Hugh Grant barred from Fringe venue

Bouncers turn him away from stand-up show

Hugh Grant was turned away from a comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe last night – thanks to overzealous bouncers.

The movie star turned up to see acclaimed American stand-up Eddie Pepitone at the Tron pub, but was denied entry when his friends couldn’t provide ID.

The group of 11 had arrived at the popular student haunt just before the 11.40pm show, but Grant’s friends did not have any ID on them.

Pepitone’s publicist tried to talk the doormen around, but said: ‘The bouncers were very rude to him, his friends and me, refusing point blank to let them in. They then refused to let me back in too.’

Comedy club Just The Tonic is running shows in the Tron’s basement during the festival – and bouncers have previously barred promoter Darrell Martin from entering shows there, too.

Published: 18 Aug 2012

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