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100 DAYS TO GO UNTIL EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2012 AVALON ANNOUNCE LINE-UP

With 100 days to go until the festival, Avalon announces their Edinburgh 2012 line-up with a host of award-winning comics, including three Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and four Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees, for their 24th Festival Fringe this August.

The full line-up features:

AL MURRAY THE PUB LANDLORD - The Only Way is Epic (Special Previews)

AL MURRAY THE PUB LANDLORD - The Guv’s Olympic Pub Quiz

CARL DONNELLY - Different Gravy

CHRIS RAMSEY - Feeling Lucky

THE COMEDY ZONE

FRAN MOULDS - Significant Human Error

GARETH RICHARDS - Introvert: Never Been to Disneyland

GRÁINNE MAGUIRE - Where Are All the Fun Places and Are Lots of People There Having Better Fun?

HELEN KEEN - Robot Woman of Tomorrow

THE HORNE SECTION - Live at the Grand!

IAIN STIRLING - Happy to be the Clown?

JARLATH REGAN - The Audacity of Hope And The Inspirational Stupidity of Perseverance

JIGSAW (DAN ANTOPOLSKI, TOM CRAINE and NAT LUURTSEMA) - Gettin’ Jiggy

LIVE AT THE ELECTRIC - Live at the Fringe

MATT FORDE - Eyes to the Right, Nose to the Left

NAZ OSMANOGLU - Ottoman Without An Empire

PAUL McCAFFREY - Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellylaughs

PEACOCK AND GAMBLE - Peacock & Gamble Don’t Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway

RICHARD HERRING - Talking Cock: The Second Coming

ROISIN CONATY - Lifehunter

RUSSELL KANE - Posturing Delivery

TOM DEACON - Deaconator

WITTANK

Tickets for all shows will be available to buy from Thursday 10th May.
To book tickets please visit www.edinburghsbestcomedy.com

Alternatively for further information, interview requests or images please contact the
Edinburgh press team at edinburghpress@avalonuk.com or phone:
Hannah Wilkinson, Alex Sayer, Debra Clavey, Charlotte Davidson or Dan Lloyd on 0207 598 7222



AL MURRAY THE PUB LANDLORD - Special Previews - The Only Way is Epic
Britain’s favourite pub philosopher, Al Murray - The Pub Landlord, will be polishing his brass neck banter in two weeks of special Edinburgh previews, ahead of his brand new 2012 stand-up tour. The irrepressible innkeeper will be serving up his premier brew of ale-inspired acumen and bar-room buffoonery in a show of epic proportions.

“A National Treasure” Daily Telegraph


AL MURRAY THE PUB LANDLORD’S - The Guv’s Olympic Pub Quiz
On your marks, get set and go get yourself tickets to the ultimate Olympic themed pub quiz! For three nights only, The Guv will host a mental triathlon in the gold medal standard of pub quizzes - all in aid of CamKids, the Cambodian Children's Charity. Pub quiz questions, Pub Landlord rules!

“The way he integrates the crowd into the show is awe-inspiring” The Times


CARL DONNELLY - Different Gravy
Join Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee CARL DONNELLY (Mock The Week (BBC Two), Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three) and Stand Up For The Week (Channel 4)) as he reads and discusses choice excerpts from his unpublished and hugely embellished autobiography.

“. . .gripping, unmissable stand-up” The Guardian


CHRIS RAMSEY - Feeling Lucky
How did we get here? Elaborately laid plan, or just pure fluke? Who knows… do you feel lucky? Perhaps you should. Following two consecutive sell-out Edinburgh shows and a sell-out UK tour, last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, CHRIS RAMSEY, returns to the Festival with his new stand-up show. As seen on Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC Two), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three) Argumental (DAVE) and soon to star as the lead role in brand new six-part BBC Two sitcom Hebburn. As heard in his own BBC Radio 4 special, Offermation, as well as on BBC Radio 1 and 2, BBC Radio 5Live and 6Music, CHRIS brings another hour of uplifting comedy to the Festival.

