CLYDEBANK comics will be joining Limmy and Elaine C Smith at this year’s Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

More than 500 shows are scheduled to take place from March 14 to March 31 at 56 venues across the city.

The organisers of the 18-day festival, now in its 17th year, have promised something to suit every taste and budget.

Al Murray, Jerry Sadowich, Russell Kane, Jasper Carrott, Julian Clary, Larry Dean, Reg D Hunter and Des Clarke are all set to perform.

The festival provides a platform for rising local stars this year including Stephen Buchanan and Marc Jennings.

Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award, Stephen Buchanan’s ‘Sheltered (WIP)’ show in Yesbar is already sold out.

A second show in Blackfriars Basement has been added on March 24 due to ‘phenomenal demand’.

Marc Jennings will be performing his ‘Getting Going’ show at The Stand Comedy Club on Wednesday, March 27.

Councillor David McDonald, chairman of Glasgow Life said: “Comedy isn’t just an entertainment for Glaswegians, it is part of our lives and the culture of the city itself. You can always trust Glasgow’s ability to find the funny side of life and enjoy a right good laugh.

“It’s no surprise then that the Glasgow International Comedy Festival is the largest dedicated comedy festival in Europe bringing visitors from across Scotland, the UK and the World to enjoy some brilliant comedy performances. Local talent appears alongside global stars throughout the festival.”

Sarah Watson, festival director added: “What a cracking year it is for comedy with the top household names rubbing shoulders with the best up and coming talent in a programme which spans everything from kids comedy shows to sketches, the best of character comedy and late night festival clubs.”

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