Five things to see at . . . That’s Fife! Comedy Festival

From an innovative ventriloquist to an anarchist cook, Fife lays out some top comedy in April

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Five things to see at . . . That’s Fife! Comedy Festival

George Egg

Sandwiched in between the Glasgow and Edinburgh comedy festival bonanzas is That's Fife! – very fine month-long offering. Here we take a peek at five highlights from their star-studded programme.

1. Nina Conti
Ventriloquism has had a patchy reputation down the years but Conti is one of those acts (Zerdin and Strassman are two others) who have helped push the genre into intriguing areas. With her latest show, In Your Face, Tom’s daughter straps a mask onto audience members and plays them for our entertainment. It’s not as terrifying as it sounds. Or is it … ?
Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Sat 16 Apr

2. Fred MacAulay
The popular gagster has used this last year of being off the radio to enjoy getting back to what he has always done best. Creating joke-filled stand-up shows with a point. Life is his somewhat broad topic here.
Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Wed 13 Apr

3. Photography exhibitions
For some people, the best kind of comedian is a silent one. So, they’ll be thrilled at two free exhibitions featuring an array of acts captured by the brilliant Pål Hansen (Glenrothes) and the equally superb Steve Ullathorne (Kirkcaldy).
Rothes Halls, Glenrothes; Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, Fri 1–Sat 30 Apr

4. George Egg
Quite literally cooking up a storm, Mr Egg goes around the nation’s hotels and uses the contents of his room (trouser press, pillows, coat hangers etc) to create incredible dishes. Here, he’ll knock up a three-course meal that might make you never want to dine on room service ever again.
Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Fri 15 Apr; Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, Sat 16 Apr.

5. Chris Ramsey
Having recently survived a scary case of mistaken identity at the hands of London’s boys and girls in blue, the Geordie will be pleased to simply get back onto the nation’s stages and doing his stand-up thing. For this show, he’s on tip-top form discussing what it means to be a dad and a husband when acting like a responsible adult is often the last thing on his mind.
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, Sun 17 Apr

That’s Fife! Comedy Festival runs from Fri 1–Sat 30 Apr

Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up

Upbeat anecdotes, feelgood humour and witty observations inspired by being Ramsey's realisation that he's not a kid anymore.

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 6 May 2017

£17.50–£25 / 0844 493 6666

O2 Academy Leicester

Sun 2 Apr 2017

£22 / 0844 477 2000

George Egg: Anarchist Cook

Possibly the actual definition of anarchic: George Egg creates full-blown meals from only stuff available in hotel rooms.

Braintree Arts Theatre

Fri 17 Mar 2017

£12 (£10) / 01376 556354

The Foundling Museum, London WC1N

Thu 15 Dec

£15 / 020 7841 3600

The Sage Gateshead

Tue 20 Dec

Sage Two

£13.44 / 0191 443 4661

That's Fife

The kingdom pulls in some impressive names for its comedy festival. Headliners this year include Ardal O’Hanlon, Ed Byrne, Fred MacAulay and Kevin MacMahon.

Various venues: Fife

Sat 1 Apr 2017

Times & prices vary

Sun 2 Apr 2017

Times & prices vary

Mon 3 Apr 2017

Times & prices vary

…and 27 more dates until 30 Apr 2017

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Improvised comic ventriloquism from Conti, who manages to weave humour and poignancy into her shows. Her puppet creations include Monk (a cynical monkey) and Granny (an elder Scotswoman).

Fred MacAulay: Life

MacAulay ponders that ever-ponderable topic – life – in a show he thinks is philosophical, but definitely is satirical and very funny.

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