Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is hosting his own show at the Edinburgh Fringe

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What do you get if you mix a dour former first minister, a failed campaign for Scottish independence and a lost seat in Westminster with an unquenchable thirst for an audience?

Answer: Alex Salmond Unleashed.

Yes, the former SNP leader and recently unseated MP for Gordon is to host his own show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, and promoters say it will feature, among other things, "comedy".

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According to the National there will also be "a bit of light-hearted banter and a few behind the scenes revelations about his time in power".

Salmond said: "I have always fancied a spot at the Edinburgh Fringe and this is going to be lots of fun. Obviously in the show there will be lots about politics but the emphasis will be very much on the lighter side.

"Among the invited guests there is already plenty of excitement and quite a few surprises. I suspect some people might be taken aback at the range of friends whom I invite along.

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"I can confirm that the President of the United States will not be appearing in person but he may well feature in quite a few of the stories I tell about recent political events."

The hour-long event, which promoters said will be “a festival of fun, friends and freedom”, will run for two weeks at the city's Assembly Rooms from 13 August.

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