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Posted: 21st July 2022

The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel in Edinburgh, will welcome Fred MacAulay back to the capital for an evening of decadent drinks, delicious food and late night stand up comedy. The Balmoral is inviting guests to get into the festival spirit with a hearty supper and an impressive line-up of comedians this August.

Kicking off the first show of the evening, Fred MacAulay hosts stand-ups Marc Jennings, Krystal Evans and enjoys topical banter with Seann Walsh. A second performance of the night will see stand-up sets by Mark Nelson and Ray Bradshaw and  late night conversation from Jo Caulfield.

Fred MacAulay and Friends:

Thursday 4th August 2022

Marc Jennings, Krystal Evans & Seann Walsh

7pm to 8.45pm

Fred MacAulay

Having presented the very funny MacAulay and Co on BBC Radio Scotland for almost 18 years and with tv appearances, including Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News For You,  Fred’s on air witticisms and on screen reputation are the product of years of experience on the live circuit, including a stint as the first ever-Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London.

Marc Jennings

Scottish Comedian of the Year winner in 2019, Marc Jennings is a regular panellist on BBC Scotland’s satirical quiz show Breaking The News and has garnered a significant online following after several clips of his stand-up went viral, amassing millions views and a large social media following.

Krystal Evans

An American comedian based in the UK, Krystal’s sharp cynicism and confidence on stage is “Just perfect” says ‘Broadway Baby’. Krystal has been named as a Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year finalist and Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist.

Seann Walsh

One of the UK’s most exciting (and funny – obviously) stand-up comedians, Seann quickly gained well deserved praise and admiration from the likes of Jack Dee and the late Jeremy Hardy….and of course Fred! Appearances on BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and 8 out of10 Cats ensured that Seann was on an upward trajectory towards


Fred MacAulay and Friends:

Mark Nelson, Ray Bradshaw & Jo Caulfield

9.30pm to 11.15pm


Mark Nelson

Mark is a regular headliner at many of the UK’s top stand up comedy clubs and his own one-man shows at Edinburgh Fringe and Glasgow Comedy Festival always sell out.

During the various lock-downs, Mark was the host of The Stand’s regular online gigs which generated tens of thousands of viewers globally. Mark hosts BBC Radio Scotland’s show: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected and nearly all of tonight’s comedians have been guests on his show.

Ray Bradshaw

Ray Bradshaw is an international, multi award-winning stand-up comedian who has sold out shows globally. Ray was handpicked to support John Bishop on his recent UK arena tour and has previously supported Frankie Boyle on his last two tours. His last show Deaf Comedy Fam was a huge success and won awards both in the UK and Australia, leading Ray to become the first comedian ever to win a Scottish Culture Show Award.Ray is also a regular host of the hit Radio Scotland show Off the Ball and has numerous tv and radio appearances under his belt.

Jo Caulfield

Described by The Observer as “one of the finest female comics at work” and by The Scotsman as “quite simply, a damn funny woman” Jo can regularly be seen headlining the UK’s biggest and best comedy clubs.


Tickets are £45 per person. Tables can be booked in groups of 2 to 10. A minimum of two tickets must be purchased. For more information please visit: : or to book contact:

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