Designated Driver – Fringe 2017

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Blind comedian, backed by the BBC, to be your Designated Driver at this year’s Fringe


Jamie MacDonald Presents



Named as one to watch on the BBC HOT TALENT LIST for 2017 blind Glasgow Comedian Jamie MacDonald is powering his way through the obstacle strewn world of stand-up comedy. Designated Driver is the fifth solo show from the big Scot and this one has some big backers. Set to appear on Fred MacAulay’s new Radio 4 comedy ‘Fred at the Stand’, Jamie is attracting attention from influential quarters.

37-year-old Jamie MacDonald is a Glaswegian stand-up comedian, writer and voiceover artist who just happens to be blind.  Jamie started losing his sight in his early teens when he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a progressive degenerative retinal disease which will eventually leave him totally blind. On how his disability affects his comedy, Jamie says, “It’s easy to find the misery in disability; it’s much more interesting to find the fun in it”.

MacDonald’s blindness flavours his comedy but doesn’t define it. That said, he has found that being blind allows him to extract comedy from lesser explored areas; like the jealousy he feels towards laboratory mice with 20/20 vision and the humiliating range of clothing and accessories sold by the RNIB. Jamie is nothing if not a believer in diversity, meaning Designated Driver can be enjoyed by Blinkies (blind people), Wheelies (people in wheel chairs) and Normos (people with no disability) alike. If you only see one disabled comedian this Fringe, make it Jamie MacDonald your Designated Driver.

Despite his prognosis, Jamie completed an Ancient History degree at St. Andrews University and a Law degree at Aberdeen University and became a corporate banker for Bank of Scotland in London.  Whilst there Jamie succumbed to the pull of the stage and gave his first performance at an open mic night at the Comedy Café in Shoreditch. After playing a small role in bringing down the Bank of Scotland he packed it in and took up comedy full-time. He debuted his first one man show That Funny Blind Guy at the Laughing Horse at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe; Assembly then picked him up and he’s performed with them ever since. Jamie is now popping up on radio and TV, with his proudest credit being, playing a blind shoplifter in the award-winning BBC comedy Scot Squad.

‘Consistently hilarious’ ***** Ed Fest

A Performer of great warmth and wit’ *** The List

‘One of the funniest Scots on the circuit’ **** Sunday Herald



Listing Information

Venue: The Assembly Rooms, George Street, (The Drawing Room)

Tickets:  Sun – Thurs £10 (£8), Fri – Sat £11 (£9)

Previews: 3rd – 4th Aug 2017 Dates: 5th – 27th Aug (not 15th)

Time: 20.25 (1hour)

Box Office: 0131 226 0026



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