10 acts to see at Glasgow Comedy Festival

10 acts to see at Glasgow Comedy Festival

Bridget Christie plays two shows at Citizens Theatre as part of Glasgow Comedy Festival / credit: Idil Sukan

From award-winning favourite of the metropolitan elite Bridget Christie, to the city's finest resident humorists

Glasgow Comedy Festival looms, with the west of Scotland's favourite fortnight of funny taking place from Thu 8 to Sun 25 Mar. Now in it's 16th year, the festival is bringing some of the biggest names from around the world to Glasgow in 2018, as well as some lesser-known, critically-acclaimed performers, and local favourites. It's an outstanding programme – here's some of our favourites

Mae Martin: Dope
In her best show to date, the ostensibly cheery Canadian explores the darkness of addition. It's a personal, poignant hour, but the subject matter doesn't mean a shortage of laughs – the opposite is true.
Dope, The Stand Comedy Club, Tue 13 Mar, 6:50pm

Tommy Tiernan: Under The Influence
The often controversial, never dull Irish stand-up, balances out his more mischievous tendencies with plenty of contemplative musings in Under The Influence. His latest show, which he brings to Glasgow after starring in Derry Girls,
Under The Influence, King's Theatre, Wed 14 Mar. 7.30pm

Larry Dean: Fandan
Local boy Larry Dean has been around the world in the last few years, but has named his show Fandan, arguably the best playful insult his native vernacular has to offer. He's an important voice in Scottish comedy, a gay, working class man with material as strong as Kevin Bridges.
Fandan, The Stand Comedy Club, Wed 14 Mar, 9.30pm

Bridget Christie: What Now?
In her own words, the 'multi-award winning member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite' returns to Glasgow with a blistering show about the stress of rolling news. Brexit? Trump? Nuclear Apocalypse? What now, indeed...
What Now?, Citizens Theatre, Fri 16 & Sat 17 Mar, 8pm

Pat Cahill: The Fisherman
There's tangents a plenty in Pat Cahill's The Fisherman, a thrilling hour of alternative comedy, where a time of quiet reflection at the riverbank soon unravels, turning into an absurdist romp.
The Fisherman, McPhabbs, Sat 17 Mar, 4.30pm

10 acts to see at Glasgow Comedy Festival

Fin Taylor brings his acclaimed Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey to Glasgow

Fin Taylor: Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey
It was a bad year for the left, and a bad year for Fin Taylor too. In Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey, he effortlessly weaves those two narrative strands together. Having given up his own left-wing politics for something more central, it's a provocative hour that sticks the boot into hypocrites.
Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey, Blackfriars Basement, Sat 17 Mar, 7.30pm

Mat Ewins Presents: Adventureman 7
Arguably the funniest show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017. There are no lessons in Adventureman 7, and no epiphanies. Ewins, who has long been a gifted multimedia funnyman, brings relentless jokes in this outrageously good Indiana Jones parody.
Adventureman 7, Blackfriars Basement, Sat 17 Mar, 7.30pm

Matt Winning: Filibuster
In years gone by, Matt Winning has performed a show about his experience as Robert Mugabe's son. This time, he's using his (real) experience as a environmental economist to describe how climate change is not only ruining the planet, but Winning's life.
Filibuster, Blackfriars, Sun 18 Mar, 7.30pm

Mark Thomas: Showtime From The Frontline
A story about 'being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box', the ever ambitious Thomas recounts the experience of setting up a comedy club for two nights in the Palestinian city of Jenin. He's joined by Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Alaa Shehada, two aspiring comic actors from the Jenin Freedom Theatre.
Showtime From The Frontline, Tron Theatre, Wed 21 – Sat 24 Mar, 2.30pm and 7.45pm

Annie McGrath: Anniesland
The hard-working McGrath is also a member of the sketch group Twins, but her deadpan standup is a glorious thing too. Anniesland (not named after the area of Glasgow, that's just a cool coincidence) is an hour of dryly delivered, witty tales of millennial woe, dripping in sarcasm.
Anniesland, Veneer Gallery, Sat 24 Mar, 5pm

And finally...

Nev: 23 Minutes of Animal Noises
Pedigree Chunks: Best in Show 2018

What sort of festival roundup would miss out Chunks; the comedy collective whose adventurous comedy spirit and regular events are a highlight all year round. Rounding off the festival, Nev of their congregation performs his show 23 Minutes of Animal Noises, before all Chunks indulge their silliest urges and compete for the Golden Pineapple.
McPhabbs, Sun 25 Mar, 8pm and 9.30pm, tickets on sale for Nev and Pedigree Chunks now

Bridget Christie: What Now?

Acute social and political humour from the award-winning feminist stand-up, who repeatedly pokes fun at her own righteous anger.

Brighton Dome

Fri 18 May

Phone for prices / 01273 709709

  • 19:30

Custom House Square, Belfast

Wed 9 May


  • 20:00

Derby Theatre

Tue 22 May

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01332 593939

Also at:

Larry Dean - Fandan

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.

The Stand, Glasgow

Sun 13 May

£10 / 0141 212 3389

Mae Martin: Dope

  • 4 stars

The star of the award-nominated Mae Martin's Guide to 21st Century Sexuality presents her latest show which looks at addictions, and the pursuits of short-term pleasure.

Soho Theatre, London W1D

Thu 12 Apr

£10–£20 / 020 7478 0100

  • 21:15

Fri 13 Apr

£10–£20 / 020 7478 0100

  • 21:15

Sat 14 Apr

£10–£20 / 020 7478 0100

  • 21:15

Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline

Mark Thomas and Palestinian performers in a show all about setting up a comedy club in a refugee camp.

The Dukes, Lancaster

Wed 28 Mar

£20 / 01524 598 500

  • 19:30

Gala, Durham

Sat 31 Mar

£18 (£15) / 03000 266600

  • 20:00

The Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Thu 5 Apr

£15–£20 / 01227 769075

  • 20:00

Also at:

Matt Winning: Filibuster

Avalon Promotions Ltd A show about climate change from comedian and environmental economist Matt Winning describing how global warming is destroying both the planet and his life. ‘Lightweight stuff’ (Guardian). Matt gives a presentation on how a world which is sick of experts may not be about much longer. For fans of…

Tommy Tiernan: Under the Influence

  • 4 stars

Frank and fiery stand-up from the edgy Irish comic.

Fin Taylor: Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey

Taylor mounts a full-on attack on the present-day Left and its moral high ground.

Mat Ewins Presents Adventureman 7: The Return of Adventureman

Multimedia mayhem with lots of audience interaction loosely hung on an Indiana Jones-style adventure plot, including spoofs of video games and films.

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