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Glasgows Gagging For It

Thursday, 21 January 2010

The Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival is returning in style for 2010 - with a belter of a line-up befitting one of Scotland's biggest festivals.


The 2010 programme was officially unveiled today (Thursday 21st January 2010) revealing an unprecedented roster of acts for the event which runs from 11th-28th March.


Now in its eighth year and a major part of Glasgow's thriving entertainment scene, the festival is bigger and better than ever before, with 360 shows and almost 109,000 tickets available throughout the 18-day event - 5,000 more than in 2009.


The largest dedicated comedy festival in Europe, this year's line up will feature the strongest international influence to date, with comedians from the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Ireland joining UK talent along with plenty of home-grown Scottish acts.


Big names appearing at the festival include Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Dara Ó Briain, Paul Merton, Jerry Sadowitz, Lee Mack, Jim Jeffries and Stewart Lee. Today's announcement also includes the welcome addition of extra performances from acts such as Carr, Mack and Glasgow's own Des McLean, whose original shows sold out before the full programme was even announced.


Top US comic Bill Burr will make his Scottish debut, having taken America by storm with a headline spot alongside Ricky Gervais at the New York Comedy Festival and numerous appearances on the David Letterman and Jay Leno shows.


Burr is leading the way for an influx of top class American acts - 11 in total - including Todd Barry (a stand up who also played Mickey Rourke's boss in The Wrestler), Marc Maron (host of the US version of Never Mind the Buzzcocks) and Tony Award-winning musical comedian Stephen Lynch (who starred in the lead role in the Broadway adaptation of The Wedding Singer) - almost all of whom have had their own specials on the likes of Comedy Central or HBO.


Tommy Sheppard, Director of the Scottish Comedy Agency, the company behind the festival, said:  'Every year we set the bar higher - and every year we better the year before. We are delighted to announce yet again an increase in capacity - offering more laughs to the people of Glasgow and giving those not fortunate enough to live in the city even more reason to visit in March. We've a breadth of programming to marvel at - from family friendly household names to the taboo-busting wild boys of contemporary stand-up.'


Something for Everyone

The 2010 Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival will be the most accessible yet - with a little something special for everyone, at pocket-friendly prices. 


Great value shows throughout the festival will allow credit crunch comedy fans to soak up some fantastic entertainment without breaking the bank. There are a number of free shows, many more with single-figure prices, and the top priced tickets (for Jimmy Carr) come in at just £22.50 - excellent value compared with other entertainment, music or sporting events of a similar calibre.


The festival will span 42 venues in total, taking in the City Centre, West End, East End and Southside so there will always be an easily reachable laugh nearby.  Everyone from children to more mature comedy fans will find something to take their fancy at the festival - with everything from CBBC stars Big Howard and Little Howard to comic stalwarts such as Pam Ayres, Jim Bowen and Barry Cryer on offer.


There's local humour from top Scottish acts such as Raymond Mearns, Susan Calman, Scott Agnew, Craig Hill and Mark Nelson, or something from further afield courtesy of the international visitors.


There's even the option to take part yourself with a series of workshops on how to get ahead in the comedy industry as well as Impact Arts' Get Set, Stand Up! - a free workshop for 14-19 year olds.


From cerebral to slapstick, sketch to puppets, solo stand-up to pick 'n' mix shows, auditoriums to intimate basements, there really is something to suit all tastes and budgets. 


Rob Calder, Marketing Manager for Magners, said: 'We're looking forward to another busy year with the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival.  The relationship between Magners and comedy has grown over the years to the benefit of individual festivals as well as the brand itself, and we are delighted to continue our partnership with the Glasgow Comedy Festival. 


'The line-up for this year's festival programme looks excellent and will give audiences the chance to see some of the best comedy performers around.  Festivals like this also help to provide a platform for up and coming comedians to showcase their talent to new audiences - which is vital to the future success of these events.'


Councillor Steven Purcell, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said:  'Glasgow enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the top cities in the world to visit and our people are famed for their natural wit. We're also well known for our ability to host successful international events so it's no surprise that Glasgow is home to one of the best comedy festivals in the world. I'm sure the festival will be a huge success and I'd encourage everyone to join in the fun.'


Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said:  'Glasgow's International Comedy Festival has, over the past eight years, established itself as Europe's largest comedy festival as well as becoming one of the most critically acclaimed and highly anticipated festivals on the comedy circuit.  The line up announced today, which includes some of the world's biggest names in comedy, is a reflection of its status and we anticipate that the 2010 Festival will continue to boast sell out shows, rave reviews and record attendance figures.'


Tickets are on sale now and selling fast. Bookings can be made on 0844 395 4005 or via http://www.ticketsoup.com/. Comedy fans are advised to register at http://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/ for news of additional shows and extra tickets.






Notes to Editors....

Key venue round-up...

The Kings - the festival has its longest run at The Kings yet, with 22 performances taking place there. This includes a triumphant six-night run for Frankie Boyle and an additional late night show from Des McLean, due to popular demand.


The Clyde Auditorium - the largest venue at the festival welcomes back Jimmy Carr for a four night run and sees Des McLean perform here for the first time.


The Citizens - comedy connoisseurs will head here for TV favourites Stewart Lee (Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, writer - Jerry Springer: The Opera), Chris Addison (The Thick of It, In the Loop), Jenny Éclair (Grumpy Old Women), Shappi Khorsandi (Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News for You) as well as Glasgow favourites Tam Cowan and, returning to his Gorbals roots, Des Clarke.


The Tron - this venue will be hosting a mix of stand up (from the likes of Arnold Brown, Janey Godley and Scott Capurro), comedy poetry from John Hegley, plus theatre and a children's puppet show.


Old Fruitmarket - a star attraction here will be the long awaited re-union of Fred Macaulay's Funny Farm (with Bruce Morton, Parrot and Stu Who). Also appearing will be the crowned King of Comedy Andrew Maxwell, Argumental and BBC Radio 4 favourite Marcus Brigstocke and the hugely popular midnight cabaret show Fullmooners.


The Stand - Glasgow's best year-round comedy club will host some of the best stand ups from both the UK and abroad every night of the festival, as well as the late night Magners Festival Club.


And of course, there are a further 36 venues throughout the city!



Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival ...

  • - The Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival was established in 2003 and is now in its eighth year.
  • - Magners Irish Cider has been the title sponsor since 2007.
  • - The Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival is also supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Glasgow City Council, EventScotland and VisitScotland.
  • - The festival is organised by the Scottish Comedy Agency, a sister company of Salt'n'Sauce Promotions Ltd, which owns and operates the highly successful Stand Comedy Clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  • - Tickets for all shows are available via the respective venue's own box offices or direct from the festival ticket hotline, TicketSoup, on 0844 395 4005


Glasgow City Marketing Bureau...

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau is the official destination marketing organisation (DMO) for metropolitan Glasgow.  It is engaged in national and international activity comprising: development and implementation of the city branding campaign Glasgow: Scotland with style; event creation, attraction, management and marketing; conventions, incentives, meetings and exhibition sales; accommodation bookings, public relations and optimisation of the website: http://www.seeglasgow.com/



  • - EventScotland is the national events agency.
  • - EventScotland is working to make Scotland one of the world's leading event destinations. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland's international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors.
  • - For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit http://www.eventscotland.org/



Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival.