Stand-up for Russia and PaulMooners celebrate good causes at the Fringe 2013

This article is from 2013

Stand-up for Russia and PaulMooners celebrate good causes at the Fringe 2013

John Bishop, Ed Byrne, Stephen K Amos and Joe Lycett among charitable comedy performers

Not only does the Fringe Festival offer the chance to see a seemingly endless list of rip-roaring comedy shows, it’s also a great opportunity for acts to raise awareness about important issues and causes. Here are the two biggies approaching this week.

PaulMooners, A Fullmooners Moontacular 

This week a benefit gig is being thrown for the highly regarded comedy director, Paul Byrne, who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and is currently undergoing treatment in London. The line-up includes a bevy of famous faces such as John Bishop, Ed Byrne, Marcus Brigstocke and Andrew Maxwell. Almost guaranteed laughs and all for a good cause, does it get much better?

McEwan Hall, 08445 458 252, Wed 21 Aug, 11.59pm, £15.

Stand-up for Russia

Ever since the Russian government passed an anti-gay bill earlier this year there has been a significant rise in homophobic attacks and discrimination in the country. To protest the ruling a group of stand-up performers have come together to put on an LGBT rights comedy gig here at the festival. It is due to take place outside the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh this Thursday with appearances from Fringe favourites Stephen K Amos, Joe Lycett and Zoe Lyons. For the fantastic and enticing price tag of £0.00 you can pop along to show your support.

Consulate General of the Russian Federation, Thu 22 Aug, 2.30pm, free.