THE Great Yorkshire Fringe is putting smiles on the faces of visitors and organisers alike as the festival of comedy, music, cabaret, magic and theatre pulls in the crowds in York.

The inaugural festival is gaining momentum over its ten days in three venues on a temporary village green in Parliament Street, prompting festival founder Martin Witts to add a host of extra shows.

Tony Jameson will give no fewer than three additional performances of his new Fringe show, Is This What I've Become, to meet ticket demand after Tuesday's set in the Tea Pot. Jameson's musings on his struggle to adapt to life as a man in his 30s can be seen on Friday in the Turn Pot at 10pm and on Saturday at 4pm and 10pm in the Tea Pot.

After selling out last Friday and Saturday nights' gigs in the White Rose Rotunda, Henning Wehn, the German Comedy Ambassador to the UK, is to perform show number drei of Eins, Zwei, DIY on Saturday at 2.30pm in the same location.

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American comic Reginald D Hunter has responded to this Saturday's 7.30pm gig in the White Rose Rotunda selling out by hastily adding a second performance of his brand new show in the 400-seat spiegeltent on Sunday afternoon at 3.45pm.

Tony Law, the Canadian stand-up who moved to England at 18 and now lives in Islington, will follow up last Friday's preview of his new nonsense-making show with a second gig on Sunday at 7.30pm in the Tea Pot.

Commenting on the festival proving such a hit, director Martin Witts said: "Not only do the people of York appear to love the Great Yorkshire Fringe, but so do the acts, who are finding that one sold-out visit is not enough, and many have booked a return this week.

"Tickets to all shows are now flying out like hot cakes as word has spread about the festival throughout the city. My advice is, 'don't leave it until the weekend if there's someone you really want to see, or you will be terribly disappointed'."

The festival opened last Friday and runs until Sunday. Tickets can be booked on 01904 500600 or at