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

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

George Egg

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

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

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Chris Ramsey: Just Happy to Get Out of the House

The genial Geordie brings his Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show to the masses. Featuring tales of fatherhood, following your dreams, how to be a gentleman and what not to do in life.

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Sun 21 Nov

£24.64 / 01383 740384

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sat 5 Feb 2022

Sold out / 01256 844244

Bedford Corn Exchange

Sat 2 Oct

£24.64 / 01234 325358

Wed 2 Mar 2022

£24.64 / 01234 325358

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Nina Conti: The Dating Show

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).

Alban Arena, St Albans

Tue 2 Nov

£26.40 / 01727 844488

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Sat 29 Jan 2022

£25 / 01383 740384

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Thu 4 Nov

£30.95 / 01892 530613

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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.

Fred MacAulay: Life

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

George Egg: Anarchist Cook

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

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