Glasgow Comedy Festival

GICF 2019 Gift Guide

Here at the Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival we’ve put together a handy gift guide to help you pick out the right tickets to get for your loved ones this festive season!


For the parents…

Call a babysitter, ditch the kids, and go see some comedy by someone who understands the trials and tribulations of being a parent!

Tiff Stevenson: Mother (22nd March, Blackfriars Basement)

Tiff returns to Blackfriars with a blend of best bits and new material. She effortlessly blends the political with the personal, dealing with motherhood and sexualisation of young girls in a heartfelt and hilarious way.

Chris Kent: Looking Up (30th March, Blackfriars Basement)

Returning with his sixth solo show, carefree Cork comedian Chris has spent the past year balancing comedy with being a stay at home dad.

Janey Godley: 20 Years & Counting (28th-31st March, Òran Mór)

The Godmother of Scottish comedy returns to tell lots of stories about her 20 years of Fringe shows, 20 years of touring, and of course - being a mother!


For the music lovers…

Jess Robinson: No Filter (22nd March, Òran Mór)

The multi-award-winning comedian is back to take you on a journey through hilarious improvised musical impressions, taking in a variety of styles and genres and delivering spot-on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics.

Michelle McManus: Pop Goes The Idol (31st March, The Stand)

Glasgow’s own global megastar returns to tell the next instalment of her life story! With tales ranging from meeting The Hoff at the SECC to opening Lidl in Rutherglen, she really has done it all…


For the budding politicians…

We live in turbulent times and as the saying goes, you’ve got to laugh or else you’ll cry!

Mark Nelson: Brexit Wounds (14th & 15th March, The Stand)

Our local star tackles the huge subject of Brexit in his latest brilliantly dark show.

Daphna Baram: Sugarcoating (28th March, Yesbar)

The Israeli-born stand-up and festival regular with a background in human rights law makes peace with her body and tries to bring justice to Palestine.

Al Murray: Landlord Of Hope And Glory Tour 2019 (28th March, The Stand)

The pub landlord returns to tackle the current state of global politics! Sure to be a hit as always.


For the science nerds…

If you like to learn as you laugh, we’ve got plenty of (slightly) educational comedy to offer!

Bright Club: Fascinating Facts And Where To Find Them (18th March, The Stand)

Glasgow’s branch of the thinking person’s variety night returns to the festival to transform researchers into stand-up comedians once again! Expect to see academics from Glasgow’s universities taking to the stage, blending comedy with science, the arts and humanities...

Matt Winning: Plasticity (17th March, The State Bar)

Festival regular Dr Matt Winning presents a work-in-progress show about climate change for people who want to laugh and learn about the demise of our planet. His previous show got described as: 'Hilarious, personal, inventive, and something that will stay with you for some time to come. Go see it, before the sea rises and washes us all away' ***** by EdFestMag.

Elaine Miller: Gusset Grippers (21st March, Bungo / City of Glasgow College)

A show about the wonders of the pelvic floor featuring a 5'4" singing vulva! Performed by a physiotherapist, comedian, mother and recovered incontinent who wants you to laugh, not leak.


For the kids…

Plan an afternoon out for the whole family with these child-friendly shows.

James Campbell: The Hilariously Funny World of… (30th March, Eastwood Park Theatre)

A stand-up comedy show for children over 6, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without rude words. James Campbell pioneered the idea of stand-up comedy for children - so see the master at work!

Stephen Halkett and Friends: Save the Planet! (16th March, The Tall Ship)

Glaswegian comic Stephen Halkett hosts a fun filled debate between two other comics on how best to save the planet. Featuring jokes, laughter, and prizes!


For the podcast addicts…

If you need a gift for a podcast streaming fiend, we have some of the best live recordings coming to the festival.

Andy Zaltzman: The Bugle Live (19th March, The Stand)

The hit global podcast comes to the festival to tackle global, national and local news stories, delivering incisive satire and painful puns.

The Hoovering Podcast LIVE with Jessica Fostekew and Guests (30th March, Jest Below @ Mango)

Recommended in the Guardian and the Independent, Hoovering is a podcast where host Jessica Fostekew and guests eat and talk about eating - and the audience are encouraged to bring snacks!


For the dramatic…

We may be Europe’s largest comedy festival - but our programme includes some fantastic theatre too!

Bannockburn (28th March, The Bungo)

A rehearsed reading of a new play about The Battle of Bannockburn through the eyes of two Scots soldiers: join soldiers Joakie and Jamie as they discuss life, death, love, and who really owns Scotland, feasting on bread, usquebaugh and slices of cock- a-leekie soup with a little free oose.

The Bench by K R McAllister (20th March, Webster’s Theatre)

A comedy about safe spaces and the people that fill them: Waiting for Godot meets Still Game. A new comedy play by award-winning Scottish writer Keir McAllister.

Short Attention Span Theatre (26th & 27th March, CCA)

Having produced short plays in Glasgow and Edinburgh since 2015, SAST present four 20 minute pieces created for the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.


For someone who’s impossible to buy for…

With such a variety of shows on offer, there really is something for everyone…

William Andrews: Willy (30th March, Blackfriars Basement)

The cult idiot returns to the festival with remarkable stories blend of daft creativity and sharp ingenuity. Fun, leftfield material about individuality, parenting and pets.

Foil, Arms and Hog: Craicling (17th March, Kings Theatre)

The critically acclaimed FA&H are best known for their online output - but their live shows are always sensational! Expect an inventive energetic masterpiece.

Silent Comedy Classic with Gladstone’s Bag (23rd March, Britannia Panopticon)

A programme of silent era comedy films, accompanied by live music and sound effects in the original setting that audiences would have seen them!

An Indeterminate Amount of Comedians Attempt to Perform 1993's Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) in Full Live (23rd March, The State Bar)

Exactly what it says - let’s bring the ruckus!