An ambitious new festival described as “the likes of which Aberdeen has never seen before” is being launched … just for laughs.
The first Aberdeen Comedy Festival will see more than 250 comedians perform at more than 20 venues across the city centre.
The new event, spearheaded by Aberdeen Inspired, will run for 23 days from October 14 to November 5, with a dizzying range of comedians, both local, national and international.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We are delighted to be launching an event the likes of which Aberdeen has never seen.
“This will be the first time the Granite City has hosted a comedy festival on this scale.”
Already some of the UK’s finest funnymen and women have been signed up – including Tom Stade, Simon Evans, Bobby Mair, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Ava Vidal.
They will be known to comedy fans from appearances on TV shows such as Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Russell Howard’s Good News.
More headliners and acts will be announced in the run up to the festival, which is supported by the Evening Express.
The event will also feature shows for kids and comedy workshops, in a programme put together by Naz Hussain, of the city’s Breakneck Comedy.
Adrian said a tremendous amount of hard work had gone into organising the inaugural Aberdeen Comedy Festival. He said: “We have a fantastic line-up and our aim is simple – to provide the best comedy available for both residents and visitors to Aberdeen to enjoy.”
Adrian said gigs wold be held in city centre venues ranging from small and intimate spaces to larger scale stages.
“We hope this will have a positive knock-on effect for businesses during what is a difficult economic climate in the city.
“The full line-up will be announced in due course and we hope the public will support us and take the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful array of comedy that will be performed on their doorstep.”
A date for the launch of the festival’s website and ticket sales will be announced in the coming weeks.