The Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the largest comedy festival in Europe, will run for the 16th time between the 8th and 25th March 2018. The festival will feature over 500 performances spread over 54 venues in the city, including some central favourites like the CCA, Broadcast, and the O2 ABC, as well as some West End favourites and hidden gems such as Dram! The Stand Comedy Club, and Webster’s Theatre. As a critically renowned event, the festival has attracted some spectacular names from around the world, including Rob Delaney, Katherine Ryan, Mae Martin, Limmy, Tommy Tiernan, Shappi Khorsandi, Foil Arms and Hog, Ed Byrne, and many more that will no doubt ensure that everyone has a show to look forward to in March.
The Stand Comedy Club will be a hotspot for performances during the festival including Mae Martin’s Dope, Mark Nelson’s Irreverence, and Michelle McManus’ Reloaded. The Stand has been a cornerstone for the history of the comedy festival, as it was this venue’s organisers who first approached the council with a proposal for a comedy festival in 2002. The Stand, along with the many other comedy hubs in Glasgow will soon be ignited by the expanding variety of shows on offer. From boundary-pushing controversial stand up, to family friendly exhibitions and theatre pieces, there is truly something for all the local Glaswegians, and visiting comedy fanatics alike. This is a special affair, not to be missed.
[Ellen Magee – @mondaymagee]