Why I'm coming back to the Glasgow Comedy Festival
Ardal O'Hanlon, Daniel Sloss and more share their love of the GCF
Fascinating Aida's Dillie Keane
Because it may be the last chance to visit Scotland before we need a passport.
Because I have a big family event that weekend that I want to avoid.
I am really excited about bringing my new show to the Glasgow Comedy Festival, firstly because it’s a new show, and secondly because it’s my first time at the festival.
Glasgow isn’t somewhere that I know particularly well, having only spent half a day here back in 2010, but it is somewhere I’m looking forward to getting to know better. My first visit involved the Apple store (well done Glasgow, you have a good one), a Dixons (again, a first class example of a popular shop, the white goods in particular, I remember, were impressive) and The Lighthouse Museum (lovely rooftop views, good quality nautical exhibits, and if my memory serves me correctly, excellent escalators).
If you’ve never seen me perform before, then I should point out that I have a lot of ‘gear’, no not that sort of gear, musical gear, stuff. For any muso geeks, specifically, that’s a Nord Piano 88 and a Yamaha Stagepas 250m as well as many other bits and bobs – don’t want to give too much away. Anyway, it’s too much to carry on a train or plane, so I have to drive from London. That is a good 7 hour drive if you don’t stop, and I do want to stop. I’m already excited about stopping at Tebay services, easily the best service station in the UK. The pond! The farm shop! The ducks!
I suppose what I’m getting at, is that the approach to Glasgow will be lengthy, therefore the anticipation high! But I’m sure I’ll have a great time. If anyone has any suggestions of where else I should visit when I’m in town do tweet me (@vikkistone) and let me know. Suggestions of alternative electrical stores, and other good examples of escalators most welcome.
I have been to Edinburgh but everyone said that Glasgow was a lot more vibrant. I hope that's what they said as I couldn't quite understand the accent.
It is always a pleasure to come back to my home town of Glasgow where the audiences appreciate great comedy and are always particularly enthusiastic if it is of the local variety. The west coast of Scotland in particular has long been at the heart of industrial, working-class history and the added ingredient of a wide social melting-pot naturally forms the basis of the best Scottish comedy.
From Chic Murray to Billy Connolly, Ivor Cutler to Stanley Baxter and nowadays Jerry Sadowitz to Frankie Boyle, not forgetting the current gag-meister, Kevin Bridges... a fabulous roll-call of immense talents.
At this year's Glasgow Comedy Festival I will be interviewing at the Tron both established and new comedians. If I can spot the next Kevin Bridges, I will be very lucky indeed.
Glasgow is great because it shows you what Scotland is all about. And it's not whisky, kilts or bagpipes. Last year I was woken up by a sectarian march outside my hotel window that ended in a massive free-for-all. So authentic! Hip-hip-hooray for Scottish independence!
The reason I always go back to Glasgow is coz its lovely and mental. The extremes of both. I got heckled at a gig in Glasgow when I was 17 and before I could wittily destroy the heckler a 40 year old women leaned over, smacked him across the back of the head and said, 'You let that sweet little boy finish'. I love Glasgow.
I’ve been part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival as either a performer or punter for 8 years now and the reason I keep coming back is the immense fun I have being part of it. It has always been said that Glasgow as a city has a unique sense of humour which it prides itself upon and this shines through at the festival. People are often quick to make over the top comments about how hard it is to play to a Glasgow crowd, spouting off tales of how even the best have died onstage in the city. It’s absolute rubbish. If a Glasgow crowd find you funny then they will let you know and give you a better reception than anywhere else in the world. There is a reason why the festival attracts the biggest and best comedians in the world every year, every single one I have ever spoken to loves it. Edinburgh might have the history, the critics, the media presence, the prestige. Personally I prefer Glasgow where you just have a laugh.
This is the first time I've had the opportunity to play at my home city's wonderful comedy festival – what a perfect reason to retire from retirement!
What do I love about Glasgow and its comedy festival? What is there not to love about Glasgow?
It has the same sense of humour as the North East of England - the people have that edge to them where you can take the mick and have a joke with them and they'll either laugh or knock you out!
Its that tight rope of danger that I like to walk with my comedy! Also Glaswegian comedy audiences are not shy to get involved with a show – that's what makes the difference between watching a live show and a DVD where you can hear the audience. And also the weather – I love the Glasgow weather: the infrequent spells of rain always wash away any cobwebs of complacency from you!
For more info on some of the comedians appearing at the Glasgow Comedy Festival 2012, read our interviews with Doug Stanhope, Stewart Francis, Frankie Boyle, Craig Hill, Tiffany Stevenson, Keara Patricia Murphy and Janey Godley.