The biggest comedy festival in Europe returns from 12 to 29 March 2015. Now in its thirteenth year, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival offers nearly 106,000 tickets for 400 shows at 46 venues all over the city. The 2015 programme will be packed with not just the very best contemporary stand up, but also film, theatre, workshops, kid’s shows and discussion offering something for every taste, age and budget.
A host of headliners
A whole host of headline acts will feature in the star studded programme which takes in some of the city’s biggest theatres. Jimmy Carr, Dylan Moran and Stewart Lee will all perform at the Clyde Auditorium, Radio Scotland star Fred MacAulay leads a packed King’s Theatre programme including Al Murray, Tom Stade, Michelle McManus, Al Murray plus an already sold out performance of the live debut from Burnistoun: Live and For Real! Another jewel in the King’s Theatre line up is a gala benefit to raise in support of Gordon Aikman’s campaign to raise funds for MND Scotland, featuring Frankie Boyle and Stewart Francis. At the Citizens Theatre, the comedy festival will take over for a full two week run with a top line up including Shappi Khorsandi, Paul Chowdhry, Mark Steel and John Shuttleworth.
As usual the programme proudly boasts a strong Scottish flavour across the board, from headliners such as Jerry Sadowitz at the King’s Theatre to Susan Calman and Des Clarke in the Citizens Theatre, Craig Hill, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Phil Differ in Oran Mor plus emerging talent such as Eleanor Morton, Davey Connor, Ashley Storrie, Susie McCabe and Matt Winning.
Something for the all the family
Younger comedy fans are well catered for with a range of shows specifically programmed to appeal to families. Highlights include the Amazing Bubble Man – Louis Pearl brings his unique show to the King’s Theatre and the
innovator of stand-up for kids, James Campbell brings his ever popular show to the Citizens Theatre. The Tron will stage two very special shows both fresh from sell out runs at the Fringe, Morgan and West perform “Parlour Tricks” and Funz and Gamez take to the stage with their critically acclaimed family shows. There will also be a return of the ever popular “Watch With Baby Comedy” where parents can enjoy an adult show with their under 2’s at the Bungo on 15, 22 and 29 March.
Top International talent
The International programme is headed up by the well established and now prestigious “America Stands Up” showcase on Saturday 28 March at the Stand Comedy Club. Over the last 6 years this has featured UK debuts from many of the hottest acts from North America including Hannibal Buress, Kyle Kinane, Marina Franklin, Paul Mecurio, W Kamau Bell and Rachel Feinstein. In 2015 host Scott Capurro introduces Time Out New York’s “one to watch” Emma Willman and Kendra Cunnningham who will be recognised from Saturday Night Live and Jimmy Fallon. Other International visitors include Irish super star Tommy Tiernan, popular Canadians Rich Hall, Craig Campbell and Jason John Whitehead plus the self proclaimed German comedy ambassador Henning Wehn.
The festival will team up with BBC Comedy to host some comedy writing workshops in the Stand Comedy Club and there will be a return of the highly successful collaboration with the Sunday Herald with a topical discussion about the state of political comedy in the run up to the general election. “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Westminister” hosted by Iain MacWhirter promises to be a lively evening at the Citizen’s Theatre on Thursday 26 March at 8pm. Don’t miss specially programmed films at Cineworld, the Grosvenor and Govanhill Baths which include a celebration of the late Robin Williams.
Advance sales for festival shows are strong with additional performances being added as shows sell out. Susan Calman adds a second show at 5pm on Saturday 21 March at the Citizens Theatre, Gary Little adds a second show at 10pm on 27 March at Cottiers Theatre, Darren Connell adds a third show at 9.15pm on Sunday 22 March at Blackfriars Basement, Christian O’Connell also adds a second show at Blackfriars Basement on Friday 13 March and Nina Conti adds a third show on Thursday 19 March at the Tron Theatre.
Tommy Sheppard, director of the festival organiser’s the Scottish Comedy Agency, said:
“This year the festival enters its teenage years – and it is growing up to be one of the most looked forward to events in the Scottish cultural calendar. As ever we are delighted to bring the best to Glasgow and also to showcase what the city has to offer to the rest of the world."
Councillor Gordon Matheson, 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 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 across the globe.
“Glaswegians are renowned for their hospitality and good humour, and the city was recently voted as the friendliest in the world by travel bible Lonely Planet, so it’s no surprise that we’re home to one of the world’s best comedy festivals, which perfectly encapsulates Glasgow’s personality. We're well used to staging major events with huge international appeal and we’re looking forward to another bumper Festival; with more than 400 shows across 46 venues, visitors and locals alike are in for a real treat.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, said:
“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and once again, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival presents a programme, which celebrates the very best of comedic talent from home and abroad. It is one of the highlights on our annual calendar of cultural events, and with 400 shows across two and a half weeks; we look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors again in 2015.”