It’s the biggest comedy festival in Europe and it’s back on March 12, for its 14th year, with another stellar line-up.
There’s something for everyone at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. Have you got the stamina to take in a show a day for the duration of the festival? If you think you can, we’ve worked out what you shouldn’t miss.
March 12: Sleeping Warrior Theatre Company “Love 2.0,” Tron Theatre
For anyone trying to date in the age of social media “Love 2.0” will ring many bells. This outrageous comedy is all about what happens when you take a relationship from the virtual world to the real one i.e. things don’t quite go to plan. Buy tickets here.
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March 13: Hardeep Singh Kohli, Oran Mor
One of Glasgow’s favourite comedians, Hardeep Singh Kohli, returns after a sell out show last year. His mixture of stories and insights is fast-paced and quick-witted. Buy tickets here.
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March 14: Robin Cairns “A to Z of Loving a Ned,” Govanhill Baths
What happens when a well-bred girl falls for Brian the Ned? Robin Cairns brings his cast of popular characters — Kelvinside Malcolm, his daughter Jennifer, Big Urgy the gangster and of course Brian The Ned — to life at this year’s festival for what has been described as “an absolute wee gem of a show.” Buy tickets here.
March 15: Lloyd Langford “Old Fashioned,” The Stand Comedy Club
Lloyd Langford’s show about the struggle to keep up with the pace of modern life has been praised for its “warm humour and witty one liners.” The Welshman has also been described as an “undiscovered genius” by The Guardian. Buy tickets here.
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March 16: Project You Three “An Experiment in Bad Taste,” Yesbar
Graham Barrie, J.D. Brown and Pablo Serski met on the Glasgow comedy circuit and instantly found common ground: brutally honest humour. If you fancy going on a journey into the ridiculous and the macabre buy tickets here.
March 17: “50 Shades of Smay,” The Old Hairdressers
What is the true meaning of love in Glasgow? Sarah-May wants to tell us in her own inimitable way which has been described as “laugh out loud funny”. Buy tickets here.
March 18: Dylan Moran “Off the Hook,” Clyde Auditorium
Star of Black Books, Shaun of the Dead and Cavalry, Dylan Moran returns to the Glasgow International Comedy Festival with his new stand up show, which is sure to shake the Clyde Auditorium to the rafters. Buy tickets here.
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March 19: Govanhill Theatre Group “God of Carnage,” The Govanhill Baths
This hilarious satire by Yasmina Reza tells the story of a fight between schoolboys which brings together their parents for a meeting that starts as a civilised discussion and descends into chaos. Reza’s work has won a slew of awards including a Tony for best play and an Olivier for best new comedy. Buy tickets here.
March 20: Anna Morris “Would Like To Thank,” Tron Theatre
Star of Bad Bridesmaid and Outnumbered, character comic Anna Morris brings four of her creations back to Glasgow. Which of them will be crowned Woman of the Year? You decide — if you buy tickets here.
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March 21: Craig Hill “Give Him An Inch,” Oran Mor
Another Scottish treasure, Craig Hill, promises to bring a delightfully wicked, completely camp evening of stand up to the Oran Mor. He’s been described as “absolutely hilarious,” “riotously funny,” “wickedly subversive” and “risque, rib-tickling and absolutely screaming from the rafters”. Buy tickets here.
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March 22: Morgan & West “Parlour Tricks,” Tron Theatre
If you like your comedy served with a side helping of magic, don’t miss time-travelling duo Morgan and West. Their brand new show for the comedy festival will be packed full of unbelievable feats of magic and illusion. Buy tickets here.
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March 23: “The London 2012 Closing Ceremony Closing Ceremony,” The Old Hairdressers
Can Holly bring the spirit of the London 2012 Olympics back into a world of increasing disharmony and social divide? In order to save humanity she’s going to try. Join her for the official London 2012 Games Closing Ceremony Closing Ceremony (written by Clare Sheppard, David Callaghan, Paul McDaniel and Richard Brown). Buy tickets here.
March 24: “Michelle McManus’ Reality — Reloaded,” King’s Theatre
McManus brings a new version of her successful Edinburgh Festival show to her hometown, combining an honest, witty insight into her life since she won reality TV talent show Pop Idol with show tunes from the West End and Broadway. Buy tickets here.
March 25: “Walking Shadows,” Webster’s Theatre
“Walking Shadows” is a farce about a farce. What happens when an amateur theatre company prepares to stage “Oil’s Well That Ends Well” based on some well-known American musicals? Expect sensational writing, cast and production from this show. Buy tickets here.
March 26: Dorothy Paul, King’s Theatre
The queen of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival wants you to join her on a trip down memory lane. Buy tickets here.
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March 27: Shappi Khorsandi “Because I’m Shappi,” Citizens Theatre
Best selilng author and star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Have I Got News for You, Khorsandi is back in Glasgow with a brand new show for the 2015 festival. “Because I’m Shappi” takes the audience on a journey as she reflects on how she’s got to this point and who has helped her along the way. Buy tickets here.
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March 28: Chris Forbes and Davey Connor Stand Up, Blackfriars Basement
Forbes and Connor are considered to be two of Scotland’s best upcoming comedians so this year’s festival is a chance to catch their two-for-one stand up show before they hit the big time. Buy tickets here.
March 29: Phil Kay “Still Wholly Viable,” Heroes @ The Griffin
There’s nobody quite like Phil Kay, the crazy storyteller who inspired other comedy greats such as Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran and Ross Noble. Buy tickets here.
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Want more? See the full Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2015 schedule.