Highlights of the last week of Europe’s largest comedy festival

As the final week of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival (GICF) approaches, remaining highlights include a special tour of Loch Lomond and Glengoyne Whisky Distillery with Vladimir McTavish; some of the most exciting comedians working in the States right now presented in regular GICF sell-out America Stands Up, solo shows from household names like Adam Hills, Reginald D Hunter, Julian Clary and Frankie Boyle, and an evening with local star Michelle McManus.

The Rabbie's Loch Lomond & Glengoyne Whisky Comedy Tour takes place on Wednesday 23 and Sunday 27 March and sees Vladimir McTavish entertain daytrippers with an improvised commentary as they visit Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and Balloch Country Park, and receive a complimentary tour and tasting at Glengoyne Whisky Distillery as part of the event aboard a Rabbie’s Tour bus.

The final week of GICF keeps up the pace with something to see every day for all tastes and budgets: critically-acclaimed stand up from Frankie Boyle at the Clyde Auditorium; character comedy from Scot Squad’s Chief Commissioner Cameron Miekelson, improv from Paul Merton and chums; the best of the US comedy scene in America Stands Up; and a debate on comedy, women and feminism with Standard Issue, are just some of the events lined up.

Headline acts and household names set to appear include Reginald D Hunter, Adam Hills, Mark Steel, Ardal O'Hanlon, Julian Clary, Shappi Khorsandi and Mark Watson. Local stars are out in force with Des Clarke, Michelle McManus, Fred MacAulay and Janey Godley all performing, while the Festival continues to showcase some of Glasgow’s most creative up and coming talents including Fern Brady, Chris Forbes and Jamie Dalgleish.

Joe Aitken, Head of Events at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Glaswegians are renowned for their hospitality and good humour, so it’s no surprise that we’re home to one of the world’s best comedy festivals. In the last week of Europe’s largest comedy festival, I am sure that residents and visitors alike will enjoy the diverse line-up of home-grown talent and international acts set to perform across a variety of city venues.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Glasgow International Comedy Festival has once again delivered an outstanding programme, featuring some of the most exciting comedians from across the UK and even further afield. “The final week, in particular, presents a number of occasions to enjoy the unique and varied talents of a special line-up of acts and I would urge as many people as possible to take advantage of this opportunity before the festival concludes on March 27.”

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