Five things to see at Aberdeen Comedy Festival

Photo: Eleanor Conway

Photo: Eleanor Conway


If you missed out on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year, or are just in need of a good laugh, we’ve got the perfect solution. Aberdeen Comedy Festival is bringing some of the top names in comedy to the city, and there are plenty of shows and events to see.

The festival is running from 4 to 13 October at venues across Aberdeen, and here’s our pick of what to see this week.

Scottish Comedy Showcase: Funny Lassies

Expect lots of laughs at this compilation show which features several up-and-coming female comedians on the Scottish circuit. The three fiesty women sharing the bill - Lady Shona, Natalie Sweeney and Lubna Kerr - have combined clever writing and storytelling with razor-sharp delivery for an evening of memorable stand-up.

Monday 8 October, 9pm - The Mercure Caledonian Hotel, AB10 1WE

Eleanor Conway: Walk of Shame 2

Eleanor Conway’s show is described as a coming of age tale, two decades too late. Featuring scarily relatable gags about the realisation that you’re too old to party your way through life any more, this show is not to be missed. The show is a follow up to her award-winning Walk of Shame show, but it’s not necessary to have seen the first one to enjoy the sequel.

Tuesday 9 October, 7pm - Rye & Soda, AB10 1LB

Film Screening: Spice World

Finally, Spice World getting the recognition it deserves as a generation-defining work of comedy genius. That might be a slight exaggeration, but Spice World is a charming comedy caper that brings back all kinds of ‘90s nostalgia. The Belmont Filmhouse are holding a special screening of the film as part of Aberdeen Comedy Festival on Wednesday evening - platforms optional.

Wednesday 10 October, 8.30pm - Belmont Filmhouse, AB10 1JS

Tiff Stevenson: Bombshell

You might recognise critically acclaimed stand-up Tiff Stevenson from TV shows like Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and People Just Do Nothing, and now she’s bringing her latest show to Aberdeen. Get ready for an hour of laugh-out-loud comedy from this funny lady, who describes herself as a cross between Sylvia Plath and Beyonce.

Thursday 11 October, 8pm - The Carmelite Hotel, AB11 6JU

David O’Doherty: You Have To Laugh

A familiar face from TV, David O’Doherty is even funnier in real life than he is on the small screen. Armed only with a rubbish portable keyboard from 1986, O’Doherty will charm you with hilarious songs and stories from his life.

Friday 12 & Saturday 13 October, 8pm - The Tivoli Theatre, AB11 6NB

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