“Ramsey has the potential to be a mainstream hit, a cult favourite or almost anything in between” The Sunday Times


THE COMEDY ZONE
The Fringe’s longest-running comedy showcase is renowned for bringing the future stars of UK comedy to its stage - DAVE GORMAN, RUSSELL HOWARD, AL MURRAY, RUSSELL KANE, JOE WILKINSON and CHRIS RAMSEY all started here on their rise to the top. Be the first to catch this year's electrifying rising talent: KIERAN BOYD (Live At The Electric, BBC Three), HAYLEY ELLIS (XFM's Breakfast Show), AHIR SHAH (The Hackney Empire New Act of The Year 2009 finalist) and MARK SMITH (The Sun’s Comedy Pick 2012).

“The Fringe’s leading stand-up showcase” The Times


FRAN MOULDS - Significant Human Error
Debut solo show from BBC Radio 4 comedian, FRAN MOULDS (“versatile and accomplished” Chortle, “talented and extremely funny” FringeReview), featuring six original characters, including Dan Riley, a horndog theologian, Ryan, a base-jumping Aussie legend, Morgana Haught, the celeb correspondent for a liberal broadsheet, and Sarah, the teenager from Bolton who’s just converted to Islam. Not controversial.
“Beautifully performed” The List


GARETH RICHARDS - Introvert: Never Been to Disneyland
Join GARETH RICHARDS, Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2010 nominee for his brand new show of jokes and songs about being an introvert stuck in an extrovert’s world. GARETH’s parents could not afford to take the whole family to Disneyland, so they went without him. GARETH has never recovered, always feeling that he has been shut outside of life’s theme park.

“A delightful hour of comedy” The Guardian


GRÁINNE MAGUIRE - Where Are All the Fun Places and Are Lots of People There
Having Better Fun?

Witty and original, GRÁINNE MAGUIRE knows as much about the coalition government as she does Cheryl Cole’s hairstyle choices . She just wants two simple things from life: to sing 'Don’t go Breaking my Heart” with Peter Mandelson and always to be where the fun times roll. Her guide to happiness is simple: just don’t miss out on anything. Ever. You see? Piss easy. Writer for 8 Out of 10 Cats BBC Radio 4’s Now Show and News Quiz.

“Incredibly Funny” The Times Online


HELEN KEEN - Robot Woman of Tomorrow
Creator of BBC Radio 4's hit comedy It Is Rocket Science, award-winning comedian HELEN KEEN returns with her esoteric mix of stand-up, science fiction and shadow puppetry in a new show that will transport you into the exciting, inventive and tinfoil-y world of The Future (by at least an hour!).

“Quirky, offbeat and original. . . clearly someone to watch” The Sunday Times


THE HORNE SECTION - Live at the Grand!
Gathering together the UK’s finest jazz musicians and throwing them on stage with the world’s most exciting comics, ALEX HORNE has created something truly unique. This is jazz-infused comedy, a heady mix of spontaneous stand-up, spectacular performance and outlandish musical talent. Hot on the rhythmic heels of their very own Radio 4 series and three years of sell out shows in the West End and across the world, THE HORNE SECTION bring their indomitable late-night festival fanfare back to Edinburgh.

“Fresh, original, blissfully funny; a whole lot of fun, highly recommended”
* * * * * Time Out


IAIN STIRLING - Happy to be the Clown?
Hotly anticipated debut stand-up show from the BAFTA and Chortle Best Newcomer nominee, IAIN STIRLING. Ever wondered why your life ended up the way it did? IAIN does, and attempts to work out why he is such a clown. Trains, Hinduism, Cliff Richard and clown shoes will all be discussed to varying degrees of hilarity. IAIN STIRLING has supported RUSSELL KANE on tour and performed on Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three).

