Entering it’s 15th year as a comedy festival, 2017 marks the biggest line-up yet, with 470 shows in 50 venues taken place in March from the 9th to the 26th, the Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival announced its programme yesterday, with some of the biggest names in British comedy such as like Jimmy Carr, Al Murray, Stewart Lee, Russell Howard, Bridget Christie, Omid Djalili, Reg D Hunter, Josie Long, David O’Doherty and the city’s very own Frankie Boyle. Amongst other fellow local talent such as Fred MacAulay, Des Clarke, Craig Hill, Susan Calman, Mark Nelson, Janey Godley, Iain Connell and Robert Florence are lined up alongside the rising stars of Scotland’s world renowned comedy scene, including Richard Gadd, Fern Brady, Darren Connell, Ashley Storrie, Scott Gibson, Larry Dean, Scott Agnew and Jamie Dalgleish,
Highlights from the city-wide event include: Taggart’s Alex Norton making his solo debut at the Citizens Theatre; West End stars the Reduced Shakespeare Company bringing William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) to the King’s Theatre; Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan making a triumphant return with Off The Bawl; acclaimed journalist and broadcaster Jon Ronson’s Psychopath Night; a rehearsed reading with live music of Ian Auld and Willy Maley’s The Lions of Lisbon at new GLICF venue Barras Art And Design.
GLICF is equally proud to present the cream of international humour, this year bringing Greg Proops, Hailey Boyle, John Hastings, Rich Hall, Tony Law and Abigoliah Schamaun to the city, while perennial sell-out showcaseAmerica Stands Up! introduces some of the most exciting comedians working in the States right now.
The eighteen-day festival takes in stand up, sketches, improv, theatre, film and family fun, with shows putting a comedic spin on everything from gin to gussets, football to climate change. There will be podcast recordings, science and magic, a pub crawl and a quiz.
As well as huge performances in the city’s biggest venues and intimate gigs in pubs, the Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival features Bob Slayer’s anarchic Blundabus pulling up at the Riverside Museum, classic silent movies with live music at the Britannia Panopticon, laughs for little ones at the Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, and a BBC Comedy Workshop on how to make your funny ideas a reality.