New comedy festival is coming to Crieff this summer

  • Crieff Comedy Festival – Before The Fringe promises 60+ comedy acts, four venues, three nights from July 26-28
  • Exclusive preview shows from top stars ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe

A fantastic new comedy festival is coming to Crieff this summer showcasing the very best international acts (Tom Stade, Tanyalee Davis, Brendon Burns) as well as the best of the UK comedy circuit, with Alan Bissett, Fern Brady, Mark Nelson and Raymond Mearns among the big-name stars taking to the stage.

Crieff Comedy Festival – Before The Fringe will feature a whopping 60-plus comedy acts, across four venues, over three nights, from Thursday, July 26 until Saturday, July 28.

There will be the chance to catch exclusive preview gigs from the likes of Gavin Webster, Lynn Ruth Miller, Mark Nelson, Raymond Mearns, Chris Forbes, Bruce Fummey and Bethany Black, ahead of their Edinburgh Fringe Shows in August.

Plus there’s musical comedy from Ruth E Cockburn, freestyle comedy rap from MC Hammersmith AND Alan Bissett will be bringing his award-winning, one-woman theatre show, The Moira Monologues, to the festival.

Comedians and festival compères, Jim McCreadie and Viv Gee officially launched the event with a fun-packed, joke-telling session in Crieff’s James Square this week.

Jim McCreadie said: “Crieff Comedy Festival – Before The Fringe is a little bit different in that as well as featuring many world class acts our audience will get the chance to see ‘Fringe Previews’ from many of our comedians as they present new material ahead of their Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows. It’s a unique opportunity to see these guys in an extremely relaxed and intimate environment prior to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe getting underway.”

He added: “Thanks to the support of our four brilliant venues – The Square Bar, The Tower, Crieff Golf Club and Morrison’s Academy – Before The Fringe will have something for everyone in what will be a top notch comedy festival.

“As well as exceptional performers, we will have great food and drink, children’s shows and a friendly vibe that will combine to create the best festival weekend of the summer.”

Crieff Comedy Festival – Before The Fringe is one of a number of exciting and successful projects being progressed by Crieff Succeeds BID (Business Improvement District), which launched a match-funded marketing campaign last autumn with support from VisitScotland Growth Fund to promote and develop Crieff as an attractive visitor destination.

Neil Combe, Manager of Crieff Succeeds BID, added: “I’d like to thank the team for all the hard work and effort they’ve put in to make Crieff Comedy Festival – Before The Fringe a reality. It’s a hugely exciting project and just one of the larger scale events Crieff BID has planned to raise awareness of our town and support and promote local business. We want to bring visitors to Crieff so everyone benefits.

“I want Crieff Comedy Festival – Before The Fringe to be more than a one-off. I want it to be a regular event bringing the community together through comedy and giving people a weekend they’ll never forget.”

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