It should come as no surprise that tickets for the household names sell quickly, so instead of moaning about not being able to buy a Frankie Boyle or Jimmy Carr ticket, save yourself some cash and go see a few of the most talented, emerging performers from the local and international comedy scene as they take to the stage during the fifteenth annual Glasgow Comedy Festival.
Last year Fern Brady wasn’t invited to the Annual Female Comedians Brunch. She was devastated. This show lists every reason she might not have been invited.
A regular panelist on BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News and seen on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Stewart Lee’s Alternative Comedy Experience, Fern’s now bringing her critically acclaimed show about gender, class and Catholicism to Glasgow after selling out for a second year at the Fringe.
Where: Blackfriars Basement | When: Friday 24 March 7.30pm | Price: £10/£8
Richard Brown previews a brand new hour of bleakly misanthropic alternative comedy. Whether he’s giving tutorials on Scottish slang, wearing a box of Fosters on his head while performing or squashing rap battle beefs, Richard is self deprecatingly hilarious.
This will be Richard’s second outing at the Glasgow Live International Comedy Festival, with his first show being perhaps being one of the best named shows of all time – “Stop, Children, What’s that Sound? Everybody Look, it’s Richard Brown!” This year, he’s gone with “Hold Tightly to the Walls”…there’s only one way to find out why.
Where: McPhabbs | When: Thursday 23 March 8pm | Price: £4/3
There’s panic on the streets. Terrorists, politicians and Kardashians have made the human race hell-bent on its own self-destruction. Luckily, Sean McLoughlin (the misanthrope’s misanthrope) has been hitting the self-destruction button his whole life and might just have the experience to get us all through this fog.
Where: Blackfriars Basement | When: Friday 17 March 9.15pm | Price: £10/£8
Born in 1836 to a wealthy family of horse miners on the Isle of Lies, Gabriel Featherstone is an arrogant songwriter and stand-up comedian who has recently been described as being ‘better than he used to be’ by one of Glasgow’s popular entertainers. He is well-known in the West-End for his jagged wit and his fondness for making unhelpful suggestions at inconvenient moments.
Carved From Ape, Gabriel’s first hour-long show, is an exciting collection of funny stories, curious songs and life-enhancing surprises. Contains weak language and sexualised oddity.
Where: McPhabbs | When: Thursday 16 March 9.30pm | Price: £4/£3
Abigoliah returns to the Glasgow Comedy Festival to talk of her love for healthy living by day and debauched shenanigans by night. Explore health and wellness from the perspective of a woman who hates her thighs but loves fried chicken.
A former NYC yogi now living in London, Abigoliah is a disarmingly honest comedian with a tender heart and a foul mouth that compliments her wicked sense of humour.
Where: Bob’s Blundabus @ McPhabbs | When: Friday 10 March 7.30pm | Price: £5
After sell-out shows in 2014 (Fair Play To Them, with Craig Johnstone) and 2015 (Sweetheart), Christopher Macarthur-Boyd is preparing to debut his new show, The Boyd With The Thorn In His Side, which will see the 23-year-old comedian dealing with two huge issues: the seemingly irreversible slide of the western world into far-right fascism, and his girlfriend leaving him.
Where: The Stand | When: Thursday 23 March | Price: £8/7