Sat 14 Oct 2017 @Central Hall, Edinburgh
Punchline Comedy will be bringing another of their occasional gala events to Edinburgh on 14th October. The venue is Central Hall in Tollcross, the first night of comedy there since it was renovated in 2012. The Gala will be hosted by Nish Kumar and headlined by Anna Devitt. The line-up also includes Jamie MacDonald and Chris Betts.
Host Nish Kumar is now firmly established as an Edinburgh Fringe highlight over five solo shows, claiming Comedy Awards nominations in 2015 and 2016. Nish was however conspicuous by his absence at this year’s festival. He’s stayed busy though, acting as a regular contributor to the iconic Bugle podcast with Andy Zaltzman, hosting The Mash Report on BBC2, and appearing on Taskmaster.
Anna Devitt is a thoroughly busy performer on the UK circuit, has won Fosters’ Funny’s Funny competition, best new comic at the Scottish Variety Awards in 2013, was a semi-finalist of Funny Woman of the Year 2012. She’s also an actress, playwright and entrepreneur. She’s been described as a female successor to Frankie Boyle, full of confidence and a master of audience interaction.
Jamie McDonald’s Facebook profile promotes himself as ‘That Funny Blind Guy,’ and his Fringe show Designated Driver took in his experiences with a degenerative retinal condition, as well as drinking stories featuring a wedding full of Polish men and a train full of Glaswegian women. The Sunday Herald has, well, heralded him as, ‘one of the funniest Scots on the circuit.’
Opening the show will be the genial, prodigiously-bearded Canadian Chris Betts. Fresh off the back of a run at The Pleasance with his show Bewilderbeest, expect his own brand of reasoned randomness, with a particular fondness for prodding at society’s taboos. An established act on the circuit, he’s also appeared in the Telegraph‘s picks for Top 20 Jokes of the Fringe.
Tickets are £18.50 and are available here. Please note that the Central Hall is not fully licensed so remember to Bring Your Own Bottle.