International comedy stars to help Shelter Scotland mark 50th anniversary

Shelter Scotland has unveiled an international line-up of comedians for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe fundraiser – which is part of a series of events and activities being held to mark the housing and homelessness charity’s 50th anniversary.

Among those ready to Stand Up For Shelter will be top American comedian and 3-time Perrier Award nominee, Reginald D Hunter and multi-award-winning Irish comedian David O’Doherty. The line-up is completed by Fosters New Comer Award winner 2015, Sofie Hagen from Denmark, as well as top Australian comedian Felicity Ward and top English comedian Ed Gamble.

The show is at the Udderbelly on George Square, on Wednesday 15th August with all profits going to support the work of Shelter and Shelter Scotland.

This is the fifth year the charity has arranged a benefit show at the Fringe. Stand Up For Shelter is a rare opportunity to see a broad range of top-class comedy in a one-off 60-minute show.

Shelter Scotland is giving away three pairs of tickets via an online ballot.

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We rely on fundraising, including events like Stand Up For Shelter, to bring in the money we need to carry on our vital work. I can’t thank these acts enough for showing their support by performing for us at their busiest time of the year and helping us mark our 50th anniversary.

“There is nothing funny about being homeless, which makes the funds raised by Stand Up For Shelter vital to help us carry on fighting against bad housing and homelessness until there’s a decent, affordable home for everyone.”

Tickets for Stand Up for Shelter at the Udderbelly at 5.45pm on Wednesday 15 August, are just £12.50 or £11.50 for concessions and are on sale now at http://www.shelterscotland.org/standup or http://www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk/whats-on/stand-up-for-shelter.