Ben Elton has announced his first UK stand-up tour in 15 years – kicking off the 2019 Aberdeen Comedy Festival as part of the 53-date run.
The comedian’s tour will begin in Dublin on September 27 and continue around the UK.
Elton, who shot to fame more than 30 years ago hosting Channel 4’s ‘Saturday Live’ will perform at Aberdeen’s Music Hall on October 3 next year.
Presented by Aberdeen Performing Arts, Ben Elton’s date joins Aberdeen Inspired’s stellar comedy festival line-up for 2019 which includes stand-up comedians Jimeoin and Daniel Sloss.
The comedy festival shines a spotlight on local talent as well as showcasing the best acts on both the national and international comedy circuit.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “It is a huge coup for the city, Aberdeen Comedy Festival and APA to have secured such a big name.
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“Being a part of Ben’s return to stand-up is a tremendous honour and we are very much looking forward to him being the opening act at our fourth festival.
“We are committed to delivering a world class festival and this announcement, alongside Daniel Sloss and Jimeoin, reinforces our ambitions for 2019, making this the biggest and best celebration of comedy the north-east has ever seen.”
Ben Torrie, director of programming & creative projects at Aberdeen Performing Arts, said: “We can’t wait to see Ben Elton make his return to comedy and are thrilled that Aberdeen and the wonderfully restored Music Hall will play a part in his 2019 UK tour.”
Aberdeen Comedy Festival will run at a multitude of city venues, bars and clubs over the course of 11 days from Thursday October 3 until Sunday October 13 2019.
Tickets for Ben Elton’s show are priced at £29.50 (plus booking fee) and go on general sale on Monday December 10 at 10am.
For more information go to www.aberdeencomedyfestival.com or call Aberdeen Performing Arts box office on 01224 641122.