Karen Koren: Anniversary special is star-studded

Greg McHugh as Gary. Pic: BBC
Greg McHugh as Gary. Pic: BBC
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Our Festival Fringe brochure has gone to print – thank goodness! It takes forever to get all the information and photos organised with the 654 shows that are contained within the brochure of 150 pages.

This is from the Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly and offers the best theatre, children’s shows, circus shows, cabaret, spoken word and comedy.

I would love to give away all the highlights, however, they don’t go on sale until May 11 and the brochure is launched proper on the May 20.

I will be the principle speaker on the four venues’ behalf at the launch, and not being a great public speaker I am pretty nervous about it. Still, there is lots to talk about and I will do my best.

Some shows are on sale already and I am excited about my programme this year, as it is our 30th anniversary and we are presenting a special 30th Anniversary Comedy Gala at the Playhouse Theatre, with some of our favourite comics who started their early careers at the Gilded Balloon.

Fred Macaulay and Adam Hills will be hosting the show and already confirmed are Johnny Vegas, Alan Davies, Ed Byrne, Tommy Tiernan, Umbilical Brothers, Aisling Bea, Barry Cryer, Stephen K Amos, Boy with Tape on his Face and a very rare appearance by Greg McHugh as Gary Tank Commander.

There will be more performers to be announced, it all depends on their schedules. However, Ross Noble is completing a tour of ‘The Producers’ and will be there if he can. here is also a possibility that Eddie Izzard will be in town and will be able to appear.

Jo Brand would love to have been a part of the Comedy Gala, but she is recording a new television show at the time.

She will, however, be up the week after to perform three shows at the Gilded Balloon, which is really great. Looking forward to catching up with her and seeing her shows.