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Assembly Festival Announces Comedy Line-up

Assembly Festival, 31 July - 26 Aug, has a stellar selection of stand up with over 80 shows lined up for audiences, including the star of Netflix's Comedians of the World Aditi Mittal; Indian stand-up Anuvab Pal taking on the British Empire in Democracy and Disco Dancing; the feisty and hilarious Cally Beaton (Best of the Fringe 2017) with her show Invisible; Chris Parker; host of Whose Line Is It Anyway Clive Anderson; Ed Byrne, Frank Skinner, George Egg, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Jason Byrne, Jena Friedman, Joanne McNally, the young and extremely talented impressionist Josh Berry, Larry Dean, Milton Jones in Milton Impossible; Nath Valvo; star of Parks and Recreation comedian Nick Offerman; Nish Kumar; Fringe first-timer & US stand-up star Phoebe Robinson; legends Simon Evans, Russell Howard; Pinder-prize winner Sam Taunton;Shane Todd, Guy Montgomery, Stewart Francis with a new show Into the Punset; Scottish festival favourite Susie McCabe; and Timandra Harkness with her new solo comedy show Take A Risk.

Adding some rhythm to the laughter, our comedy music line-up includes Baby Wants Candy, David O'Doherty: ULTRASOUND, Flo & Joan, a brand new show from Frisky & Mannish with their PopLab, Jonny & the Baptists Love Edinburgh and Hate Bastards, Nick Helm's I Think, You Stink!, The Jess Robinson Experience and The Lost Stories of Willy Shakes.

Taking on character comedy are Al Murray as The Pub Landlord; Lolly Jones in I Believe in Merkels where EU leaders swap negotiations for disco, tassels and glitter; sitcom comic creation Pamela's Palace set amongst the glittery underworld of combs and curlers in a buzzing beauty salon; Raphael Wakefield as his idol Arsene Wenger; Theatreland's anonymous cult figure West End Producer - Free Willy; the legendary Ghost Whisperer Séayoncé; fierce, filthy Glaswegian Nicola Jo Cully as Svetlana; Diane Chorley: Down the Flick and in Modern Love performed by David Selley; winner of best comedy at Auckland Fringe Aunty; Jody Kamali as ex-darts champ Mike Daly; and expat-antipodean Tommy Bradson as the abrasive cutting witty Kevin the Vampyre.

Comedy clowning and the absurd includes the return of the critically acclaimed daft-hearted John Luke-Roberts with two new shows: Terrible Wonderful Adaptations and the incomprehensible - After Me Comes the Flood (But in French) drip splosh splash drip BLUBBP BLUBBP BLUBBPBLUBBPBLUBBP!!; and award-winning comedian and brilliantly expressive performer Tom Walker with Very Very, a mix of pure mime, some skits and minimal chat.

Physical Comedy includes The Late Bloomers and the multimedia clown show beep boop. New Zealand's favourite surreal sketch circus troupeLaser Kiwi comes to Edinburgh, with more sketch comedy from Goose, James Hancox, Lola & Jo with Escape, Police Cops here and in Space, Sleeping Trees and The Oxford Revue.

Plenty of funny stories from Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big in This; Jack Rooke: Love Letters; Jessie Cave; and Mark Watson. Award-winning comedian and poet Rob Auton presents The Time Show; as well as two time Writers Guild Winner Sarah Kendall.

In theatrical comedy, Tom Lenk is TRASH, as well as the return of his five-star show Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist. Two sea lions try to escape the circus in Lucille & Cecilia; two accountants tirelessly record the death toll in The Living Room; Roann McCloskey tries to navigate her life in My Father the Tantric Masseur; Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn celebrate the scummier side of parenting in Scummy Mummies; and Australia's favourite comedy twins return with The Stevenson Experience.

For the indecisive mixed-bill line-ups are Aboriginal Comedy Allstars, Funny Women on the Fringe, Stand Up For Your Planet raising funds for Creative Carbon Scotland, Comic Relief Live and Best of the Fest at the Assembly Hall and new this year our Best of the Fest... Later at the Assembly Rooms. And audiences will be able to get involved with interactive comedy towards the close of the festival at The WiFi Wars' Video Game Takeover - fully charged batteries recommended.



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