to eat he pointed down the street to a pub and said that they had good food.
We took his advice and went in to order. While we were eating, who comes in- Obie! And loudly begins to announce his comedy show which will be downstairs in five minutes. He mentioned us in his announcement, saying that we were stalking him from Edinburgh. Five minutes passed. “In 30 seconds my comedy show will start downstairs, in ten seconds, in five seconds!” he began running toward the stairs, “You’re already late!!!” Then he was gone.
The timing wasn’t as good this time. We went down there at the very end of his show, him again letting the room know that we were stalking him. Once it was over we thanked him for the laughs and headed back upstairs to listen to the live band. As it was getting late we decided we should be getting back on the train to Edinburgh, where we met some nice people who talked to us until their stop.
We never did run into Obie again, but I followed him on facebook. Apparently his new marketing tactic, instead of passing out fliers, is to put up sticky notes and yell from second story windows. If you are ever in Scotland, make sure to look up his schedule (or just keep an eye out for sticky notes)! He will most likely be performing in whatever city you happen to find yourself.
I’ve heard great things about Glasgow, and can vouch for the pubs and live music, however I know there’s more to it than that and I look forward to going back one day!