16 Jan THE WHYTE & MACKAY GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL Posted Tuesday 16 January 2018 16:32 The comedy festival is back for its 16th year and we have some top comedy talent heading to the Stand. We have some of the best international and home-grown talent on offer heading to Glasgow's favourite comedy club. We have 18 days of comedy including tour shows, compilation shows and 6 shows for kids! Many shows are sold-out and lots of shows are almost sold-out so early booking as advised now! Take a full look at the entire Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2018 line-up here and see who is coming to us at The Stand below... MARK NELSON: IRREVERENCE (2 SHOWS)Award-winning Scottish comedian wonders whether there’s any fucking point in taking anything in the fucking world fucking seriously any more. ‘Pithy-but-charming delivery, great jokes, lots of them.’ Telegraph Renowned for his brilliantly dark material, appearances on Radio and TV and his viral BBC “News At 3” satirical clips with over 100 million views, Nelson brings his smash-hit sold out show from 2017’s Edinburgh fringe to the Stand for 2 nights only. ‘Blistering material which pushes dangerously near the boundaries of good taste’ Sunday Times Thursday 8th March Tickets & Info Here Friday 9th March Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT!) JAMIE MACDONALD - DESIGNATED DRIVER (SOLD-OUT!) Thursday 8th MarchGlasgow’s own Jamie MacDonald is blind dynamite. A master story teller he’s named as ‘one to watch’ on the BBC’s hot talent list; was a semi-finalist in the 2017 BBC new comedy award; appeared in the award-winning Scot Squad; and featured on the radio 4 comedy ‘Fred at the stand’. He’s taking his critically acclaimed show to The Stand. Its foot to the floor comedy from the comedian you don’t want driving you home. ‘Not afraid to milk his disability’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby Tickets & Info Here SUSIE MCCABE - DOMESTIC DISASTER (2 SHOWS) (SOLD-OUT)GICF FAVOURITE AND THE FASTEST SELLING ACT OF 2017 IS BACK WITH ANOTHER BRAND NEW SHOW FOR 2018. Susie is back with her unique brand of cynicism and solid hard-hitting punchlines. This year Susie looks at why she is generally rubbish and a disaster at all things domestic and more . ‘A naturally funny storyteller, a genuine stand-up, highly recommended’ Kevin Bridges Friday 9th March Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT!) Saturday 10th March Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT!) STAND KIDS COMEDY CLUB PRESENTS: BLABBERMOUTHS (SOLD-OUT!) Saturday 10th MarchJoin Billy Kirkwood & Neil "The Wee Man" Bratchpiece for an afternoon of unplanned silliness that is BLABBERMOUTHS the interactive kids comedy that mixes stand up, storytelling, improv comedy special guests and more. Sorry, no under 5’s and all young comedy fans must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets & Info Here GARY FAULDS - WELCOME TO SESHLEHEM (SOLD-OUT) Saturday 10th MarchJoin the Glaswegian funny man for his fourth Glasgow Comedy Festival. Fast paced punchline packed relatable comedy. The tonic wine fuelled yum yum destroyer is extremely excited to welcome his people to the town of Seshlehem, a town where it's illegal to be a VL, salads are forbidden and Gyms are used as torture camps and vegans are allowed the sausage. 'Gary is destined for a great career' - BBC Scotland Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) THE FESTIVAL CLUB (3 SHOWS)Late night comedy at its best, right here at The Stand Comedy Club – cos who really wants an early night anyway? See the pick of international acts from across the Festival, plus the best in home-grown and up-and-coming comedy talent – you never know who might drop in. Many previous Festival Club acts have gone on to much bigger things so get down to see the next big thing today! 'The Stands Festival Club captured the essence of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival…intimate, exciting and raw' List Saturday 10th March (With Host Fred MacAulay) Tickets & Info Here Saturday 17th March (With Host Ian Coppinger) Tickets & Info Here Saturday 24th March (Host TBC) Tickets & Info Here KEITH FARNAN PRESENTS... KIDOCRACY Sunday 11th MarchKidocracy is an interactive comedy show for children aged 6+, presented by Brehon, an ancient Irish know-it-all who’s in charge of an island where children get to rule because the grown-ups have obviously made such a mess of the world. Tickets & Info Here JIM SMITH - BACK TO THE TEUCHTER (SOLD-OUT) Sunday 11th MarchIts ‘Countryfile’ meets ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ as Jim returns with another collection of stories of rural life freshly picked from his Perthshire farm. After his 2017 sell out Glasgow show, the man that brought you such tales as ‘’ Fife Darth Vader ’’ will once again hit the stage using characters, regional accents and impressions to help explain to city slickers what the outside world looks like through the eyes of those that ‘ bide up the glen’. Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) DAVID KAY - LIVE Sunday 11th MarchOne of the hidden gems of the Scottish comedy circuit, David Kay, as seen on The Alternative Comedy Experience : Comedy Central and heard as the reluctant wizard in Modrin McDonald 21st Century Wizard on BBC Radio 4 'Kay arrives looking as though he should be in an art school indie band yet talking as if he’s a senior citizen' Scotsman Kay’s appeal comes from the leftfield, his ambling style has 'an uncanny ability to traverse normal boundaries between the weird and the familiar' Skinny 'wonderfully improbable' Scotland on Sunday Kay’s style remains unique, laconic and downright funny. Tickets & Info Here GEORGE EGG: DIY CHEF Monday 12th MarchFollowing sell out Edinburgh Fringe runs in 2015 and 2016 plus a sell-out UK tour, award winning comedian George Egg (the ‘Anarchist Cook’) returns with a BRAND-NEW SHOW demonstrating more live cooking and laugh-out-loud comedy. In ‘DIY CHEF’ George‘s doctor has told him he needs to rethink his culinary habits and as a result his family have banned him from using the kitchen. They’ve banished him to the shed. But George simply has to keep cooking and his unstoppable urge to be creative means inventive solutions and some seriously tasty food. It’s funny, inspiring and absurd in equal measure, a cross-genre show falling somewhere between a stand-up comedy set and an illustrated lecture. Expect power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies to be abused and re-purposed. Expect lots of laughs. Expect to learn something new. And you get to taste the food at the end.* *at your own risk! ‘hugely entertaining’ Guardian ‘It is refreshing to encounter a performer who really is unique’ Telegraph ‘A genius... he is the friendly face of anarchy, the anarchic face of food and the foodie face of comedy’ Scotland On Sunday Tickets & Info Here MAE MARTIN: DOPE Tuesday 13th MarchThe award-winning stand-up and star of BBC Radio Four’s Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality presents her debut UK tour. Mae Martin is comedy’s most naturally charismatic young storyteller, fresh from sell-out seasons in Australia, Edinburgh and London. In her new show Dope, she examines a lifetime of obsessions, fandom and addiction and shines a light on that one weird shrimp we all have in our brains that is happy to pursue short-term pleasure despite long-term consequences. ‘Effortlessly amusing – Mae’s gentle charm is highly watchable’ ★★★★ Times ‘Quietly radical - expertly splices comedy, opinion and enlightenment’ Guardian Tickets & Info Here THE BEST OF RED RAW (2 SHOWS)Our long-running new comedy showcase is regarded as the best open mic night in the UK. Catch up to ten new acts – some treading the boards for the very first time. This is where everyone starts and it’s your chance to see the stars of tomorrow today. Watch out for older hands dropping in to try out new material too - and during the Glasgow International Comedy Festival you just never know who might turn up... Tuesday 13th March Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) Tuesday 20th March Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) JOHN ROBERTSON - THE DARK ROOM Wednesday 14th MarchYou awake to find yourself in a Dark Room! You, the audience must choose an option. Will you: A) Find the Light Switch? B) Cry for Help? C) Go North? Come and play the world’s first live-action text-based adventure game! It’s a choose-your-own-adventure! So choose it! The Dark Room blurs the lines between comedy and game show and is enjoyed by gamers, non-gamers, teens and parents. The audience play as contestants and the rules are simple. 1 - Options appear on the screen. 2 - Audience calls out the option they want. 3 - You’re either right, or dead. 4 - In the end, everybody plays! Originally an interactive YouTube game, the Dark Room went viral and attracted more than 4 million views. Comedian John Robertson then transformed the game into a live show, and so far, has enjoyed sell out shows at Insomnia Gaming Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, EB Games Expo and MCM Comic Con. ‘NOT TO BE MISSED’ Guardian Tickets & Info Here LARRY DEAN - FANDAN (2 SHOWS) (SOLD-OUT)Larry Dean brings his critically-acclaimed new show on tour following a sold-out Edinburgh Fringe run and a debut appearance on BBC1’s Live At The Apollo. Enjoy ‘unexpected and excellent’ **** Sunday Times storytelling from one of UK comedy’s fiercest new talents. As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store. British Comedy Guide Top 10 Best Reviewed Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017. ‘Confessional storytelling at its funniest’ ★★★★★ Herald ‘Dean’s work is as good as Kevin Bridges’ ★★★★ List ‘Has the easy charm of an arena comic and the high joke rate, too’ Guardian Wednesday 14th March Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) Thursday 15th March Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) CHRISTOPHER MACARTHUR-BOYD: HOME SWEET HOME Thursday 15th March1.23 million people in Britain between the ages of 24-30 still live with their mum and dad. Christopher Macarthur-Boyd is one of those people. Home Sweet Home is the debut hour from Scotland’s best new comedian, who STV says is 'following in the footsteps of Kevin Bridges'. Born and bred in the East End of Glasgow, Christopher is considered an international comedian, having performed everywhere from Galway and Adelaide to Toronto and London. As featured on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4extra. 