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Photo by David Tuck
cartoonised by
Brian Damage.
Design by Vinny Lewis

AAAAAAAAAAAAARGHH! IT WAS

WEEK
as part of the Laughing Horse Free Festival
at the Edinburgh Fringe

22nd -26th August 2011


Photo by David Tuck
cartoonised by
Brian Damage.
Design by Vinny Lewis

Photo by John Fleming

WHAT WAS IT ABOUT?

Malcolm Hardee Week was held in memory of the godfather of British alternative comedy and Edinburgh Fringe legend Malcolm Hardee - “one of the most anarchic figures of his era” - “the greatest influence on British comedy over the last 25 years” and the “godfather to a generation of comic talent". 100% of all profits went to the Mama Biashara charity.


BACKGROUND BLOGS

There were various background blogs on
SO IT GOES: John Fleming's blog.


MONDAY 22nd AUGUST
6.15pm-8.00pm at The Hive
AAAAAAAAAAAAARGHH!
IT'S THE MALCOLM HARDEE COMEDY PUNCH-UP DEBATES.
AND THEY'RE FREE!

In the first of two debates, four top comedy industry names had a verbal punch-up over the proposition that: "Comedians are psychopathic masochists with a death wish”. The four were Kate Copstick, Scotsman comedy critic and judge on ITV1's Show Me the Funny, "Scotland's funniest woman" Janey Godley, from the US Paul Provenza, director of cult comedy movie The Aristocrats and Bob Slayer, organiser of Kunt and The Gang's controversial Fringe stunt 'Cockgate'. Chaired by comedy consigliere John Fleming, who wrote Malcolm's autobiography I Stole Freddie Mercury's Birthday Cake. One side of the debate is in this blog by John.


TUESDAY 23rd AUGUST
6.15pm-7.00pm at The Hive
AAAAAAAAAAAAARGHH!
IT'S THE MALCOLM HARDEE COMEDY PUNCH-UP DEBATES.
AND THEY'RE FREE!

In the second of two debates, it was a verbal punch-up over the proposition that:“Racist or sexist jokes? It doesn’t matter if they’re funny!" The three combatants were Viz magazine founder turned stand-up Simon Donald, BBC TV One Show presenter/Scotland on Sunday columnist Hardeep Singh Kohli and London Scottish comedian Maureen Younger, international compere for the women-performers-only Laughing Cow comedy clubs. Chaired by John Fleming. One side of the argument is put in John's blog here.


WEDNESDAY 24th AUGUST
6.15pm-7.00pm Outside the Beehive Inn
AAAAAAAAAAAAARGHH!
IT'S THE MALCOLM HARDEE SPAGHETTI-JUGGLING CONTEST - YEAR ONE

The first annual spaghetti juggling contest at the Fringe organised by a former researcher on TV kids' show Tiswas. First of two evenings of messy mayhem. The object was to juggle loose, cooked spaghetti for more than one minute. Sponsored with spaghetti from the Blue Moon in Edinburgh.


THURSDAY 25th AUGUST
6.15pm-7.00pm Outside the Beehive Inn
AAAAAAAAAAAAARGHH!
IT'S THE MALCOLM HARDEE SPAGHETTI-JUGGLING CONTEST - YEAR ONE

Second of two evenings of messy mayhem organised by a former researcher on TV kids' show Tiswas. Sponsored with spaghetti from the Blue Moon in Edinburgh.


FRIDAY 26th AUGUST
10.00pm-midnight at The Counting House
AAAAAAAAAAAAARGHH!
IT'S THE MALCOLM HARDEE COMEDY AWARDS SHOW.
AND IT'S FREE!

A two hour comedy show celebrating the godfather of alternative comedy.

This year's show was compered by Scott Capurro and New Comedy Act of the Year 2011 David Mills. Acts included Charlie Chuck from BBC TV's The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Ivor Dembina, Andrew Doyle, Charmian Hughes, Kunt and The Gang, Patrick Monahan (winner just the previous night of ITV1's Show Me the Funny), Puppetry of the Penis, singing Hitler Frank Sanazi, Lewis Schaffer and Johnny Sorrow.

The Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards were announced and presented by Kate Copstick during the show: they have been running since 2005 and will be presented until 2017. The 2011 winners and shortlisted acts are HERE. The three awards were:
- The Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality
- The Malcolm Hardee Cunning Stunt Award
(for best publicity stunt promoting a show or act at the Edinburgh Fringe)
- The Malcolm Hardee ‘Act Most Likely to Make a Million Quid’ Award

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