Terrorism fears hit comedy festival

Comic drops out

The Manchester Comedy Festival has been affected by the terrorist attacks in the United States.

Irish comedian Jimeoin, has already cancelled his appearance due to concerns over airline security.

Don Ward, founder of The Comedy Store, which is organising the event, said: "This is evidence of how wide-reaching the effects of this tragedy is.

"Jimeoin actually lives in Australia but because his appearance at Manchester Comedy Festival is part of a global tour, when he is scheduled to perform in Dubai, Ireland and New York, he has been forced to change his plans."

Festival organisers also say the line-up for Stand Up USA, due to be staged on October 3 is likely to change. Some of the acts due to appear on the bill were to be flown in from the US

Ward added: "It is unfortunate that we may not be joined by some of the American acts scheduled to perform. Although they will be missed, Manchester Comedy Festival is still going to be the biggest and best comedy event in Manchester this year."

Published: 19 Sep 2001

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