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Comedy night set to raise the roof

By David Porter

A COMEDY night is to take place in Inverurie, with funds going towards the restoration of a north-east castle.

Organised by Braemar Community Limited, the event will raise money for the Braemar Castle, Raising the Standard Appeal, which is looking to raise £500,000 for urgent repairs for the iconic building.

Four comedians will keep the audience entertained, including Chris Forbes (MC for the night).

Star of BBC Scotland's Scot Squad and The Farm, award-winning comedian Chris Forbes is one of the most in demand comics in Scotland.

As well as being a regular on the UK comedy circuit, Forbes has gigged all over the world and supported Kevin Bridges on tour.

Chris’s other TV credits include Jonathan Creek and Mountain Goats on BBC One and Only An Excuse on BBC Scotland.

He also featured in BBC Three’s Badults and received a BBC commission for his much praised comedy character, Damien Crow.

Joining him is Jim Smith who after catching the comedy bug writing sketches for the Young Farmers

panto and making his comedy debut five years ago, is now one of Scotland's fastest rising comedy stars.

Still a working farmer in Perthshire, Jim's unique insight into rural living coupled with his sharp observational humour, has allowed him to create hilarious shows from his day to day life.

Fermer Jim’ – as he is often characterised by the popular BBC series The Farm has been a huge success on BBC iPlayer, along with Jim’s Farm Diaries and guest appearances on Scottish tv shows, giving viewers a hilarious insight in to daily life of Scottish farmers.

Jim’s success on the comedy circuit has catapulted him to fame over the last two years and his Back to the Teuchter tour was a sell-out across Scotland, which resulted in extra performances being added on towards the end of the year to meet demand.

With two sell out Fringe runs under his belt, when he's not on the farm, Jim is in demand as a performer all over Scotland.

TV and radio credits include BBC Scotland's Breaking The News and Scot Squad and BBC Short Stuff's The Farm Diaries.

Also on the line up is Scott Agnew, a Glaswegian critically acclaimed stand-up comedian and compere performing around the UK and internationally.

The previous Scottish Comedian of the Year has entertained up and down the UK and internationally and in the past has supported Kevin Bridges, Sean Hughes and Jim Jeffries.

Completing the quartet is Elaine Malcolmson, who was born and raised in Northern Ireland, and now lives in Glasgow via a stint in Wales.

Elaine is known for her deliciously dry humour and original take on everything from current affairs to colouring in.

A Scottish Variety Award nominee, Elaine’s TV and radio work includes BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News and Soft Border Patrol, BBC Radio Scotland's A Funny Kind of Life and Death and Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio 4 Extra 4 Stands Up and BBC Two's What Women Want.

The event will take place at Inverurie Town Hall on Friday, November 8, with doors opening at 6.30pm.

To buy tickets, go to www.eventbrite.co.uk.

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