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In 2019, we’re heading to our first ever Glasgow International Comedy Festival, and we’re not doing anything by halves: taking over a whole venue for a packed weekend of shows. We’ve got some of our favourite shows from 2018, including performances from Sindhu Vee, Emma Sidi, Olga Koch, and Lola & Jo, plus previews of new shows from the likes of Desiree Burch, Max & Ivan, Tom Parry, Lolly Adefope, and Colin Hoult. Plus, a late night comedy lock-in from Birthday Girls and a very special Late Night Cheese & Sex Party with Anna Mann. Come join us for one, two, or seventeen shows:
Friday 22nd March
Egg: Richard Pictures
Anna and Emily are two off-white women ready to ask all the big questions - like… What is Richard Pictures? And which one of us do you like best?
As seen on BBC & Channel 4. Heard on BBC Radio 4, BBC Asian Network and their own BBC Radio 1 Podcast.
“An absolute blast… Perfect” ★★★★ Fest
“Superior fare… Flashes of Victoria Wood & Julie Walters” ★★★★ List
Tom Parry: THE PWR OF LOVE (WIP)
The Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee is back with a brand new hour celebrating life, love and losing your tie. Join the largest (girth, height) third of sketch legends Pappys as he sweats, shouts and tells you why he bloody loves a wedding. There will be stuff, there will be nonsense, there might even be karaoke.
“This is a show that believes in the soul nourishing quality of silliness” ★★★★ The Guardian
Tom Neenan: It’s Always Infinity
Tom's girlfriend has vanished… So he has done what any right-minded man (and “theatre-maker”) would do, and turned his search for her into an "important" piece of “art”. Come “witness” it. (Nobody went missing in the creation of this show).
"Clever, elegantly constructed… builds to a twist that you really won’t see coming" ★★★★ Telegraph
Birthday Girls Late Night Comedy Party
Ever wanted a lock-in with the cream of the UK's comedy circuit in a cool bar late at night at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival? Hell yeah!
Well your dreams have just come true. Join critically acclaimed sketch group and shit-hot party legends Birthday Girls as they host a chaotic evening of comedy guests, drinking and kissing.
“This is joy” ★★★★★ Skinny
Saturday 23rd March
Huge Davies: Edinburgh Preview
Fresh from his appearance on 'Comedy Central at the Comedy Store', Huge Davies is preparing for his first hour.
Combining his dark humour, surreal material and one-of-a-kind customised keyboard, Huge has quickly risen to become one the most exciting and unique new acts in the UK.
Lolly Adefope: Lolly 3 (WIP)
The hotly anticipated new show from the multi-award-winning character comedian. As seen on TASKMASTER (Dave), DAMNED (Channel 4), SHRILL (Hulu), MIRACLE WORKERS (TBS), QI (BBC), and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT.
THE OBSERVER Rising Star 2017.
“I never wanted this show to end” ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks
Helen Bauer: Edinburgh Preview
Ultimate Babe and hotly-tipped stand up comedian Helen Bauer presents a work in progress show of her new thoughts, feelings and emotions on pretty much everything, then has alcohol thrown on it.
As heard and seen on BBC Radio 4, BBC3 and Comedy Central UK. Leicester Mercury New Comedian of The Year and BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2018.
Max & Ivan Work It Out
Edinburgh Comedy Award Winners and all-round nice lads Max & Ivan bring their brand-new work in progress show to Glasgow! Expect high-octane comedy and low-fi projection.
'Astonishing: fast-paced and unflaggingly funny' ★★★★★ Times
‘Truly outstanding individual performances’ ★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
Olga Koch: Fight
In 2014, Olga Koch’s father got stopped by authorities on the Russian border, which resulted in the most surreal year of her family’s life. In her debut show, the Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee 2018 will try to dissect this real-life spy drama with nothing but a projector and a ‘unique voiced surely destined for stardom’ (British Comedy Guide). As heard on The Now Show and seen on BBC3.
"A very confident debut... an assured and endearing hour of stand up storytelling" ★★★★ Telegraph
Desiree Burch: WIP
The breakout star of Netflix's 'Flinch' and BBC's The Mash Report and Live At The Apollo brings a new hour of authentic and acerbic comedy. As seen on Have I Got News For You, Qi, Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy and 8 Out of 10 Cats.
Desiree Burch is a comedian, writer, solo performer, actor and NY-to-London transplant.
‘The funniest comedian I have ever seen. She left me breathless with laughter’ ★★★★★ Scotsgay
Anna Mann’s Late Night Cheese & Sex Party
Join Anna Mann (actress, singer, welder – got to have a backup) & guests as she hosts one of her famous wild nights of cheese, sex, and late night comedy. The make-up’s on, the brie’s been ordered, and Anna’s had 17 coffees to keep her awake until midnight.
Colin Hoult’s ‘hugely enjoyable’ (★★★★ Times) alter ego comes to Glasgow for the first time after a sell out Edinburgh Festival 2018.
Sunday 24th March
Colin Hoult as Anna Mann: WIP
Colin Hoult’s critically acclaimed alter-ego Anna Mann returns in the workings of a brand new show, joined by some brand new friends.
Top 10 Best Reviewed Edinburgh Shows 2016 & 2017.
‘Funnier than almost all other shows at this year’s Fringe.’ ★★★★ Telegraph
‘Hugely enjoyable’ ★★★★ Times
Ben Pope: WIP
Ben Pope is a ‘classy, stylish and accomplished’ (Chortle) stand-up comedian. But he’s also been a ghost-tour guide, a teacher, an actor. He’s worked in museums and cathedrals, toyshops and bakeries.
His new job is to tell you jokes about all these things, as he road-tests a new show about all the jobs he’s ever had: a work-in-progress about work. Time to clock in.
‘Undeniably funny and a clear crowd favourite’ ★★★★ EdFestMag
Lola & Jo: Focus Groupies
Character comedians Lola and Jo are pretty certain they have a revolutionary show on their hands.
To double check, they’ve wisely employed Leslie and Jackie from almost award-winning market research company Focus On (runner-up, Keep Talking Award 1997), to gather feedback on their potentially groundbreaking show.
Laughter for research purposes only; NO refreshments, travel reimbursements or life-affirming insights.
‘Bloody Brilliant’ ★★★★ Chortle
Jack Barry: Tango
In the last year, acclaimed stand-up Jack Barry has been appointed by his parents as their couples therapist. To save the marriage, he's been reading up on sex, love and relationships, but is definitely still not an expert.
★★★★★ EdFestMag ★★★★ Sunday Times ★★★★ List ★★★★ ShortCom
As seen/heard on The Russell Howard Hour, BBC Radio 4, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITV2.
Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace
Critically acclaimed character comedian and star of BBC3’s BAFTA nominated Pls Like Emma Sidi brings her third hour of comedy gymnastics to Glasgow.
An original and hilarious show of graceful heroes who are having a bit of a tough time. Includes Dancing.
“Brutally funny & brilliantly bonkers... I don’t think I’ve ever seen a performer work so hard over one hour” ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby
Sindhu Vee: Sandhog
Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2018, Sindhu Vee brings her critically acclaimed and Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show Sandhog to Glasgow.
Loving your children, spouse and ageing parents (in that order, please don’t tell my mother) is very hard work, very intense and a lot of the time it sucks. But who wants to live without love?
Highly anticipated debut from the host of BBCR4’s Comedy of the Week podcast. As seen on QI (BBC2), Have I Got News for You (BBC1) and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled (Dave,) and heard on the Guilty Feminist podcast.