'A comedian on the ascent. The personal and political housed seamlessly' Skinny 'A comedy nerd’s informed tweaking of stand-up convention' Chortle Tickets & Info Here CRAIG CAMPBELL: EASY TIGER 2017-18 WORLD TOUR (2 SHOWS)The majestic mountain moose in a tiger striped onesie brings his thrilling new show 'Easy Tiger' out of the Fringe jungle and onto the world stage for his 3rd solo tour. 'Loud, beautifully crafted tales of outsider adventure' Independent 'A fantastic yarn weaver, with charming tales of his travels and hugely funny observations' Time Out 'Perfectly observed and hilarious storytelling'Chortle 'A whirlwind hour of reflections and ruminations, structured and punctuated by some slick audience interaction' ★★★★ Herald Friday 16th March Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) Thursday 22nd March Tickets & Info Here IAIN CONNELL - SOME BUZZ (2 SHOWS) (SOLD-OUT)After years in the sketch show game, Iain Connell, star and co-creator of BBC hit show Burnistoun, is throwing caution to the wind and finally succumbing to his long-suppressed desire to become a stand-up comedian. Sit down on a chair as Iain shares his take on the familiar yet unpredictable ingredients that make life Some Buzz. Friday 16th March Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) Sunday 18th March Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) DONAL VAUGHAN - SCIENCE MAGIC (2 KIDS SHOWS)Prepare to enter the magical world of science. Forget Harry Potter, Donal is the real wizard. Join him as he does the impossible. Always exciting, sometimes messy. Learn about science, and laugh your pants off while you do. And the best part??? You can do all the tricks at home using everyday household items. You too can become a science wizard and amaze your family and friends. Saturday 17th March Tickets & Info Here Sunday 18th March Tickets & Info Here ASHLEY STORRIE: ADULTING (SOLD-OUT) Saturday 17th MarchScotland’s favourite funny girl and viral internet sensation Ashley Storrie returns to the Glasgow comedy festival with a brand-new show about not growing up. With the world most likely ending quite soon, Ashley believes we should all have a laugh and be a bit more honest particularly about the myth of “adulthood” … nobody really grows up, we’re all just great at pretending! ‘A total revelation’ Dawn French Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) ST PATRICK'S DAY IRISH COMEDY SPECIAL! (SOLD-OUT!) Saturday 17th MarchCelebrate St Patrick’s day in style with Ireland's finest under one roof. Excellent value Celtic showcase. With Ian Coppinger, Andrew Ryan, Mary Flanigan and host Michael Redmond. 'Wonderful line-up truly justifies show's title' Evening News Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT!) ED GAMBLE: MAMMOTH (SOLD-OUT) Sunday 18th MarchAfter the huge success of his 2016 tour, that gobby little toerag Ed Gamble is back with a brand new lumbering beast of a comedy show. Off of Mock the Week (BBC2), Drunk History (Comedy Central), Conan (TBS), Almost Royal (E4), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC3), Man Down (C4) as well as countless other things (3 other things). '… He is on irresistible form' ★★★★ Telegraph '… a master of unlocking the humour in everything' ★★★★ List 'Creative and clever humour that leaves the audience in stitches' ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) ALUN COCHRANE: ALUNISH COCHRANISH Monday 19th MarchGrumpy-joyful, silly-serious stand-up. Jokes, ideas and (possibly) movement will all be deployed for your amusement during this show. As seen on blah blah and blah, and heard on various funny radio shows. Tickets & Info Here ROB ROUSE - ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? Monday 19th MarchHe’s married, has two kids, a dog and an eye-watering mortgage, (is in debt) in these times of austerity and uncertainty, but remains resolute that a career in unpredictable world of comedy was absolutely the right way to go. (It’s far too late to try something else now.) 