“Hugely talented rising star” Time Out


JARLATH REGAN - The Audacity of Hope And The Inspirational Stupidity of Perseverance
“If at first you don’t succeed; try, try again!” But if you still don’t succeed, it might not be a bad idea to sit down and have a good think about what it is you’re trying to do. JARLATH REGAN (Comedy Central and Russell Howard's Good News (BBC Three)) after having a good think, presents a comedy extravaganza of tales and illustrated points around but not exclusively on the subject of optimism in a bleak world.

“Side-splitting stuff” * * * * Metro


JIGSAW (DAN ANTOPOLSKI, TOM CRAINE and NAT LUURTSEMA) - Gettin’ Jiggy
DAN ANTOPOLSKI (Triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee) TOM CRAINE (Times Top 5 Edinburgh Show, 2010) and NAT LUURTSEMA (Chortle Nominee), stars of Live At The Electric (BBC Three) and Sketchorama (BBC Radio 4) return after last year’s sell-out debut smash.

“Full pelt sketch comedy… makes the Fast Show look languid” Guardian


LIVE AT THE ELECTRIC - Live at the Fringe
Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, RUSSELL KANE, hosts a live special of the new BBC Three late-night comedy series, featuring a different line-up of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy from the shows stars each night. Strictly limited run. Three nights only! Live At The Electric is brought to you by the producers of the hit BBC THREE comedies, Russell Howard’s Good News and Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show.


MATT FORDE - Eyes to the Right, Nose to the Left
Either a “shameless sycophantic sell-out with a jelly spine and a mush mind” according to one of his listeners or a “first-class comic” according to The Guardian. Come and help settle the debate that is raging in no parts of the country. Unashamed political fandom from a man with a lot to be ashamed about. As heard on SKY News, talkSPORT, The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4), The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music. As seen clock-watching at the Pizza Hut buffet.

“A first-class comic” The Guardian


NAZ OSMANOGLU - Ottoman Without An Empire
Turkish Prince. Stand-up comic. Tragically exiled. With appearances on BBC Three’s Live at The Electric and Russell Howard’s Good News, the hairy one from sketch trio WITTANK returns with another sweat-fuelled, energy-packed show. This bearded fool may have blue blood but his true majesty lies in making you laugh. Bow down before him, then stand up and applaud.

“Buckets of wit and charm” * * * * The Telegraph


PAUL McCAFFREY - Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellylaughs
You can take the boy out of Glastonbury… PAUL seeks to emulate bands reforming for 20th anniversary classic album tours by reuniting his old raving crew at a festival, with the words “Come on Paul, you’re not 18 anymore”, ringing in his ears. Is this really such a good idea? A hilarious, engaging hour of stand-up. As seen on Russell Howard’s Good News.

“He has charm, charisma and success written all over him”
Evening Standard


PEACOCK AND GAMBLE - Peacock & Gamble Don’t Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway
That’s right! Everybody’s favourite comedy nice boys, RAY and ED, return with another hour of fun, idiocy and very handsomeness live on stage. Chortle Comedy Award Nominees in 2011 and 2012, off of Radio 4 Extra and Russell Howard’s Good News (loads).

“A gloriously silly hour in the company of two overgrown toddlers” * * * * Chortle


RICHARD HERRING - Talking Cock: The Second Coming
An object of shame and pride; inspiring laughter and fear; a symbol of power, yet incredibly fragile; it creates life, it can condemn us to death... and it can do wees too. For his 25th anniversary Fringe, HERRING exposes the truth about the porridge gun.

“An impassioned and thoughtful disquisition on masculinity” Observer


ROISIN CONATY - Lifehunter
Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 Best Newcomer and star of Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three) and Dave’s One Night Stand (DAVE), ROISIN returns to Edinburgh with her brand new solo show. Everyone in life is looking for something; to belong, to love, to forget, and also keys. People spend a lot of time looking for their keys. Poxy things.

