For the latter half of March Glasgow turns into one big laughing city as the annual Glasgow Comedy Festival takes place. This year, from the 12th to the 18th, the 13th year of the festival takes place, and it's one the team at West Coast Tours are looking forward to!
The festival is the largest of its kind in Europe, with shows taking place in over 70 venues spread all over the city, giving thousands the chance to see world famous comedians and home grown talent, which is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
If you’re going to be in the city during the festival, you might enjoy our Glasgow City Sightseeing Tour. You might also be wondering which shows are on near some of the stops along the tour. With our hop-on and hop-off route, here are some of the best shows on offer during the festival.
Al Murray @ Kings Theatre
Just beside one of the stops on Sauciehall Street, the Kings Theatre is one of the most famous and beautiful buildings in the city. Sunday 22nd March sees Al Murray, the Pub Landlord, bring his booze infused one man show to the stage. He’s been going strong for 20 years now and he is still able to call out the craziness of modern life in the UK.
Dylan Moran @ Clyde Auditorium
Nestled in between the SECC and Hydro Arena down the River Clyde, the Clyde Auditorium might be a smaller building to its neighbouring arenas, but is known for its unique design and is commonly referred to as ‘The Armadillo’ among locals.
Irish stand-up Dylan Moran will be bringing a loose and educated sense of himself in this venue on Wednesday 18th March. His shows commonly get 4 and 5 star reviews from publications like The Scotsman, The Telegraph and The Times
Gilded Balloon @ Drygate
Just below the Necropolis at the Tennent’s Brewery, craft beer brewery Drygate runs their own monthly comedy night, with one every week during the festival. If you like very tasty beers and want to spend an evening in a uniquely modern and Glasgow-ish environment, we can’t recommend it enough. It’s also a good event if you want to see up and coming Scottish talent.
Rich Hall @ The Garage
For many Glaswegians, The Garage is a hallmark of a great night out. It’s famous for being the only club open 365 days a year in the city and is also a popular spot for alternative events. American comedian Rich Hall will be bringing his own Hoedown to the venue and we’re guessing it will be an event unlike every other at the festival.
Best of West @ West Brewery
This award winning restaurant / brewery is right beside the People’s Palace stop in Glasgow Green. It is noted for brewing traditional styled German beer with a “Glasgow heart”. The food is great and one of the most underrated stops on the bus route. We highly recommend going in the morning for fresh pretzels and coffee too. Throughout the festival they’ll be showcasing local comedians for just £10; a bargain if ever we seen one.
If you’re going to be in Glasgow during the Comedy Festival and want to see the sites the city has to offer (and trust us there are many), you can book tickets for our Glasgow Open Top Bus tour.
You can also find out more information about the Glasgow Comedy Festival from their official site.
( Main image by Tom Brogan, Flickr )