A taste of Edinburgh in Scarborough

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A TASTE of the world’s biggest comedy festival can be had at the Other Side Comedy Club on Monday.

Matt Kirshen and Martin Mor will preview shows destined for Edinburgh Festival Fringe, at the Royal Hotel.

Resident host Jon Reed says: “Apart from being able to see comics at their peak, where they can explore their ideas for a full hour with humour and intelligence, they’re just brilliantly interesting.

“They represent great value for our audiences, offering two full shows for less than two thirds of what you would expect to pay at the festival”.

Award-winning Matt Kirshen is on the road honing his new show Wide-Eyed. Born in London, he has built a solid career in the US, says Jon. He has been on NBC’s prime-time Last Comic Standing and The Late Show on CBS.

In the UK, he’s been on C4’s Rude Tube and had his own special on World Stands Up on the Comedy Central channel.

Wild Irish comic Martin Mor has been a regular writer and tour support for Frankie Boyle, who said he was “the act that has influenced me the most – the UK comedy circuit would not be the same without him”.

His new show, Call of the Golden Frog, recalls the 25 years he spent travelling the country as a performer.

Jon said: “He has journeyed out to the edge and looked into the abyss so that you don’t have to.”

The club’s final show of its season, and possibly ever, will feature Irish-Iranian Geordie comedian Patrick Monahan and a set by Jon Reed, developed with help from Jo Caulfield and Johnny Vegas.

Shows start at 8.15pm.