Kitson takes a Stand

Perrier-winner 'hides from audiences'

Former Perrier-winner Daniel Kitson is shunning the biggest Edinburgh venues this year, in favour of the intimate Stand comedy club.

The stand-up, who played the large Pod marquee last year, has instead chosen a room with about a third the capacity.

Indeed, the programme blurb for his 11pm show, says Kitson “returns to Edinburgh determined to hide from audiences, critics and any sort of tangible success”.

His decision is likely to be fuelled by the Stand’s dislike of the competitive element of the Perrier, which echo Kitson’s own much-publicised contempt for the award.

The Stand has also attracted a number of other well-respected names this year, with Simon Munnery, Norman Lovett and Arnold Brown all performing their shows there.

Meanwhile, comedy agency Avalon has announced its Fringe roster.

As previously reported, Jenny Eclair, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring will all be making Edinburgh returns.

Also performing solo shows are Dan Antopolski, Chris Addison and Rob Deering; while political comics Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver combine for a two-hander.

Published: 14 May 2004

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