'He’s a man with genuinely funny bones' Sunday Times 'The tears of laughter came in floods… a sustained piece of observational storytelling which just peaked and peaked…' Scotsman Tickets & Info Here BBC COMEDY: GETTING YOUR IDEA MADE Tuesday 20th MarchJoin us for a lively discussion about comedy writing, development and how on earth you get your idea broadcast. From radio, to telly, to online, where are the opportunities and what makes the grade? Whilst there is no magic formula, we’ve invited comedy professionals to share their insights and experience. If you want to write comedy, or already do, please come along and join the discussion. This is your chance to air those burning questions and find out everything you’d like to know. Tickets & Info Here FERN BRADY : SUFFER, FOOLS! Wednesday 21st MarchThis is Fern’s third solo show, it sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe, toured the UK and she's bringing it to Glasgow just before taking it to Melbourne International Comedy Festival. As heard on Radio 4’s The News Quiz, The Now Show, BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News, Viceland’s Brexit Stage Left, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience. ‘Her best show yet’ Guardian ‘An astounding hour’ List ‘Quick witted acerbic stand up’ Skinny Tickets & Info Here ROBIN INCE - PRAGMATIC INSANITY Wednesday 21st MarchRobin's first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe. In 2017 Robin completed a 70 date, record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concluded at the Wembley Arena. Robin is the winner of a Sony Gold and Rose d'Or for the Infinite Monkey Cage and the Time Out Outstanding Contribution to Comedy, as well as The Francis Crick Science Journalism Award. Tickets & Info Here CHRIS FORBES - UNQUIET MIND (SOLD-OUT) Friday 23rd MarchStar of BBC’s Scot Squad and award-winning comedian, Chris Forbes returns to the Glasgow Comedy Festival with an electrifying hour of stand-up & musical comedy. Having sold out the last three years in a row, Forbes’s biggest show to date is not to be missed. ‘Brilliantly observed...laugh out loud stuff…A natural comedian’ Herald ‘He’s brilliant company – honest, insightful, very funny.’ Scotsman ‘You’ll spend an hour with a big stupid smile plastered across your face’ List Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) RAYMOND MEARNS - LIVE @ THE STAND (SOLD-OUT) Friday 23rd MarchLife can be a curse, but laughter is the cure! That's what Raymond has been successfully dispensing for over twenty years as one of the funniest and most consistent stand-up comedians in the country! A regular on the successful BBC Radio Scotland panel show ‘Breaking The News’ and with numerous film and TV credits to his name Raymond will be once more doing what he does best: his live stand-up solo show. Laughter is the best medicine so make an appointment for a consultation with Glasgow's comedy doctor! ‘Exceptionally funny and cathartic’ Scotsman ‘Improvisational Genius’ Frankie Boyle Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) GARY DUNN PRESENTS JOKES AND TRICKS! (2 KIDS SHOWS)After a sell out at the 2017 Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Gary Dunn is back again for more Mirth, Magic and Marshmallows? Gary brings his own brand of slapstick, comedy and fast paced modern magic back to The Stand this March for what could be his stupidest show yet. Lots of belly laughs and silly tricks make this a show for the whole family to enjoy! ‘Phenomenal’ Daily Record ‘Not to be missed’ Primary Times Saturday 24th March Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) Sunday 25th March Tickets & Info Here PAUL SINHA: SHOUT OUT TO MY EX (SOLD-OUT) Saturday 24th MarchIn his 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show, comedian and doyen of daytime, Paul Sinha, weaved an intricate tale of happiness based on a combination of doing the two jobs he loved, enjoying parental approval, and, actually being in a proper, grown-up, long-term relationship. The day after he returned home, the illusion of happiness was shattered. Was this the end? The beginning of the end? Or the end of a beginning? ‘Life will bring him crashing down to earth soon enough. And that really ought to sustain his densely funny and accomplished comedy.’ Scotsman ‘Hilarious’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ‘Comedy gold’ Scotsman Tickets & Info Here (SOLD-OUT) AMERICA STANDS UP 2018 Saturday 24th MarchBe the first to see some of the biggest stars from across the pond in our superb showcase of American comedy talent. Tickets & Info Here MICHELLE MCMANUS - RELOADED Sunday 25th MarchSinger, presenter and columnist Michelle brings her second one woman show to GICF. It sold out at the Edinburgh Festival and features some of Michelle's all-time favourite songs, with stories from her life over the past thirteen years since winning Pop Idol, seen through the eyes of her delusional alter ego, who truly believes she is an international mega star. Tickets & Info Here MATT FORDE - A SHOW HASTILY REWRITTEN IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS – AGAIN! Sunday 25th MarchThe UK's leading political comedian and host of Unspun presents a show completely changed by events which haven’t yet happened. Ultra-topical comedy as seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Mock the Week, The One Show and Question Time. Now with added Trump. ‘Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe’ ★★★★★ Telegraph ‘A first-class comic’ Guardian ‘Singlehandedly fulfilling comedy’s brief of taking our political masters to task. Combining spot-on impressions with up-to-the-minute observations’ ★★★★ Mail on Sunday Tickets & Info Here See the full line-up for March here.