Karen Koren: London launch for new Fringe line-up

'Eric and Little Ern'. Eric is played by Jonty Stephens and Ernie is Ian Ashpitel. Pic: Jane Barlow
'Eric and Little Ern'. Eric is played by Jonty Stephens and Ernie is Ian Ashpitel. Pic: Jane Barlow
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I am in London today to launch the combined venue brochure for Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly. We are launching the brochure at Soho Theatre, who present a lot of their work at our venues.

Tickets for our shows go on sale today and it is an exciting time to see what the public think of what is on offer in August. This is the first time we have launched the brochure in London. We are doing this to get more of a profile in different parts of the UK in order to attract more visitors in August. My programme is very exciting, with shows from all over the globe. A welcome return this year is the Umbilical Brothers with their new show, Kidshow (Not Suitable For Children) – sounds confusing but a brilliant show, which I saw in Melbourne.

Axis of Awesome are back; there is a show from Italy called Sonics, who have breathtaking acrobatic skills, and the Japanese Gamarjobat return with their original show for all the family.

There are strong theatre productions with the welcome return of Eric and Little Ern, where Jonty Stephens plays a remarkably accurate Eric Morecambe and Ian Ashpitel as an equally impressive Ernie Wise.

Kiss Me Honey, Honey will be reprised for one week, starring Grant Stott and Andy Gray.

The comedy programme has many delights. One of the most exciting is American Tom Rhodes, a talented stand-up who has been performing comedy for over 30 years, and makes his first foray into the Fringe.

Others are Zoe Lyons, Justin Moorhouse, Celia Pacquola, Kai Humphries, Patrick Monahan, New Zealander Cal Wilson, Mark Nelson, German Michael Mittermeier and the brilliant Rubber Bandits. There will also be Scotland Stands Up, in this year of referendum.

With more than 110 shows each day at the Gilded Balloon, check our website for a list of all the shows.