Stand UHA night

Comedian Stuart Mitchell.

THE “BELLY-BUSTING” bill for the annual Stand Up Helly Aa comedy night has been unveiled, and will see feature comics Mark Nelson and Stuart Mitchell.

The show, at Mareel on Up Helly Aa night (Tuesday 27 January), was first put together by Glaswegian comedian Sandy Nelson in conjunction with Shetland Arts six years ago.


He has appeared in shows including BBC Scotland’s Still Game, and spent four and a half years living in Baltasound before returning to his “sooth mooth roots”, but is happy to be returning to the Auld Rock and looking forward to “having a gaff”.

Sandy’s namesake Mark Nelson won the inaugural Scottish comedian of the year award in 2006 – barely a year after his first ever open mic spot.

His “mix of dark humour, cutting observations and superb one-liners” have seen him “firmly established as one of the UK’s biggest-hitting comedy powerhouses”. 

Comedian Mark Nelson.

With a likeable manner on stage “belying some of the stronger content”, Mark is said to often have audiences laughing at things they “know they really shouldn’t be laughing at”.


Shetland Arts’ marketing officer Lisa Ward said: “Stand Up Helly Aa is a great chance tow arm up after the Up Helly Aa procession with a belly-busting bill of great comedians.Mitchell, meanwhile, was a finalist in the new act of the year competition in 2012 and most recently was nominated in the best support act category at the Scottish Comedy Awards. He has written for BBC current affairs show ‘Mock the Week’ and several BBC Radio Scotland shows.

“It offers a fantastic alternative night out for anyone who hasn’t managed to get a ticket to a hall, or is just looking for something a bit different to do on UHA night.”