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Entertainment / ‘Must-see’ comedian Acaster to bring Cold Lasagne north

AN ACCLAIMED English comedian is heading north to Shetland for a gig at Mareel next year.

James Acaster will bring his Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 show to the Lerwick venue on 27 September.

The comedian is known for appearing on TV shows such as Mock the Week and Would I Lie To You?, while he also had his own Netflix special this year.

The gig, promoted by Ragged Wood, forms part of a wider UK tour which also includes dates at venues such as Liverpool’s Echo Arena and the O2 Academy in Glasgow.

The tour was recently named by The Guardian as the second best comedy show of 2018, with the newspaper saying “audacious and hilarious in a whole new range of ways, it’s a must-see”.

Speaking about the meaning behind the show’s name, Acaster said: “One time I bought a lasagne from the supermarket, heated it up in the oven and ate a bit of it and it wasn’t very nice so I put it in the fridge because it felt wrong to dump a whole lasagne in the bin and then later on I ate a spoonful of the cold lasagne because I was drunk and it was absolutely delicious.

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“It was 4am. I then changed the name of a WhatsApp I was a part of to COLD LASAGNE HATE MYSELF 1999 because I had been thinking a lot about how 1999 was the best year of my life and also about how much I hate myself sometimes. The next day I was asked to name my new show. Come along.”

Tickets for the performance can be purchased via the Shetland Arts box office.

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