New venues sign up for Aberdeen Comedy Festival

Organisers of Aberdeen Comedy Festival have signed up several new venues across the city centre as they announce a new and improved format for this year. Launched by Aberdeen Inspired in 2016, the Aberdeen Comedy Festival 2017 run from 5-15 October.

The eleven-day festival will feature national and international comedians performing across the city centre. The show has been organised by programming partner Breakneck Comedy.

Access understands that a total of ten new venues have signed up to host stand-up shows in the Granite City later this year, bringing the total number of venues to 27.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We’re delighted to welcome our new venues to Aberdeen Comedy Festival this year. It’s great to have more businesses involved after the festival’s very successful debut in 2016.”

New venues for 2017 include the Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen Douglas Hotel, Sing City, La Lombarda Basement Bar, The Shack, The Wild Boar, Spin, NOX, Lemon Tree, and the Wee Glen situated in Glentanar Bar.

Sponsored by McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale, the festival will comprise over 50 events, including five free stand-up shows, comedy workshops for children and adults, kids shows, local talent showcases and comedy films screened at the Belmont Filmhouse.

New format

The festival format has been changed this year to include a selection of solo performances as well as shows with several comedians taking to the stage.

Shows will also be staggered so comedy fans have the chance to attend several without having to choose between events starting all at the same time.

Justin Moorhouse (pictured)  will hold his show at NOX nightclub and the Belmont Filmhouse will screen several comedy movies throughout the festival, including Airplane! and Wayne’s World.

Described as the Canadian Billy Connolly, Craig Campbell will headline the launch of the festival at the Lemon Tree in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA).

Scottish comedian Fred MacAulay, who performed at the festival last year, will make a return alongside other comedians, including Patrick Monahan, Gary Delaney and Shazia Mirza – who have all recently featured on a range of panel shows on TV.