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Leicester's Comedy in the Dark at Edinburgh Festival
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Comedy in the Dark runs from 6 to 19 August 2010 at the Edinburgh Fringe

The team behind Leicester Comedy Festival (LCF) are taking their unique environmentally friendly show to the audiences at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Comedy in the Dark features two comedians each performing half an hour sets, predominantly in the pitch black.

The show is part of LCF's Greening the Laughs initiative, which aims to highlight the environmental impact of comedy throughout the world.

A percentage of profits will go towards creating the UK's first Comedy Wood.

Working in partnership with the National Forest, the festival organisers hope to encourage comedians, promoters and audience members to contribute towards funding the planting of oak, ash and birch trees.

Festival director, Geoff Rowe, believes you can be funny and green at the same time.

"It's a whole thing that's really gaining momentum within the comedy industry for people to be a bit more environmentally friendly."

Laughing with the lights out

Comedy in the Dark premiered in Leicester two years ago, when it was promoting Leicestershire County Council's Big Switch Off, and proved to be a sell-out.

Jon Richardson
Audiences will hear but not see Jon Richardson at the Edinburgh Festival

Geoff said it often took audiences a little while to get used to not being able to see the acts, but they soon relax into the unusual experience.

"A lot of stand-up relies on eye-contact with the audience and visual clues to how people are enjoying it, but if the lights are out you don't have any of that."

The Edinburgh line-up includes some of the top names on the comedy circuit, including Reginald D Hunter, Josie Long, Lucy Porter, Sarah Millican, Jon Richardson and Shappi Khorsandi.

Comedy in the Dark runs from 6 to 19 August 2010 at the Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh.

For more information, including ticket prices, visit the Edinburgh Fringe website.

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