Why I'm coming back to the Glasgow Comedy Festival

Ardal O'Hanlon, Daniel Sloss and more share their love of the GCF

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Why come back to the Glasgow Comedy Festival?

Vikki Stone

Fascinating Aida's Dillie Keane

Because it may be the last chance to visit Scotland before we need a passport.

Ardal O’Hanlon

Because I have a big family event that weekend that I want to avoid.

Vikki Stone

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.

Michael Winslow

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.

Arnold Brown

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.

Henning Wehn

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!

Daniel Sloss

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.

Mark Nelson

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.

Dorothy Paul

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!

Patrick Monahan

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.

Ardal O'Hanlon

Best known as dim-witted Father Dougal in the classic comedy series Father Ted, O'Hanlon is also a really rather good stand-up.

Daniel Sloss: The Joker

That there Daniel Sloss continues his epic comedy rise with his new show The Joker.

Mark Nelson: Live & Unleashed

Mark Nelson's latest show is gloriously sharp and offensive, just how we like it. Part of Glasgow Comedy Festival.

Dorothy Paul: Retiring from Retirement

Comedy, music and general outrageousness from local legend Dorothy Paul in her new show. There's the usual tales of her irrepressible cleaner, best mate Wilma and her poor, hen-pecked husband, in her trademark gossipy style. Ages 14+.

Michael Winslow: The Man of 10 000 Voices

Vocal acrobatics from Michael Winslow, whose 2011 Fringe run completely sold out, as the man of 10 000 voices demonstrates incredible beat-boxing skills. Part of Glasgow Comedy Festival.

The Legendary Arnold Brown Comedy Interviews

Comedy and chat with the legend himself, Arnold Brown, and a host of comedians appearing at this year's festival.

Henning Wehn: No Surrender

Germany's sort of Comedy Ambassador (we think he made up that title) dispelling the myth that his countryfolk have no sense of humour.

Patrick Monahan: Hug Me I Feel Good

Winner of ITV's Show Me the Funny, Patrick Monahan tells great stories about his Irish/Iranian/Teeside heritage and, if you're lucky, maybe he'll give you a hug after.

Vikki Stone: Songs and Jokes

Does exactly what it says on the tin: catchy songs and smart jokes from Vikki Stone.

Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive

The satirical cabaret trio – Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman – take their new show on tour.

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