“A seriously talented rising Star” Time Out


RUSSELL KANE - Posturing Delivery
What if I’m one of the guys who never has a baby? Why is this not a 'male subject'?
I plan to give birth, live on stage, then raise it - in front of you. Come along! RUSSELL has achieved what no other comedian has managed - winning both the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award and the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2010, the two most prestigious prizes in comedy, and is set to host Live at the Electric, BBC Three’s brand new late-night comedy series.

“One of the most stimulating comedians around” The Times


TOM DEACON - Deaconator
BBC Radio 1 DJ and award-winning stand-up comedian TOM DEACON (Rob Brydon Show (BBC Two), Dave’s One Night Stand (DAVE)) returns to Edinburgh. In Deaconator, TOM talks gap yahs and stag dos, helping his mate rob a bank and potentially causing Greece’s economic crash (oops). Last year Fest Magazine said TOM had ‘a handful of cracking one-liners’, well this year, he’s back with two handfuls (admittedly, he has really tiny girl-hands).

“With looks, confidence, charm and great material, expect other comics to lynch him” The Sunday Times


WITTANK
Like a battering ram to the funny-bone, stars of BBC Three’s Live at The Electric rocket back to the Fringe with a lavish parade of inventive characters and sketch magnificence. Hotly tipped as ones to watch for the future, why not catch them now, in the present?

“Hilarious” Independent


SHOW DETAILS


AL MURRAY THE PUB LANDLORD - The Only Way is Epic (Special Previews)
Dates: 13th Aug - 25th Aug
Venue: Spiegel Teatro
Time: 8.55pm


AL MURRAY THE PUB LANDLORD - The Guv’s Olympic Pub Quiz
Dates: 16th, 17th, 18th Aug
Venue: Spiegel Teatro
Time: 11.45pm


CARL DONNELLY - Different Gravy
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug (13th Aug off)
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - Upstairs
Time: 8.30pm

CHRIS RAMSEY - Feeling Lucky
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - Above
Time: 7.40pm

THE COMEDY ZONE
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - Cabaret Bar
Time: 10.45pm

FRAN MOULDS - Significant Human Error
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug
Venue: Udderbelly - Wee Coo
Time: 2.50pm

GARETH RICHARDS - Introvert: Never Been to Disneyland
Dates: 1st Aug - 27th Aug
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - The Hut
Time: 9.30pm

GRÁINNE MAGUIRE - Where are all the fun places and are lots of people there having better fun?
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug (15th Aug off)
Venue: Udderbelly - Daisy
Time: 4.20pm

HELEN KEEN - Robot Woman of Tomorrow
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - The Hut
Time: 3.30pm

THE HORNE SECTION - Live at the Grand!
Dates: 9th Aug - 22nd Aug
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - Grand
Time: 11.15pm (90 mins)

IAIN STIRLING - Happy to be the Clown?
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug
Venue: Udderbelly - Daisy
Time: 9.40pm

JARLATH REGAN - The Audacity of Hope And The Inspirational Stupidity of Perseverance
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug (13th Aug off)
Venue: The Stand - Assembly Rooms
Time: 5.00pm


JIGSAW (DAN ANTOPOLSKI, TOM CRAINE and NAT LUURTSEMA) - Gettin’ Jiggy
Dates: 1st Aug - 27th Aug
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - Upstairs
Time: 4.45pm

LIVE AT THE ELECTRIC - Live at the Fringe
Dates: 17th,18th, 19th Aug
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - One
Time: 11.50pm

MATT FORDE - Eyes to the Right, Nose to the Left
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug
Venue: Udderbelly - Wee Coo
Time: 4.05pm

NAZ OSMANOGLU - Ottoman Without An Empire
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug (14th Aug off)
Venue: Udderbelly - Wee Coo
Time: 8.00pm

PAUL McCAFFREY - Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellylaughs
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug
Venue: Udderbelly - Wee Coo
Time: 9.20pm

