Aberdeen International Comedy Festival to return next year

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Following the success of this year’s Aberdeen International Comedy Festival, organizers have announced plans to return in 2023 – with headline titles set to be announced soon.

Over the course of 11 days (October 6-16), Aberdeen audiences were treated to 43 concerts by over 60 comedians this year, with 15 sold-out shows.

Flagship titles included popular TV comics such as Jack Dee, Harry Hill, David O’Doherty and Milton Jones, as well as many new faces on the comedy circuit including Stuart McPherson, Krystal Evans, Daniel Petrie and Liam Farrelly .

Festival director Shona Byrne said: “It was great to see so many people in the city center laughing. We have attracted audiences from all over with visitors looking for Singapore comedy, as well as locals and locals.

David O’Doherty was delighted to return to the Aberdeen International Comedy Festival.

“This year’s festival was another step on the road to downtown recovery and we are delighted that the comedy festival continues to grow and become a central and popular event on the city’s cultural calendar.”

7,000 people enjoyed the Aberdeen International Comedy Festival

Attracting over 7,000 people to the city over its 11 days, audience numbers for the main festival period were down slightly, but mirrored the downward trend reported by others, such as the famous Edinburgh Fringe.

However, when the audience figures for headliners Katherine Ryan and Jon Richardson – who had to reschedule their dates outside of the main festival period – are factored in, attendance tops the 10,000 mark and tops that from three years ago.

The festival which opened on October 6th closed on Sunday October 16th with two sold-out shows.

One-liner king Milton Jones provided a great evening of comedy at the Aberdeen International Comedy Festival
King of one-liners Milton Jones brought a great evening of comedy to Aberdeen. Photo by Aemen Sukkar.

Milton Jones brought his extraordinary show Milton: Impossible to The Tivoli, delivering witty one-liners about his life as a spy. Cleverly crafted and well-written, it was an absolute triumph with the audience of 500, closing the festival.

The festival which opened on October 6th closed on Sunday October 16th with two sold-out shows.

Milton Jones brought his extraordinary show Milton: Impossible to The Tivoli, delivering witty one-liners about his life as a spy. Cleverly crafted and well-written, it was an absolute triumph with the audience of 500, closing the festival.

Daniel Sloss urges people to support Aberdeen Comedy Festival

Daniel Sloss will soon be back at the 2022 Aberdeen International Comedy Festival

Daniel Sloss. Photo by Kenny Smith/DCT Media.Netflix sensation Daniel Sloss and Geordie comedian Kai Humphries encouraged audiences to “keep coming back and telling others how great it is to have a comedy festival in Aberdeen” because it would only get bigger and better with their support.

Aberdeen International Comedy Festival returns on September 30 for 10 days. The organizers of Aberdeen Inspired should make announcements of key acts very soon.


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