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Last Updated: Friday, 8 August, 2003, 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
Festival trio debate TV comedy
Jo Brand
Jo Brand is one of few female stand-ups to make it in television
Three of the biggest acts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have been booked to speak at an event discussing the state of comedy of television.

Comedians Jo Brand, Ross Noble and Bill Bailey will close the Edinburgh TV Festival with a special session called Comedy on the Box - Who Has the Last Life?

Among the topics the trio will be discussing are why there is dearth of quality sitcoms and stand-up comedy on television today, and whether lessons can be learned from the US.

The panel will also be sharing their personal experiences and anecdotes of working with television executives on 24 August.

All three comedians have been named as the best-selling shows in the first week of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Brand, who one of the rare female comedians to have sustained a television career, is appearing at the Fringe in both her stand-up show and a play called Mental.

Keynote speaker

Bailey, star of Black Books and team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, has swapped comedy for serious drama, winning rave reviews for 12 Angry Men.

And former Perrier Award nominee Ross Noble's Unrealtime shows have been selling out.

The annual festival - from 22 to 24 August - is the UK's major TV event, attracting many of the industry's most influential figures as delegates and speakers.

Keynote speakers this year will include BBC director general Greg Dyke, BSkyB chief executive Tony Ball and Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell.


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