Scottish comic George Donald dies at 79

A tight 5: October 1

SCOTTISH comedian George Donald – part of the Scotland The What? sketch show – has died at the age of 79 at his home in Perth. Pianist Donaldson toured Scotland with William ‘Buff’ Hardie and the late Steve Robertson from 1969, when they were spotted at the Edinburgh Fringe, through to the Nineties. Aberdeen City Council say they will be flying their flag at half mast as a mark of respect for Donald.  

EDINBURGH Comedy Award-winner Bridget Christie is to be one of the headliners of a festival of feminism in London later this month. She will perform her equality-themed show A Bic For Her at the Calm Down, Dear event at the Luisa Omielan and Rosie Wilby.

JIMMY CARR has announced his first ever antipodean tour, with dates of his Gagging Order tour in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Wellington and Auckland in January.

MUSICAL comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates – aka Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome – have been given their own TV series. The pair’s show will air on the IFC network, home of cult sketch show Portlandia and Mark Maron’s self-titled show, in 2014.

EDINBURGH Comedy Award nominated double act Max And Ivan have been named as one of this year’s Soho Six – half a dozen writers and artists who will receive help from London’s Soho Theatre to develop their work. Previous recipients include Shappi Khorsandi.

Published: 1 Oct 2013

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