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PUBLISHED: 10:52 24 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 25 August 2010

Processed 30-07-09 - Week 31

Processed 30-07-09 - Week 31

THE children of a famous comedian are bringing a taste of the Edinburgh Fringe festival to the streets of Greenwich for the second year running.

THE children of a famous comedian are bringing a taste of the Edinburgh Fringe festival to the streets of Greenwich for the second year running.

Last year's inaugural Greenwich Comedy Festival was a massive success with 95 per cent of tickets sold, but this year organisers promise to bring more variety to the festivities in September.

It will return to the Old Royal Naval College on Monday, September 6 until the following Sunday.

Acts this year include Stephen K Amos, Ed Byrne, Jenny Eclair, Adam Hill, Adam Buxton, Reginald D Hunter, Phill Jupitus, Tom Green, Bill Bailey and John Cooper Clarke.

The festival was the brainchild of Will and Cass Briggs, whose father Malcolm Hardee founded Up The Creek in Creek Road, Greenwich, and the infamous Tunnel Club on the south of the Blackwall Tunnel where the O2 arena is now situated. After the Tunnel Club was closed by police, he opened Up the Creek, which is still going strong today and being run by his son Will, 30. His sister Cass Briggs, 27, said: "We were absolutely blown away by how successful the festival was last year. About 95 per cent of all our tickets sold - more than 15,000. Now we have the confidence to make this year even more spectacular experience. We are spending lots of time looking for other acts such as burlesque and stilt walkers. There are lots of different things to make it like a festival."

Speaking fondly of how her father, who died in 2005, inspired her to set up the festival, she laughed saying: "He had massive testicles and he would get them out a lot.

"Will and I grew up meeting these big 90s acts and going to the Edinburgh festival every year. We thought: 'London doesn't have anything like this'. We are from Greenwich and so it was a natural place to do it."

Miss Briggs, who worked at the Brit Awards for five years, explained how the sibling duties are shared at the festival. She said: "He gets to look after the acts and I get to worry about the toilets."

Entrance to Greenwich Comedy festival is free, with individually priced tickets for the shows. Visit www.greenwichcomedyfestival.co.uk.

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