Comedy legend Ben Elton will open next year’s Aberdeen Comedy Festival as he returns to stand-up after 15 years, it was announced today.
He will headline the 2019 festival at the Music Hall, with tickets for the October 3 show expected to be snapped up when they go on sale on Monday.
Ben, who shot to fame more than 30 years ago hosting Channel 4’s groundbreaking Saturday Live show, said he aims to make sense of a world that seems to have gone mad during his 53-date national tour.
He said: “The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn.”
Presented by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA), Ben is joining Aberdeen Inspired’s comedy festival line-up for next year, which already includes stars Daniel Sloss and Jimeoin.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “It is a huge coup for the city, Aberdeen Comedy Festival and APA to have secured such a big name.
“Being a part of Ben’s return to stand-up is a tremendous honour and we are very much looking forward to him being the opening act at our fourth festival.”
Adrian said the announcement underlined the drive to make 2019 the biggest and best celebration of comedy the north-east has seen.
Ben Torrie, director of programming and creative projects at APA, said he was thrilled Aberdeen and the restored Music Hall will play a part in Ben’s 2019 UK tour.
“We are proud to be hosting such a prestigious comic and are sure that this will be an opening act to the festival that no one will want to miss.”
As well as Saturday Live, Ben starred in his own BBC show, The Man From Auntie and co-wrote three of the Blackadder series with Richard Curtis. He is an established best-selling novelist with 15 books to his credit.
Ben has also written for stage plays and musicals, including the Queen-inspired We Will Rock You.