Andrew Dipper

Line-up announced for The Wrestling III

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Aisling Bea, Lou Sanders, Joel Dommett, Tom Parry, Mike Wozniak and Joe Lycett have all been announced in the line-up for hit Edinburgh Fringe show The Wrestling.

Brendon Burns and Andrew Maxwell will once again be on hand with live commentary, Nick Helm is back as The Ring Announcer and Matthew ‘The Pacifist’ Crosby as the roaming reporter – with more names to be announced soon.

The Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Panel Prize-winning show returns to Edinburgh for 2015 in another battle for the ages, as comedians and wrestlers once again go head to head in the ring at the Pleasance Grand on 18 August.

The Wrestling is the brainchild of Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show & Barry Award-nominated sketch duo Max and Ivan.

At the age of 15 Max Olesker became the youngest professional wrestler in the UK – the high-flying ‘Max Voltage’ – and in 2011, alongside partner in crime Ivan Gonzalez, they combined punch-lines and clotheslines for the first time.

This will be The Wrestling’s third outing.

For the first time ever, this year’s main event will be a Battle Royale.

There will be no teams, no captains and no allies – it’s all against all, as 20 wrestlers and comedians go to war, and only after 19 entrants have been thrown over the top rope will a champion be crowned.

The night will also see the culmination of the bitter, 5 year-long feud between Max and Ivan themselves, as they go head to head in a one-on-one grudge match.

2013’s The Wrestling II featured rival coaches Ardal O’Hanlon and Tim Vine (as the evil Dr. Pun-Ishment), and saw comedians including Tom ‘Explosenthal’ Rosenthal, Angelos Epithemiou and The Boy With Tape on His Face do battle with the world’s best professional wrestlers.

Watch the trailer below:

The Wrestling, Pleasance Grand, 18 August 2015, 11pm, tickets available online.