Laughter hit Aberdeen last night, as the city’s first comedy festival began in earnest.
The opening event of the Aberdeen Comedy Festival at the Tivoli Theatre marked the launch of the three-week-long extravaganza, during which the city will be awash with some of the biggest jokers on the stand-up circuit.
After a champagne reception, headliner Tom Stade had the crowd in stitches with his blunt and hilarious portrayal of life as an immigrant in Scotland.
His interaction with the audience was enthusiastic – especially with his new-found friend James (much like a water-based performance, sit in the front row at your peril).
Originally from Canada, the funnyman has lived in the UK for over ten years and performed on TV shows including Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
He is also a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Stade was supported by Gary Little, who split the audience’s sides with stories from his hometown of Glasgow, and Liam Withnail, who has a thing or two to say about Lorne sausages.
However, stealing the show was compere Billy Kirkwood, one of Scotland’s own, with rude and relatable jokes, cackle-worthy impressions and witty, off-the-cuff banter with the crowd.
Stade’s not the only big-hitter in town for the festival, with the likes of Russell Kane and Ross Noble also part of the line-up.
Aberdeen Inspired and Breakneck Comedy have joined forces to produce a varied and unique programme – comedians will be showcased at venues from The Albyn to Tunnels from as little as £3 until November 5.
With over 250 performers and 65 shows, there is something to suit everyone.
Find full event listings at aberdeencomedyfestival.com