Glasgow Comedy Festival 2022: The Highlights

Glasgow Comedy Festival rides again to deliver an excellent line-up of local laughs – here are some of our programme highlights

Preview by Polly Glynn | 07 Mar 2022
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Having initially been cancelled way back in October 2021, we’re very pleased to see the Glasgow International Comedy Festival back on its feet. A highlight of the year for many, the festival will jumpstart the work-in-progress season for comics, with many shows’ journeys culminating in the Fringe. 

As always, the Glasgow Stand have a super roster to shout about with a mix of tour shows and nascent hours. Nathan Caton (8 Mar, 8pm, £12) brings Let’s Talk about Vex to Glasgow, Amy Matthews builds up her second hour of stand-up (20 Mar, 8.30pm, £8), while Edinburgh-based clowns Soup Group create chaos with their family-friendly silliness (also 20 Mar, 3pm, £5).

Van Winkle - West End have captured the lion’s share of local, and often alternative, talent. Alongside CHUNKS of the Year(s) (19 Mar, 9pm, £5/PWYW), Jamie Macdonald (17/18 Mar, 7.45pm/9pm, £8), Chris Thorburn (19 Mar, 4pm, £5) and Ross Leslie (19 Mar, 7.45pm, £7.50) also appear in the cosy downstairs venue.

Elsewhere in the city, an addition to the GICF scene, Sloans, presents a handful of split bills from the cream of new(ish) acts on the London circuit. Catch Sophie Duker and Sara Barron (16 Mar, 7pm, £8) amongst others here. Head to The Old Hairdresser’s for this month’s ICYMI star David Callaghan (9 Mar, 8pm, £4), or stop off at the King’s Theatre to catch touring shows from big-hitters like Stewart Lee (14 & 15 Mar, 7.30pm, £SOLD OUT).   

Glasgow Comedy Festival runs throughout March at venues across the city; more shows added daily