Glasgow Comedy Festival





The Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival (GLICF) reveals its biggest line-up ever, as this hugely popular event in the comedy calendar prepares to return for its 15th year from Thursday 9 – Sunday 26 March 2017.  

2017’s festival features performances from household names like Jimmy Carr, Al Murray, Stewart Lee, Russell Howard, Bridget Christie, Omid Djalili, Reg D Hunter, Sue Perkins and Frankie Boyle and friends; and shows from some of the biggest acts on the UK circuit including Richard Herring, Miles Jupp, John Shuttleworth, Josie Long, Simon Munnery and David O’Doherty.


Highlights from the city-wide event include: Taggart’s Alex Norton making his solo debut at the Citizens Theatre; West End stars the Reduced Shakespeare Company bringing William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) to the King’s Theatre; Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan making a triumphant return with Off The Bawl; acclaimed journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson’s Psychopath Night; a rehearsed reading with live music of Ian Auld and Willy Maley’s The Lions of Lisbon at new GLICF venue Barras Art And Design.


The Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival has a reputation for showcasing the very best in local talent and this year is no exception - Fred MacAulay, Des Clarke, Craig Hill, Susan Calman, Mark Nelson, Janey Godley, Iain Connell and Robert Florence are lined up alongside the rising stars of Scotland’s world renowned comedy scene, including Richard Gadd, Fern Brady, Darren Connell, Ashley Storrie, Scott Gibson, Larry Dean, Scott Agnew and Jamie Dalgleish, plus the CHUNKStival at McPhabbs, another new venue for 2017.


GLICF is equally proud to present the cream of international humour, this year bringing Greg Proops, Hailey Boyle, John Hastings, Rich Hall, Tony Law and Abigoliah Schamaun to the city, while perennial sell-out showcase America Stands Up! introduces some of the most exciting comedians working in the States right now.


The eighteen-day festival takes in stand up, sketches, improv, theatre, film and family fun, with shows putting a comedic spin on everything from gin to gussets, football to climate change. There will be podcast recordings, science and magic, a pub crawl and a quiz.


As well as huge performances in the city’s biggest venues and intimate gigs in pubs, the Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival features Bob Slayer’s anarchic Blundabus pulling up at the Riverside Museum, classic silent movies with live music at the Britannia Panopticon, laughs for little ones at the Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, and a BBC Comedy Workshop on how to make your funny ideas a reality.


Events take place every day throughout the Festival and tickets for all shows are on sale now, with some performances already selling out.


Sarah Watson, Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival Director, said: “We’ve pulled out all the stops for our fifteenth year and are very pleased to be offering festival goers our biggest programme ever. It’s great to have new venues like the Riverside Museum and Barras Art And Design on board, and our new partnership with title sponsors Glasgow Live will make it even easier for visitors and locals to keep up with all the latest festival news. 2017’s Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival offers something for every taste and budget so I hope people will dive in to the programme, make a date to see their favourite comedian and hopefully discover some brilliant new acts too.”


The Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival is supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and EventScotland and recently won Best Large Festival at the Scottish Event Awards.


Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Some of the biggest names in comedy have graced the stages of the Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival over the years and the calibre of this year’s programme is again a strong reflection of this – it’s diverse, bold and packed with an eclectic mix of top performers from the UK and internationally.


“Glaswegians are renowned for their hospitality and good humour so it’s no surprise that we’re home to one of the best comedy festivals in the world, which perfectly encapsulates our city’s personality. We're also well used to staging major events with global appeal and with more than 470 shows across 50 venues, visitors and locals alike are in for a real treat.”


Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to support the Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival, which has quickly grown to become one of the most highly-acclaimed comedy festivals in the UK.”


“Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events, and the 2017 programme is testament to this, celebrating the very best of both local and international talent. I have no doubt that this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever.”


Gregor Kyle, Editor of Glasgow Live said: “For 15 years now this city has provided the perfect stage for Europe’s biggest comedy festival. Rising stars, household names and global acts have all played the Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival and on this 15th outing it’s shaping up to be the biggest to date.”


“As a fledgling news site, dedicated to promoting what’s best about this city, for Glasgow Live to be involved as headline sponsor is a great honour. We’ve been looking forward to the 2017 event for a long time now and now that it’s finally arrived, it’s looking like exceeding our expectations.”


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