Aberdeen Comedy Festival is returning: Here’s everything you need to know

Headliners for this year's show include Craig Campbell
Headliners for this year's show include Craig Campbell

A popular comedy festival will return to Aberdeen this autumn for a second year, bringing some of the best international and national acts to Aberdeen.

More than 50 events are planned around the city for 11 days in October, including free stand-up shows, comedy films screened at the Belmont Filmhouse, workshops and showcases of local talent.

Headliners this year include Craig Campbell who has been hailed as the ‘Canadian Billy Connolly’.

Scottish comedian Fred MacAulay, who performed at the festival last year, will make a return alongside other comedians, including Justin Moorhouse, Gary Delaney and Shazia Mirza – who have all recently featured on a range of panel shows on TV.

The festival is being put on by Aberdeen Inspired, the banner under which the Aberdeen BID (Business Improvement District) operates.

Its chief executive Adrian Watson said:

“We’re delighted to launch the second Aberdeen comedy festival following its tremendous success last year.

“It really captured the imagination and people turned out in strength for shows across the city centre.”

“Our aim is to provide the best comedy for both residents and visitors to Aberdeen to enjoy. We have some fantastic comedians already confirmed and the full line-up will be announced soon.”

“We hope the public will take the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic range of comedy which will be performed on their doorstep.”

Aberdeen Performing Arts’ director Ben Torrie said “We’re very excited to be supporting the Comedy Festival and we are looking forward to kicking things off with the gala launch night here at The Lemon Tree.”

The festival will run from October 5 to October 15.

Last year’s inaugural comedy festival was hailed a huge success.

More than 4,000 tickets were sold, making it the third biggest comedic event in Scotland.