Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Comedy Festival's Triple Bill of Local Laughter; A Trio of Well-Known Comedians in This Region Are about to Tread the Boards at the Edinburgh Fringe. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Comedy Festival's Triple Bill of Local Laughter; A Trio of Well-Known Comedians in This Region Are about to Tread the Boards at the Edinburgh Fringe. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details

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Byline: GORDON BARR

ALFIE Joey, Seymour Mace and John Scott - all well-known names on the North East comedy circuit.

Later this month, the trio of funnymen will be heading north of the border to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe.

Alfie will perform Monopolise at the Pleasance Courtyard for just one night only - August 22.

It is murder most 'monopolous' as a killer is at large working his way around the streets of a popular board game.

Can song and dance detective Lucky Schwartz catch the murderer before the audience has worked out whodunnit? Alfie Joey's one-off, one-man comedy musical has a sprinkling of Fred Astaire and Mel Brooks-style numbers, plus a dash of Rat Pack seasoning. It is suitable for all the family and promises thrills and silly spills.

Alfie Joey is host of BBC Newcastle's breakfast show and star of BBC3 sitcom Ideal, with Johnny Vegas.

Alfie, who has written for Jason Manford and shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats, co-wrote and performs Monopolise, his fourth Edinburgh Fringe show.

Seymour Mace will perform Happypotamus at The Stand from tomorrow until August 28.

The comedian himself explains all: "I'm Seymour Mace and I'm not happy. I realised this at last year's Edinburgh Festival. Problems with my venue, my agent and my comedy, not to mention being finally killed off at the end of series six of Ideal all conspired to lead me to the brink of a nervous breakdown. As my work crumbled I looked around for something else to grasp but there seemed to be nothing.

"I'd spent my life making other people laugh but now doubted whether I'd ever made anyone happy, so resolved to investigate happiness. Was it achievable or just a pipe dream in a world that is ultimately bleak? "So Happypotamus was to be the culmination of my triumphant travels back to happiness.

"The show will feature my struggle to get happy while discovering the dark side of happiness and why it's harder than we might think to achieve. …

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