Glasgow Comedy Festival

Review: Glasgow International Comedy Festival Round-Up: Micky Bartlett, Gareth Waugh, Jay Lafferty

The opening night of the Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival made a splash last Thursday with big gigs from Katherine Ryan and Love Island’s Iain Stirling. By the time I made it to the city on the Saturday it made splash in another way. I don’t know what the festival did to upset the gods but the rain was coming down in biblical proportions. On the plus side this might have helped to shift some extra tickets. What better way to shelter than at a comedy gig?

Review: Glasgow Comedy Festival Burns Night Gala, Leicester Square Theatre

For strictly one night only the Whyte and Mackay Glasgow Comedy Festival came to London. Appropriately on Burns night. There was no haggis, but the audience did get a distinctive taste of what is in store for them if they head up to Scotland in March.

Live Review: Iain Stirling, The Stand, Glasgow Comedy Festival

Somehow I’ve managed to miss Iain Stirling’s TV career. That might be because his main appearances have been on ITV2’s Love Island (not as a contestant, doing voiceover) and on children’s TV. I don’t really fit into the demographic for either of these shows. But Stirling is clearly an accomplished stand-up too, as his current show, Onwards, underlines. 

Live Review: Stuart Goldsmith, The Stand, Glasgow Comedy Festival

Marketing teams take note. It was interesting to discover how Stuart Goldsmith sold most tickets for his show at the Glasgow Comedy Festival. Not through PR. Not through advertising. Through his podcast. A mention of his excellent Comedian's Comedian interview series (200 guests and counting) got hands shooting up into the air as if he was giving away free shortbread.  

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