2014 Edinburgh Fringe

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

Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! It's the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show - and It's Free!. Malcolm Hardee. Copyright: Film4 / BBC Films
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170: The Counting House

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Two hour charity variety show. Star names, Scottish National Russian Egg Roulette Championships, gross offensiveness, and nudity. Performers announced on www.malcolmhardee.co.uk/award. 'One of the top comedy events of the year' (Metro). 'Eclectic and bizarre' (Chortle.co.uk). 'The true anarchic spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe' (BBC News). 'A Malcolm Hardee award nomination is usually a sign that something interesting's happening' (Guardian). 'There are awards and then there's Malcolm Hardee' (STV). All money collected goes to Mama Biashara charity. Warning: May contain nuts. Daily blog at http://blog.thejohnfleming.com.

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Press articles

Malcolm Hardee Award Winners 2014

Candy Gigi, Christian Talbot and Luisa Omielan were named the winners at the Malcolm Hardee Awards 2014.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd August 2014

The John Fleming extended interview

Malcolm Hardee was a true original. A performer, a manager and a convicted car thief, he was one of the UK's very first alternative comedians. He died suddenly in January 2005 - whilst still in his 50's. For his one hundredth interview for Broadway Baby, Martin Walker talks to John Fleming about The Edinburgh Fringe, performing with Kate Copstick and keeping Malcolm's legacy alive.

Martin Walker, Broadway Baby, 18th June 2014

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It's the annual two hour charity variety show filled with bizarre acts 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

This year, the show will be hosted by Miss Behave and Janey Godley, with Scotsman critic Kate Copstick presenting the Awards. Acts will be announced nearer the date.

The show will also include the Scottish National Russian Egg Roulette Championships, in which famous comedians sit opposite each other at a table. On the table is a box of six eggs - five boiled, one raw. They smash the eggs onto their foreheads until the loser finds the raw egg. It is a knockout competition, supervised by Andy Dunlop, President of the World Egg Throwing Federation. www.eggthrowing.com Last year's contestants included Arthur Smith and Richard Herring.

The comedy awards themselves - which will be given until 2017 - celebrate the impact of the late 'godfather of British Alternative Comedy' - Malcolm Hardee - who drowned in 2005. Wikipedia

Shortlist announced: mid-afternoon on Tuesday 19th August

Winners announced: around midnight on Friday 22nd August during the Awards Show


Date Time Venue
22nd Aug 23:00 The Counting House

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