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Off The Kerb Comedy Gala

Some of the biggest names in British comedy will come together for a virtual show to support people in Scotland living with HIV and hepatitis C.


Off The Kerb's Comedy Gala in aid of Waverley Care has grown since its debut in 2003 to become the biggest comedy event of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Despite the cancellation of this year’s Fringe, the comedy agency has assembled a stellar line-up of comedians, including Tom Allen, Josh Widdicombe, Janey Godley and Rich Hall, to keep fundraising efforts alive.

Waverley Care is Scotland’s biggest charity providing care and support to people living with or affected by HIV and hepatitis C. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the charity’s frontline staff have been providing vital support, but fundraising has been severely hit.

The cancellation of this year’s Fringe is set to cost the charity an estimated £100,000 in lost donations, so the Comedy Gala’s new virtual format is a welcome boost.

The Off the Kerb Comedy Gala will be streamed live on Thursday 27 August from 8pm, with 3-tiered donations to help raise as much money as possible:

  • £5 - Could buy 1,000 flyers to help fight HIV and sexual health stigma 
  • £10 - Could fund a rapid HIV test for someone who might have been at risk of contracting HIV
  • £20 - Could pay for an online support session to someone dealing with mental health problems during the pandemic

Matt Middler, Fundraising Manager at Waverley Care said:  

“Throughout the pandemic, our key workers have been supporting some of the most vulnerable people across Scotland, providing phone, online and in-person support to people affected by HIV, hepatitis C and poor sexual health and wellbeing.  

“Unfortunately, at a time when demand for our services is increasing, our ability to raise money has been hard hit. In particular, the loss of the Fringe, and the money we usually raise in bucket shakes and benefit shows, has been a huge blow.

“We’re therefore so grateful to the team at Off the Kerb who have worked so hard to get the Comedy Gala online, and to all the acts for taking part. It’s set to be a great night and I hope that people will tune in to support Waverley Care.”   

So far, the following acts have been confirmed: Tom Allen, Josh Widdicombe, Janey Godley, Rich Hall, Marlon Davis, Mark Steel, Christopher Macarthur-Boyd, Angela Barnes, Marcus Brigstocke, Phil Jerrod, Charlie Baker, Joanne McNally, Andrew Ryan, Tom Lucy, George Lewis, Larry Dean, Mo Omar and Kiri Pritchard-McLean. 

Tickets available now at www.waverleycare.org/comedygala 


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