The Aberdeen Comedy Festival is teaming up with a local charity to help bring a smile to the Granite City.

Spearheaded by Aberdeen Inspired in partnership with Breakneck Comedy, the festival will be launched in style with a gala evening at the Tivoli Theatre on Friday (October 14).

Volunteers for Aberdeen Mental Health & Wellbeing Network (AMHWN), a membership organisation which exists to support charities and public sector bodies working in the fields of mental health and wellbeing, will collect for the charity at the laugh-filled event.

The old adage “laughter is the best medicine” has been backed up by scientific research, as it boosts mood by releasing endorphins and reducing the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine – making the charity network the perfect partner for the launch event.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We are all hugely looking forward to the launch of the Aberdeen Comedy Festival at the Tivoli Theatre, which is sure to be a fantastic evening.

“The Aberdeen Mental Health & Wellbeing Network does fantastic work identifying gaps in care provision across Aberdeen and ensuring unmet needs are addressed. We are proud to be teaming up with them for the gala night.

“We can’t wait to launch the festival on Friday and hope the public take the opportunity to enjoy the huge variety of comedy that will be on offer throughout the 23 day festival.”

Kate Latham, chairman of Aberdeen Mental Health & Wellbeing Network, said: “We are delighted to partner with Aberdeen Inspired for the launch night of the Aberdeen Comedy festival and will be collecting donations on the night.

“AMHWN supports front line staff working in the fields of mental health and wellbeing in Aberdeen and the money raised from an event on this scale will make a tremendous difference to our ability to do that.”

Caroline Morgan, Tivoli Theatre Manager, said: “The Tivoli is thrilled to be involved with such an exciting event and we are proud to be the Aberdeen Comedy Festival Gala Night venue. We know that audiences all over the city will have a great laugh and we hope it will bring new people to the theatre.”

Comedy fans are in for a treat during the Aberdeen Comedy Festival, with more than 65 shows on offer from a brilliant line-up of comics from October 14 to November 5.

The laugh filled extravaganza, which is being sponsored by local bar/pub McGinty’s Meal An’ Ale, will feature more than 250 comedians performing at over 20 venues throughout the city centre.

The festival programme has been put together by Naz Hussain of Breakneck Comedy. Younger audiences will also get a chance to have some fun at a special show for kids, while anyone who has ever fancied their hand at comedy will have the chance with stand-up comedy workshops.

To buy tickets and for more information on the festival visit http://www.aberdeencomedyfestival.com/

Tickets can also be bought in person at the Lemon Tree or HMT Box Offices.

Aberdeen Inspired is the banner under which the Aberdeen BID (Business Improvement District) operates. It is a business-led initiative within the city centre in which levy payers within the BID zone contribute. Proceeds are used to fund projects designed to improve the business district. Further information on the work of Aberdeen Inspired is available at www.aberdeeninspired.com

Aberdeen Mental Health and Wellbeing Network (AMHWN) is a registered charity (SC032088) which represents charities and public sector bodies working in mental health and wellbeing in Aberdeen. It seeks to raise the profile of mental health and wellbeing in the City, to identify gaps in care provision and to meet unmet needs. As a membership organisation it supports and connects professionals working in the field and provide training and learning opportunities. It also supplies recommendations and representation to Government and city-wide planning bodies.