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Press release 20 May 2008 City Comedians Bring Festival Showcase to the Heart of Leith Four of Scotland’s finest comedians have announced details of their eagerly anticipated Edinburgh Festival comedy show, ‘No Comedy for Old Men’.
‘No Comedy’ will be hosted at the stylish Meridian venue on Leith Walk from the 31st July until the 16th August. The showcase will be a highlight of the Free Festival which last year featured some 130 shows across a dozen venues, showcasing the cream of the UK’s up-and-coming comedic talent.
‘No Comedy’ features four of the funniest performers currently performing on the Scottish comedy circuit. Comedy aficionados may recognise the quartet from their regular appearances at The Stand Comedy Club venues in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, where they support the likes of Frankie Boyle, Richard Herring, Lucy Porter, Mark Watson and Scott Capurro.
The elder statesman of the quartet, Haymarket-based Jim Park was formerly the drummer in cult 1980s punk-band The Exploited. Compere of the renowned Electric Mouse Comedy Club and award-winning salsa dancer, Festival regular Jim (83) is best known to Edinburgh audiences for his controversial ring-tone material and his mastery of the quickfire pun.
Ulsterman Jeff O’Boyle has quickly earned a reputation as one of Scottish comedy’s hottest new talents. Gorgie-based Jeff (30), a lawyer by day, has recently been entertaining audiences with his tales of Iraqi Jihadi window cleaners at The Stand’s ‘Best of Irish’ and 'Best of Red Raw' comedy showcases as part of the Leith Festival.
Eurovision Song Contest guru, former Serbian television presenter and professional Yorkshireman Gordon Alexander is premiering at this year’s Festival. Supporting some of the biggest names on the circuit at The Stand in Edinburgh and Glasgow with his acerbic brand of sarcastic wit, Bruntsfield-based Gordon (28) is best known for his chimpanzee vivisection and sexual health lottery routine.
Martin McAllister (31), self-styled “random deadpan weirdo” is one of the Scottish comedy circuits most distinctive performers. Martin's unusual delivery style and carefully constructed stories got him to the So You Think You're Funny semi-final last year.
Quartet leader Martin McAllister said “For the princely sum of absolutely nothing, Leith residents (and everyone else as well) can enjoy one of the highlights of the Festival, ‘No Comedy For Old Men’ and some of Scotland’s best comedy talent during Festival time without the hassle, the crowds and the expense of a Number 22 to the city centre. We are genuinely excited about the show and hope that everyone who has enjoyed our performances year-round at The Stand and other venues will lambada down Leith Walk to join us for what promises to be a fine hour of your life!”
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Notes to Editors:
No Comedy Club for Old Men will premier at Meridian, 138 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EA on [31st July 2008]. Each show for the 17 night run will start at 19:05 and last approximately 1 hour.
Photographs/showreels of the group and individual can be supplied promptly upon request.
The show is produced in association with the Free Festival (www.freefestival.org)
The Free Festival was initially conceived to provide an alternative to increasing prices for performers and audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe. Last year the Free Festival hosted some 130 shows at 10 venues across the city.