Ms Samantha Mann - at Underground Venues this July
In a growing comedy section at Buxton Festival Fringe, character comedians are proving a star attraction.
Multi award-winning Charles Adrian becomes spinster librarian Ms Samantha Mann delivering invaluable advice to the audience in her show Behind the Agony. Cutlery safety advisor and Buxton Fringe Comedy Award nominee Ian Crawford believes he can save lives with his show Accident Avoidance Training for Cutlery Users - Level 2. Audiences can let their hair down with Jay Bennett aka power balladeer Yasmine in An Audience with Yasmine Day.
Several performers are able to create multiple characters. BBC Three comedian David McIver pulls this off in his defiantly silly show David McIver Is A Nice Little Man, while Omar Ibrahim: Cosmic Clown offers a fusion of characters, stand up and some unexpected dancing. Returning to the Fringe with a brand new programme is James Hurn paying tribute to a classic comedy show in Hancock and Co - One Man, Many Voices.
Adding some welcome eccentricity is all-singing, all-crazy Mr Twonkey in Twonkey’s Night Train to Leichtenstein and Fringe award-nominated Covent Garden star Mike Raffone whose Brain Rinse, featuring a host of different characters, is bound to bring out your inner ninja.
The comedy category at this year’s Buxton Festival Fringe is the biggest ever with 42 separate events. See the Fringe programme online for full details of everything in this exciting section.
Fringe chair Keith Savage says: “With a comedy section bigger than ever it will be interesting to see what this year's performers choose to focus on. Will they be tired of Brexit and Trump - whose UK visit coincides with the Festival - or will they take a more sideways, more personal look at the world? It is often said that laughter is the best medicine, but do we know what the illness is?"
The Fringe wishes to thank its sponsor The University of Derby as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.