Source’s Picks for the Glasgow Comedy Festival

Absurdist Ben Target is visiting the Festival on 17 March

Fringe who? Forget Edinburgh, Glasgow has its own comedy festival and it looks like it’s going to be as riotous as ever. Glasgow International Comedy Festival is jam-packed with a mix of local and visiting comics. Expect stand up, sketch, comedy plays, and a lot of silly fun. We’ve picked out our highlights from the Festival.

13th March

Mae Martin: “Dope”

The Stand, 6.50pm

£13/11

For such an esteemed and well established stand-up, surprisingly, this is Mae Martin’s debut tour. If you’ve listened to her BBC Radio Four show, Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality, you’ll know what to expect from the Canadian: charming and witty storytelling from one of the brightest young comics around.

15th March

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: “Home Sweet Home”

The Stand, 7.30pm

£10/9

Glasgow boy Christopher Macarthur-Boyd is debuting his first hour long show. Expect storytelling that mixes the personal with the political as Christopher tells us about life living with his parents. Word around town is that the East Ender is on the way to becoming the next Kevin Bridges, so keep an eye out for this rising star.

16th March

Rachel Parris: “WIP”

Veneer Gallery, 9pm

£8

You’ve seen the viral videos of Rachel Parris roasting Piers Morgan and teaching us how not to sexually harass someone all over the internet. Now come see the Mash Reporter’s solo show full of songs, sketches, and stand-up. Rachel delivers cutting satire from her characteristic bright and cheerful persona.

16th and 17th March

Bridget Christie: “What Now?”

Citizens Theatre, 8pm

£18/16

Trump, Brexit, the continual threat of nuclear fallout – Bridget Christie is here to tackle it all. Thought-provoking yet out-right hilarious, Bridget handles politics and current affairs with ease.

17th March

Ben Target: “WIP”

Veneer Gallery, 9pm

£6

Expect surreal, physical comedy from the always original Ben Target. After developing a cult following from years at the Edinburgh Fringe, Ben’s breaking out into the mainstream as an award-winning absurdist.

24th March

Adele Cliff: “Sheep WIP”

Liberté, 7:15pm

£5/4

Desperate to fit in with friends, Adele Cliff’s new work in progress is about being a sheep and, well, literal sheep. An intelligent, self-deprecating, and witty one liner wonder, Adele’s new hour of stand-up looks bah-rilliant.

Annie McGrath: “Anniesland”

Veneer Gallery, 5pm

£6

Annie McGrath looks like butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, but her dry, dark, and dead-panned humour quickly does away with that image. Annie presents her latest show Anniesland (no relation to Glasgow’s) about millennial woes with perfectly cutting delivery.

25th March

Evelyn Mok: “WIP”

Veneer Gallery, 5pm

£6

The winner of Best Comedy Newcomer and with appearances on BBC3, Channel 4, and Comedy Central already under her belt, Evelyn Mok’s making a splash in comedy. Evelyn doesn’t pander to audience expectations as she weaves political topics with funny personal anecdotes with unapologetic honesty.

 The Glasgow International Comedy Festival runs from 8-25 March. Tickets for all shows can be bought online. Keep up to date with the Festival on Twitter.

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