The household names set to bring the laughs at Aberdeen Comedy Festival

Craig Campbell will headline the launch of the Aberdeen Comedy Festival.
Craig Campbell will headline the launch of the Aberdeen Comedy Festival.

A stand-up selection of household names will perform at this year’s Aberdeen Comedy Festival.

The 10-day festival, organised by Aberdeen Inspired, runs from October 5 and features more than 50 shows at 20 city centre venues.

Described as the Canadian Billy Connolly, Craig Campbell will headline the launch of the festival at the Lemon Tree in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Scottish favourite Fred MacAulay, who performed at the festival last year, will make a return alongside other comedians, including Daliso Chaponda who reached the finals of Britain’s Got Talent this year, Justin Moorhouse, Gary Delaney, Andrew Maxwell and Shazia Mirza.

The festival, which is becoming a firm fixture on the Aberdeen comedy scene, will also include free stand-up shows, comedy workshops for children and adults, kids shows, local talent showcases and comedy films screened at the Belmont Filmhouse.

The programme also includes solo stand-up performances as well as mixed bill shows where several comedians take to the stage.

Free lunchtime shows will be held at McGinty’s at 1pm on October 10 and 11.

Lunchtime Laughs, which are suitable for those aged 18 and over, will feature Scottish comedians Rosco McClelland, Gary Faulds, Gareth Mutch and Ross Leslie.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The first Aberdeen Comedy Festival was a tremendous success and we’re delighted to have another fantastic line-up of comedians for the public to enjoy this year.

“There was a great buzz in the city centre during the festival and we received a lot of positive feedback from the public and city centre businesses who saw an increase in trade through hosting stand-up shows.

“A lot of work has been done to organise the festival this year and I’m sure the public will want to take advantage of this opportunity to see an impressive range of comedians in the city centre.”

Tickets for the festival, which has been organised with programming partner Breakneck Comedy, can be bought at The Lemon Tree or HMT Box Offices as well as online via the Aberdeen Box Office website or from