Festival Of One Liners brings new life to Edinburgh Odeon Cinema

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Festival Of One Liners brings new life to Edinburgh Odeon Cinema

A new annual Festival Of One Liners has been announced for Edinburgh. It will take place within a refurbished Odeon Cinema on Clerk Street, Edinburgh which will be purchased by the organisation behind the festival.

A new annual Festival Of One Liners has been announced for Edinburgh. It will take place within a refurbished Odeon Cinema on Clerk Street, Edinburgh which will be purchased by the organisation behind the festival. Patrons behind the festival include Billy Connolly and JK Rowling.

Taking place over three weeks during August alongside the International Festival, Festival Fringe, Book Festival, Comedy Festival, Art Festival, Jazz and Blues Festival, Festival of Politics, Festival of Spirituality and Peace, Television Festival and the Festival of Marketing, the new festival is independent of these groups, and limited wholly to the comedic one-liner oeuvre. Outwith the duration of the festival, the festival's headquarters will be a museum of one-liners, preserving and archiving thousands of contributions to the genre through history from professional comedians, members of the public and others.

Programme highlights include live 'Strictly One Liner' sets from Dave Gorman, Jenny Eclair and Jimmy Carr. David Blaine will also be performing, although details on his performance are unclear. A dedicated projection screen installation entitled Harder Better Faster Stronger Twitter in the former auditorium will featuring up-to-the-minute contributions from the leading social network service.

A weekend within the programme will celebrate established two-liner formats including the 'Did you hear about the ...', 'What you you get if you cross a ...' formats. A leaked email from organisers states that future multi-liner formats "had not been ruled out", giving hope to campaigning groups for the inclusion of 'Knock Knock' and 'A man walk into a bar' formats.

The new addition to the Edinburgh Festivals calendar is the brainchild of Edinburgh comedy promoter Joseph King. The festival's primary patrons are Billy Connolly and JK Rowling, two of Scotland's most successful exports. Connolly, although originally from Glasgow, is one of the world's most successful comedians, who in 2008 became the first comedian to perform at the Queen's Royal Garden Party at Holyrood, where he re-enacted scenes from Scottish history via the medium of mime including The Highland Clearances, the birth of Thomas Tunnock, Archie Gemmel's goal in 1978 World Cup and the 2006 introduction of the Smoking Ban.

Rowling famously wrote the first of her Harry Potter books in a cafe on Clerk Street close to the Festival's headquarters in the former Odeon Cinema, and is keen to support the regeneration of the area, which has since been over-run by city-dwelling residents seeking peace and quiet. Rowling recently turned down a request from Edinburgh council to rebrand the Scott Monument as Potter's Wand, a plan involving painting the whole structure black apart from the top ten metres which would be painted white. The plan is believed to have originated from a dream had by a member of the project management team of the city's beleaguered tram works, who was told in 'a vision' that this was the best way to ensure the project came in on time and on budget and with the requisite number of tramlines.

For full details see the F.O.O.L. website at www.festivalofoneliners.co.uk.

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