PEACOCK & GAMBLE - Peacock & Gamble Don’t Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug
Venue: Pleasance Dome - Ten Dome
Time: 9.40pm

RICHARD HERRING - Talking Cock: The Second Coming
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug
Venue: Udderbelly - Cow
Time: 8.15pm

ROISIN CONATY - Lifehunter
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug (13th Aug off)
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - Beside
Time: 8.40pm

RUSSELL KANE - Posturing Delivery
Dates: 13th Aug - 24th Aug
Venue: The Stand - Assembly Ballroom
Time: 9.00pm

TOM DEACON - Deaconator
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug
Venue: Pleasance Dome - Ten Dome
Time: 7.20pm

WITTANK
Dates: 1st Aug - 26th Aug (14th Aug off)
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard - Above
Time: 6.20pm


Notes to the Editor:

Avalon Edinburgh Comedy Award winners include:

1991 - FRANK SKINNER
1995 - JENNY ECLAIR
1999 - AL MURRAY
2001 - GARTH MARENGHI (MATTHEW HOLNESS, RICHARD AYOADE)
2005 - LAURA SOLON
2010 - RUSSELL KANE

Avalon Edinburgh Comedy Award - Best Newcomer winners include:

1992 - HARRY HILL
1998 - THE MIGHTY BOOSH
2010 - ROISIN CONATY

Major 2012 tours include:

ROISIN CONATY - Destiny’s Dickhead
GREG DAVIES - The Back of My Mum’s Head
JENNY ECLAIR - Eclairious
DAVE GORMAN - Powerpoint Presentation
RICHARD HERRING - What is Love Anyway?
RUSSELL KANE - Manscaping
AL MURRAY - The Only Way Is Epic
LEE NELSON - Lee Nelson Live
CHRIS RAMSEY - Offermation


AVALON PROMOTIONS


Avalon is one of the leading promoters of live comedy in the UK. Recent highlights include: RUSSELL HOWARD performing to over 240,000 fans with sell-out tour Right Here, Right Now; AL MURRAY’s triple extended show The Pub Landlord’s Beautiful British Tour, including London’s O2 arena; RUSSELL KANE becoming the only person to win both the Edinburgh Comedy Award and the Barry Award in the same year for Smokescreens and Castles; RICHARD HERRING returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his 20th year; DAVE GORMAN’s Barry Award nominated sell-out tour Powerpoint Presentation and GREG DAVIES’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated, triple-extended, 109 date sell-out show Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog.

Avalon has been presenting shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 1988, promoting more Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and nominees than any other company, including: CHRIS ADDISON, GREG DAVIES, DAVE GORMAN, HARRY HILL, RUSSELL HOWARD, RUSSELL KANE, THE MIGHTY BOOSH, AL MURRAY, KRISTEN SCHAAL & KURT BRAUNOHLER and FRANK SKINNER and two of only three female winners of the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award; JENNY ECLAIR and LAURA SOLON. Last year saw CHRIS RAMSEY nominated at the festival. Avalon has been presenting its new talent vehicle and the Fringe’s longest running stand-up showcase, The Comedy Zone, at the festival for the last 21 years, which has launched the careers of some of the biggest names in stand-up: DAVE GORMAN, HARRY HILL, RUSSELL HOWARD, MARK LAMARR, STEWART LEE, SIMON MUNNERY, AL MURRAY and ROSS NOBLE.

Avalon Promotions has staged major shows and tours including: NEWMAN & BADDIEL at Wembley, in the first ever arena show in the UK, which played to over 10,000 people in 1993, FRANK SKINNER’S Guinness World record-breaking performance to an audience of 6,000 (the biggest ever stand-up show at that time) at Battersea Power Station and Jerry Springer - The Opera which won 6 Oliviers, playing to audiences at the National Theatre, New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s West End and the Sydney Opera House.