Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! Free! It's the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show

Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! Free! It's the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show. Copyright: Peter Rogers Productions.

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Comedy performed on the following days in August 2013...

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Two hour charity variety show. Presentation of three annual Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards. Star names, spaghetti juggling, Russian Egg Roulette Championships, gross offensiveness, nudity. Performers announced nearer the date. Previous Malcolm Hardee tribute shows included Jo Brand, Jimmy Carr, Jools Holland, Stewart Lee, Johnny Vegas. 'One of the top comedy events of the year' (Metro). 'Eclectic and bizarre' ( 'The true anarchic spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe' (BBC News). 'There are awards and then there's Malcolm Hardee' (STV). All money collected goes to Mama Biashara charity.

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Full press release

It's the annual two hour charity variety show which includes the presentation of three annual Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards -

The Malcolm Hardee Award For Comic Originality

The Malcolm Hardee Cunning Stunt Award (for best Fringe publicity stunt)

The Malcolm Hardee 'Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid' Award

The awards celebrate the impact of the late 'godfather of British Alternative Comedy - Malcolm Hardee - who drowned in 2005.

Shortlist announced: mid-afternoon on Tuesday 20th August

Winners announced: around midnight on Friday 23rd August during the Awards Show

Past winners are listed on

This year's show will include the normal as-yet-unbooked star names, bizarre variety acts and the return of spaghetti juggling... plus the Scottish national Russian Egg Roulette Championships - instead of holding a gun to the head, two competitors face each other across a table and smash hard-boiled eggs on their foreheads BUT one of the eggs is raw not hard-boiled! The loser gets messy.

Performers will be announced nearer the date on a new Malcolm Hardee website to be unveiled at the start of the Fringe. Previous Malcolm Hardee tribute shows have included Jo Brand, Jimmy Carr, Jools Holland, Stewart Lee, Johnny Vegas et al.

Also promised and usually delivered is gross offensiveness and nudity, with the Greatest Show On Legs again re-creating their Naked Balloon Dance.

The Awards Show is part of the Laughing Horse Free Festival, with the audience encouraged to donate money when they leave. A full 100% of all money collected (with no deductions of any kind) goes to the Mama Biashara charity run by The Scotsman's comedy critic Kate Copstick.

This year, the Just The Greatest comedy audio label is kindly donating a lump sum to cover the cost of designing, printing and distributing flyers and posters; paying for sound and lighting technicians; and engraving the trophies. A full 100% of any money left over will be donated to the Mama Biashara charity.

NB: Given the late Malcolm Hardee's rather dodgy reputation for handling money, it is worth emphasising... No personal costs are being covered. Only direct show and publicity costs. No transport; no accommodation costs. Nowt except flyers, posters, techies and engraving. And, for example, the double-sided flyers are only sponsored 50% (for the Malcolm Hardee side) - the other side is paid for out of organiser John Fleming's pocket). "Even from beyond the grave, Malcolm is losing me money..."