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Richard Bacon to tread boards in Edinburgh

Richard Bacon

BBC Radio 5 Live's Richard Bacon will be testing his mettle as a stand-up comedian in the bearpit of Edinburgh's theatreland during the Edinburgh Festival. It will be the first time he has attempted live comedy.

On Wednesday 26 August he will be joined live on his programme by a range of top comedians including Brendon Burns, Lucy Porter, Richard Herring, Barry Cryer, Justin Moorhouse and Stephen K Amos. They will mentor him by offering top tips on how to survive a live comedy festival audience.

Radio 5 Live listeners will be able to take part by suggesting jokes and comic material.

The following night, Thursday 27 August, Bacon will be introduced on stage at the Udderbelly in Edinburgh by Reginald D Hunter.

His ten-minute stand-up routine will be broadcast live within his live radio show. Two top comedy reviewers and an agent will be on hand afterwards to review his performance.

Richard Bacon said: "This is my ninth year at the Edinburgh Festival as a regular festival-goer. I love the event and it's about time I found out once and for all if I am indeed funny."

You can also watch video footage of Richard's performance via bbc.co.uk/5 live.

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