Glasgow & West Scotland

Line-up announced for 2013 Glasgow Comedy Festival

Jimmy Carr
Image caption Jimmy Carr is one of the headline acts at this year's festival

Jimmy Carr, Harry Hill, Al Murray and Paul Merton are among the big name performers confirmed for this year's Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

The event, now in its 11th year, will see 411 shows performed at 46 venues around the city from 14 to 31 March.

Dorothy Paul, Jerry Sadowitz, Fred MacAulay and Des Clarke are among the top Scottish comedians taking part.

Almost 105,000 tickets are going on sale for gigs at venues as diverse as the Kings Theatre and a tattoo parlour.

Tommy Sheppard, director of organiser the Scottish Comedy Agency, said the festival was "fast becoming a major event for the whole of the UK".

Low prices

"This year a large scale campaign takes place to raise awareness of the festival in London and other areas, and Glasgow is set to welcome visitors in search of a laugh from all over the world," he said.

"We have also gone out of our way in these bleak economic times to keep prices down and ensure people can get a belly full of laughs without breaking the bank."

Other top performers making appearances at this year's festival include Andy Parsons, Sean Lock, Tom Stade, and Marcus Brigstocke.

The Kings Theatre will host a comedy gala for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

Some unusual events will see Billy Kirkwood perform in a city tattoo parlour, late night comedy at St Enoch subway station and Julia Sutherland take her routine to Ibrox Library.

The Good Spirits Company will also host a charity whisky tasting, taking in 100 different whiskies in 24 hours.

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said the comedy festival had grown "from humble beginnings to become one of the most anticipated events on the city's cultural calendar".

"Year-on-year it has attracted increasing numbers of visitors and has brought some of the greatest comedy performers in the world to our city," he said.

"Not only does this generate significant benefits for Glasgow's economy, it also demonstrates the city's ability to successfully host major international events.

"This year's festival boasts another stellar line-up from home and abroad, which will reinforce its reputation on the global comedy circuit."

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