Comedy has exploded in Scotland, with an eclectic and diverse circuit filled with amazing raw talent. At this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Scottish Comedy Festival will provide a dedicated showcase for the finest comedic talent working in the north of the UK, from the very brightest established acts to the most promising up-and-comers. The Scottish Comedy Festival promises to be heady mix of stand-up comedy, sketch and character shows, quiz shows, live podcasts and more! Ben Verth: Alsatian and Chips. Ben is resident host of Edinburgh's Beehive Comedy Club, writer/performer of The Stand Comedy Club's monthly sketch show 'The Broken Windows Policy' and writer/performer of the 'It's Nice We Could Do This' podcast. A mix of intelligence and sharp observation, anecdotes, tall tales and endearing silliness. Musical comedy from Scottish comedy circuit stalwart, Fife Comedian of the Year 2011 and editor of 'The Daily Reckless - the paper that sings the news'. Tommy Mackay presents a uniquely Scottish update of the Dickens classic, reinterpreted and spat out through the medium of song. Scottish song. With jokes. And Anthea Turner. The Sensational Alex Salmond Gastric Band have created a huge volume of work over the years, generating over one million hits on YouTube.Performers Ben Verth, Alex Salmond Gastric Band.