The line-up for the 2019 Pleasance Comedy Reserve show has been revealed.
Josh Jones, Mamoun Elagab, Lily Phillips and Mo Omar are the four stand-up comedians selected to take part in the month-long showcase at the Edinburgh Festival in August, supported by the Charlie Hartill Special Comedy Reserve Fund.
Talking about the fund, The Pleasance confirms: "This year, after stiff competition, it has been awarded to Josh Jones, Mamoun Elagab, Lily Phillips and Mo Omar, providing them with a launchpad onto the circuit."
The Comedy Reserve will run from the 31st July to 26yh August at 9:30pm in the Jack Dome room of the Pleasance Dome.
This year, Pleasance Theatre Trust will be supporting a record number of artists and companies at all stages of their careers through the investment of over £140,000 (both in-kind and direct financial support) through its Pleasance Futures programme.
Anthony Alderson, director of Pleasance, comments: "The Pleasance exists to support and develop the most exciting new voices across theatre and comedy. That's why for 2019 we are investing in more artists and shows than ever before. This is a powerful statement of our ongoing commitment to ensure artists are able to present bold, new and ambitious work at the Fringe, and also to play our part in ensuring the wider theatre landscape continues to thrive all across the UK. Ultimately, Pleasance is a giant family and this network of shows - through our associates, co-productions and partnerships - cements how vital support is to this industry."
The venue group is also planning to increase its offer of support to every company in its 2019 Edinburgh programme. This support will include: an expanded Pleasance Producers Programme, a series of monthly workshops in the lead up to Edinburgh, to provide support and assistance across every aspect of producing at the Fringe; weekly onsite Artist Surgeries in August, to provide bespoke support to companies during the Fringe; new networking and training events throughout August; and the annual Pleasance Companies Meet and Greet in London will expand to include more tailored advice sessions and chances to meet with the Pleasance team one-to-one and in small groups.
Tickets for The Comedy Reserve are on sale now from pleasance.co.uk, alongside a number of the venue's other Edinburgh offerings.