Aberdeen Comedy Festival is just the ticket for laughs

Organisers of the Aberdeen Comedy Festival have hailed the response from north-east residents who have turned out in their droves to support shows in the heart of the city.

Delivered by Aberdeen Inspired in partnership Breakneck Comedy, the 23-day festival has given comedy fans the choice of more than 65 shows in city centre venues until the final evening on Saturday, November 5.

Since the opening night at the Tivoli Theatre on Friday, October 14 the Granite City’s inaugural festival has seen healthy ticket sales with more than 2,750 sold so far.

Sponsored by local bar/pub McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale, the festival has also held two free stand-up shows which attracted more than 120 people to McGinty’s and Revolution.

One of the festival’s main highlights goes ahead this weekend as Scottish comedian Fred MacAulay takes to the stage at Aberdeen Arts Centre on Sunday, October 30 at 8pm.

Tickets for the show, which will also feature comedians Neil Dougan, Wee Rhona and Andy Watson, are still available and are priced at £11 (not inc bf)..

Places are also up for grabs for the ‘Be a Comedian’ workshop with Allyson June Smith which is being held at Aberdeen Arts Centre earlier in the day at 3pm. The workshop is for teens aged between 12 and 18 and is priced at £10 (not inc bf).

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The Aberdeen Comedy Festival has been an overwhelming success so far and we’re delighted with the fantastic response we’ve had from north-east residents who have supported all of the shows over the last two weeks. In its inaugural year, it is already Scotland’s third biggest event of its kind and we want to build upon this. (Adrian wants to add this in – is it viable?)

“We’ve also heard from people who have travelled from across the country, and even from countries like Norway, to come to the festival which shows how attractive events like this can be for potential visitors to the city.

“In what is still a challenging economic climate for the city we are pleased to be delivering a successful comedy festival which is helping local businesses. There’s still one week to go and I’d encourage people to get behind the remaining shows and enjoy this fantastic festival.

Information about each of the shows which will run during the final week of the Aberdeen Comedy Festival can be found online at: www.aberdeencomedyfestival.com