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EDINBURGH 2011: NAZ OSMANOGLU - '1000 PER CENT AWESOME'

Winner of the Amused Moose Laugh-Off (2009) competition and star of acclaimed sketch group WitTank, NAZ OSMANOGLU heads to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his debut solo show, 1000% Awesome.

NAZ is 1000% awesome. Deal with it. His Imperial Highness Prince Nazim Ziaeddin Nazim Osmanoglu is half-English poshboy, half-Turkish warlord and wields the only scimitar he’s got - a sharp sense of humour and a claim to the Turkish throne.

In 1000% Awesome NAZ tries to reconcile the two sides of his identity whilst constantly trying to impress his overbearing (and slightly terrifying) Turkish father whose brashness and overwhelming pride only inform the awesomeness which NAZ is trying to keep up with (his dad’s awesomeness is off the f* * king scale).

With a mixture of the humbled well-mannered schoolboy and bold Turkish supremacy, NAZ tries to embody a vision of his father and attempts to rid himself of the shackles of anxiety, embarrassment and worries about what other people think (his dad really doesn’t give a sh * t). Conscious of his awesome potential and with a legitimate claim to the Turkish throne (NAZ is a genuine Turkish Prince) he tries to vindicate his Ottoman heritage by becoming the man his father has always wanted him to be: Royal, aware and acting appropriately.

Beware: this man is sweaty, but very charismatic.

Already an Edinburgh regular with acclaimed, irreverent sketch trio WitTank, 1000% Awesome is NAZ’s first solo show to be brought to the Festival Fringe. Winner of the Amused Moose Laugh-Off Competition and Runner-up in So You Think You’re Funny (2010) NAZ was selected in 2010 to be one of the new stars on Laughter Shock for BBC Three, a hybrid of stand up and sketch comedy. NAZ returned to Edinburgh 2010 and took part in the Festival’s longest running group comedy show, The Comedy Zone, which previously launched the careers of DAVE GORMAN, HARRY HILL, STEWART LEE, AL MURRAY and ROSS NOBLE.
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What the press has said about Naz:

Spirited, witty and individual. . . more energy than a dozen Duracell bunnies
Chortle



His material packs a punch
The Scotsman

Naz is a hard gigging high performance comedy machine
The Sun

LISTINGS INFORMATION
Venue: Wee Coo, Udderbelly’s Pasture
Date: 3rd - 28th August (not the 17th)
Time: 9.15pm
Box Office: 0844 545 8252

For more information and press tickets, please contact: edinburghpress@avalonuk.com or phone: Celeste Berry, Nicola Wilkinson, Debra Clavey, Alex Beedell or Dan Lloyd on 020 7598 7222


AVALON PROMOTIONS


Avalon Promotions Limited is one of the leading promoters of live comedy in the UK, bringing household names and breakthrough comedy acts to stages across the country.

This year alone will see; RUSSELL HOWARD continue extended arena tour Right Here, Right Now, performing to over 240,000 people, including 3 dates at London’s O2; AL MURRAY - THE PUB LANDLORD turn his attention to the needs of his Beautiful British public with the second extension of critically acclaimed national tour Barrel of Fun Extra: Classic Hits and New Bits; DAVE GORMAN take to the road with his hotly anticipated Powerpoint Presentation tour; CHRIS ADDISON’s new 39-date tour The Time is Now, Again; brand new tour Manscaping from Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 winner RUSSELL KANE; breakthrough BBC Three star LEE NELSON with fat legend ‘Omelette’ embark on their Well New Tour!; star of The Inbetweeners and Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 nominee GREG DAVIES continue his extended 93 date tour Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog; JENNY ECLAIR with Old Dog, New Tricks; RICHARD HERRING’s forthcoming tour What is Love, Anyway?; and present some of the UK’s fastest rising talent; Edinburgh Festival Award 2010 nominee GARETH RICHARDS, Chortle Award nominated PEACOCK & GAMBLE, Chortle Student Comedian of the Year finalist CHRIS RAMSEY, star of BBC Three hit comedy Him and Her JOE WILKINSON, Radio 1 DJ TOM DEACON and Chortle Award ‘Best Headliner’ 2011 nominee CRAIG CAMPBELL.

Avalon Promotions has staged major shows and tours including; NEWMAN & BADDIEL in the first ever comedy show at Wembley Arena; FRANK SKINNER’S record-breaking performance to an audience of 6,000 at the Battersea Power Station; Jerry Springer - The Opera in London’s West End, on national tour and at New York’s Carnegie Hall; HARRY HILL at the Palace and Dominion Theatres in London; DAVE GORMAN’S Googlewhack Adventure at the Sydney Opera House, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, on national tour and at the Village Theatre, New York; Grumpy Old Women Live, which has toured the UK three times and performed a highly successful run in Australia, LAURA SOLON winning the Perrier Award with her debut solo show; and FRANK SKINNER’S Credit Crunch Cabaret - offering recession hit audiences the chance to see acclaimed comedians for just £10.

This year Avalon presents 21 acts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it has promoted a total of 7 Perrier Award/Edinburgh Comedy Award winners and 18 Perrier Award/Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees in just 22 years.