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It was announced today (09 August 2012) that this Edinburgh Festival Fringe will see New York based Edinburgh Comedy Award nominees KRISTEN SCHAAL (Flight of the Conchords, 30 Rock, The Daily Show) and KURT BRAUNOHLER (Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia, Bunk) develop brand new spoof chat show, Speak Easy with Kristen and Kurt, with Avalon Television in Scotland. They will host two free performances of their new work-in-progress TV chat show for BBC Three. In these two special one-off live shows they will be in conversation with the alter egos of some of the most exciting new character comedians currently in Edinburgh, while Fringe favourites THE HORNE SECTION, will take up the role of house band.

KRISTEN is the Senior Women's Issues Correspondent for The Daily Show (Comedy Central), plays Hazel Whassername in 30 Rock (NBC), Mel in Flight of the Conchords (HBO and BBC Four) and her voice can be heard in Pixar’s Toy Story 3.

Last year saw KRISTEN and KURT bring their award-winning variety show Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen (named Time Out New York’s Best Variety Show) to Edinburgh Festival. They are winners of the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s prestigious Barry Award and the duo’s live credits also include the HBO Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival as well a one-off Channel 4 special Penelope: Princess of Pets.

KRISTEN has previously been named Best Alternative Comic at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival and won a New York Nightlife Award for Best Female Stand-Up and was also the recipient of the second annual Andy Kaufman Award hosted by the New York Comedy Festival.

KURT has performed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and in Chicago, the HBO Vegas Comedy Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival, South by Southwest and Bonnaroo. He won Best Male and Best Host at the 2011 ECNY awards and Best Non-scripted Host at the New York Television Festival. KURT currently has season one of his new show Bunk, a game show parody made out of New York, on IFC.

Speak Easy with Kristen and Kurt, 21st and 22nd August, Doors 1.30pm, Show starts 2.00pm
The Jam House, 5 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE
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For further information please contact Hannah Wilkinson or Dan Lloyd at Avalon on / / Edinburgh: 0131 527 1588 / London: 0207 598 7222


In the UK Avalon Television have in production: brand new peak-time entertainment series You Cannot Be Serious! (ITV1) starring ALISTAIR MCGOWAN; Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), recommissioned for series six and seven in 2012; the Royal Television Society and Rose D’Or award-winning sitcom Not Going Out (BBC ONE), which saw viewing figures of over 5 million during the last series; Man Down a new sitcom pilot for Channel 4, written by and starring GREG DAVIES; and I Love My Country a new entertainment pilot starring DAVID WALLIAMS, FRANK SKINNER and GREG DAVIES for BBC One. Avalon Television also produces: critically-acclaimed topical comedy show Frank Skinner’s Opinionated (BBC TWO); That Sunday Night Show (ITV1), hosted by ADRIAN CHILES and Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC Three).

This year in the US, Avalon Television is producing: season three of Workaholics, the most successful non-animated scripted comedy series in Comedy Central history; John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show (Comedy Central); a second season of Rove: LA, with host ROVE MCMANUS for FOX8; and Bunk (IFC), a game show parody hosted by KURT BRAUNOHLER. Also an established provider of digital content, The Handlers, starring BRYAN CRANSTON, is currently represented on

Avalon Television also produces successful radio shows: BBC Radio 5 Live’s 7 Day Sunday hosted by Al Murray with regular contributors including ANDY ZALTZMAN and REBECCA FRONT; 8 series of Heresy (BBC Radio 4); Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2); Dave Gorman’s Sunday Morning Show for Absolute Radio, the first commercial radio podcast to rise as high as number 1 in the iTunes Podcast chart; The Frank Skinner Show, Absolute Radio’s Saturday morning’s flagship show, whose spin-off podcasts received 10.1 million downloads in 2011 alone; and critically acclaimed comedy dramas, Living with Mother (BBC Radio 4) featuring ALISON STEADMAN, TIMOTHY SPALL, PENELOPE KEITH, Mr Blue Sky (BBC Radio 4) starring MARK BENTON and Don’t Start (BBC Radio 4), written and starring FRANK SKINNER.