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TWITTER ‘LOLfest’ returns as comedy stars line up for exclusive gig, with chance to win tickets to see Josie Long, David O’Doherty and Gordon McIntyre as they give it up for Shelter Scotland

COMEDY stars of the Edinburgh Fringe – including the brilliant Josie Long and Perrier Award winning David O’Doherty – are to perform at the exclusive LOLfest gig in aid of Shelter Scotland.

It’s the second LOLfest for Josie Long, who performed in aid of the housing and homelessness charity at last year’s Fringe Festival raising over £1,300.

Event organisers expect an even bigger demand for tickets for this year’s show which takes place on Friday 10th August at Edinburgh’s Summerhall.

As part of a social media-based competition, Shelter Scotland has three sets of tickets to give away and is asking professional and amateur jokesters to Tweet their favourite one and two-liners to @LOLfest to be in with a chance of winning.

The competition will run from 30th July – 8th August.

Last year’s winning joke came from Ezmie McCutcheon who was crowned the winner after her joke – What did the cheese say to itself in the mirror? Answer: Ha-llou-mi – had the crowd roaring with laughter.

This year’s performances will also include an exclusive set by Gordon McIntyre of ballboy. Tickets are available from the Summerhall online box office.

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said:

“Increasing numbers of households facing daily problems with housing and homelessness is no laughing matter. This comedy event however is set to be the perfect antidote. I encourage professional and amateur jokesters to get in touch and make us laugh with their top jokes to be in with a chance of winning tickets.

“Last year, LOLfest raised £1,300 – enough to help us answer 130 calls to our helpline from families and individuals facing bad housing and homelessness.

“We hope to exceed last year’s total to help even more families and individuals. All money raised from LOLfest will go towards helping us in our work to provide expert support services, online advice and a free national helpline for everyone facing bad housing and homelessness.”

Comedian, Josie Long, said:

“This was a fantastic show for a great cause and I was over the moon to be asked to perform again. Shelter Scotland’s work makes a real difference to the lives of families experiencing housing and homelessness issues and I was pleased to be able to do my bit.

“Last year’s LOLfest was one of my festival highlights, and I’m sure this year will be no different. I can’t wait to get up on stage to do my bit for Shelter Scotland.”

For more details,  follow @shelterscotland and @lolfest or visit

11pm – midnight, Summerhall is Fringe Venue 26 – 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1QH


Notes to Editors:

  1. Shelter Scotland provides expert support services, online advice and a free national helpline for everyone facing housing and homelessness difficulties. For advice and support visit or call 0808 800 4444.
  1. Spokespeople are available for interview – call the media office on 0844 515 2442.
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Shelter Scotland believes everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all.

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