Stars put to work underground at launch of glasgow comedy festival 2013

Glasgow International Comedy Festival has found a new platform – under the city! This year’s jam-packed festival kicked off in true comedic style as Scotland’s top stand-ups Bruce Devlin and Des Clarke joined Subway staff at St Enoch Station yesterday.

The comic duo had daily commuters cackling with delight as they launched the 11th Glasgow International Comedy Festival and its new promotional tie-up with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), which owns and operates the Glasgow Subway.

They put a smile on the faces of staff and passengers by providing comedic intercom announcements or cracking a joke in exchange for smiles as they issued Subway tickets.

Scottish comedian and TV presenter Bruce will also be boldly going where no comedian in Glasgow has gone before by hosting an underground gig with four other well-known gagsters at St Enoch Subway on Sunday 24th March.

SPT Chair George Redmond said, “I’m delighted that SPT is to be part of the Comedy Festival, which is easily one of the highlights of Glasgow’s cultural calendar. I’m sure that with our Subway stand-up gig at St Enoch and an array of special offers, our passengers will be delighted, too.”

Sarah Watson, Festival Manager at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival said, “The Festival is entering its second decade and we are delighted to be working in partnership with SPT. In addition we have worked with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland and Creative Scotland to deliver our best line-up yet and a comprehensive programme that includes not only stand up shows but exhibitions, film, kids entertainment and much more. One of our highlights will be presenting our first-ever show at St Enoch Subway Station during the festival. By going underground we hoped to make people laugh on their morning commute and remind them why March is the funniest month of the year in Glasgow. Those travelling by Subway should also look out for special offers for some of our most exciting shows.”

With 411 shows in 46 venues across Glasgow – a great deal of them near a Subway Station – it has never been so easy to see your favourite comedian in action or even catch one of the many exciting new faces appearing on the stand-up circuit this year.

Councillor George Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau added, “What better way to launch the Glasgow International Comedy Festival than with two of our finest comedians entertaining and engaging with visitors and locals alike as they make their way through our city’s Subway? And this is just a teaser of what is to come, as we eagerly await the opening of the festival this week. City partnerships allow for city festivals to thrive, and it’s great that SPT are on board. Much like today’s passengers, those attending the festival are in for an enjoyable journey, as this year’s festival boosts another stellar programme, with 400 shows across 46 venues, over 18 laughter-filled days. Year on year, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival has attracted increasing numbers of visitors and has brought some of the greatest comedy performers in the world to our city, generating significant benefits for Glasgow’s economy.”

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