Now in its eighth year and a major part of Scotland's thriving entertainment scene, the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival (11 -28 March) is bigger and better than ever before, with 373 shows at present and almost 109,000 tickets available throughout the 18-day event – 5,000 more tickets than in 2009.
The largest dedicated comedy festival in Europe, this year’s line up will feature the strongest ever international influence to date, with comedians from the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Ireland joining UK talent along with plenty of home-grown Scottish acts. This is in part due to the support from Homecoming Scotland, which allowed the Festival to foster strong links within the American comedy scene.
Big names appearing at the festival include Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Dara Ó Briain, Paul Merton, Jerry Sadowitz, Lee Mack, Jim Jeffries and Stewart Lee as well as an exclusive premier of the summer's hottest Hollywood blockbuster comedy movie Kick-Ass.
Top US comic Bill Burr will make his Scottish debut, having taken America by storm with a headline spot alongside Ricky Gervais at the New York Comedy Festival and numerous appearances on the David Letterman and Jay Leno shows. Burr is leading the way for an influx of top class American acts – 13 in total - including Todd Barry (a stand up who also played Mickey Rourke’s boss in The Wrestler), Marc Maron (host of the US version of Never Mind the Buzzcocks) and Tony Award-winning musical comedian Stephen Lynch (who starred in the lead role in the Broadway adaptation of The Wedding Singer) – almost all of whom have had their own specials on the likes of Comedy Central or HBO.
Tickets are available by calling 0844 395 4005 or visiting www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com