Glasgow Smiles better than ever before

Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2010

More acts, more tickets, more comedy fans and much more laughter – the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival has had its most successful year ever.

Bucking the trend of the economic downturn and proving that people love to laugh, festival organisers have reported a bumper year for the city’s much loved event.

2010 marked the eighth year of the festival, with a record 379 events over 19 days (11-29 March). This year’s event had more tickets available than ever before – a whopping 111,500 – and sales were up 8% year-on-year.

So popular was this year’s festival that a host of extra shows were added to the programme to meet demand, with eager comedy lovers snapping up tickets to bonus performances from the likes of Lee Mack, Jimmy Carr and Frankie Boyle.

Tommy Sheppard, Director of the Scottish Comedy Agency, the company behind the festival, said: “Each year the festival just keeps getting bigger and better and these results underline its status as not only the biggest all-round entertainment event in Glasgow covering all forms of comedy including stand-up, sketch, music, theatre, puppetry, poetry, films, animation and workshops, but also the biggest festival solely dedicated to comedy in Europe.”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: “Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival has grown significantly over the past eight years to become one of the most well attended and highly acclaimed comedy festivals in the UK.  EventScotland has supported the Comedy Festival since 2007 and these fantastic results reinforce the festival’s standing as a world-class cultural event.”  

With advance ‘taster’ showcases for the festival held in both London and New York, the international aspect of the event continued to go from strength to strength in 2010 with acts from the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Ireland journeying to Glasgow to take part.

The festival also continued its strong commitment to help nurture local and emerging talents, with a host of both up-and-coming and well established Scottish and UK talent stepping up to the mic.  

With a fellow Glaswegian (Billy Connolly) being named at the top of two recent polls to find the public’s favourite stand-up comedian, the news of another successful year for the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival proves that Glasgow really is ‘smiles better’!