Preview – the Glasgow Comedy Festival

Stuart Humphries gives GUM readers his top 5 Must See Shows of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Everyone likes to get treated on their birthdays, and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival is no different. Between the 15th March – 1st April, GCIF turns ten and we are getting spoilt rotten. This year is set to be bigger than ever, and with over 330 comedians coming to town, just picking a show seems like a daunting task. To make things a little easier I give you my 5 must see shows of the GICF: 

1. Simon Munnery: Hats off to the 101ers & Other Material

The Stand, 20th March

Alternative comedy at its finest, Munnery returns to Glasgow with a show which he describes as “an extravagant mess of foaming bubble hats, superlative jokes, bad guitar riffs, delightful monologues, hand-made engineering feats and an overly ambitious one-man punk musical about the R101 airship of the 1930s.”

2. Late Night Gimp Fight

The Tron Theatre, 30th/31st March

The Gimps bring their own brand of sketch comedy to the Tron Theatre after a successful Edinburgh Fringe. With the artistic director of the Soho Theatre directing this show, it promises to deliver the most flamboyant and creative knob-gags anyone will ever see.

3. Mark Nelson: Live and Unleashed

Oran Mor, 30th March

A complete sell-out in the last few CGIFs, this festival favorite is back after swiftly becoming a regular on the U.K circuit. Support Scottish comedy and go see Mark Nelson.

4. Tony Law: Go Mr. Tony, Go!

The Stand, 28th March

Nominated for ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ in the 2012 Chortle Awards and winner of the 2011 Amused Moose Laughter Award, Tony Law is a very funny man and a must see of the GICF.

5. Doug Stanhope

The Kings Theatre, 30th March.

Doug Stanhope returns to Glasgow after storming the Comedy Festival last year. Seen recently on Charlie Brooker’s Screewipe, this no-holds-barred comic is definitely no stranger to controversy. Those easily offended may want to stay away!

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