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Sheppard says the festival’s the “biggest event of its kind in Europe”, with a range of acts to suit all ages and tastes, from 75-year-old Dorothy Paul, who’s cracking up packed theatres, to more experimental shows, such as the late night comedy in the underground subway station at St Enoch. 

Double Bafta-winning comic Billy Kirkwood will this year perform his gags in a tattoo parlour, which I joke could have permanent ramifications. 

“Well, the guy doing that show in the tattoo parlour is threatening to get the Comedy Festival logo permanently tattooed on him,” Sheppard laughs.

Sheppard says there’s also a strong American showcase at this year’s fest, featuring Liza Treyger, Kyle Kinane and Dwayne Kennedy, backing up big-name headliners such as Jimmy Carr, Paul Merton, Sean Lock and Al Murray.

Judging by the hilarity on stage and off it tonight, the Glasgow Comedy Festival looks set to be one hell of an event, and what better way to get a glimpse into the city’s creative culture – and certainly its wicked sense of humour.


Eat, drink, sleep

For a mix of old-world charm and affordable decadence, head to Glasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant, The Sloan.Afternoon tea from £10.95.  

Open for breakfast, lunch and tea, trendy joint The Left Bank is your go-to place for hearty burgers, tapas-style dishes and breakfasts. Mains from £7.75. 

The Arches is one of the leading cultural venues in Europe, and hosts everything from Britain’s biggest club nights and bands to new theatre shows and art exhibitions. Pints from £3.50. 

Hip live music joint Nice N Sleazy offers a good range of beers and cheap spirits. It’s a haunt for well-known Glaswegian musos. Go there for some famous face spotting. Drinks from £2.  

McLay’s Guest House offers simple, cosy budget accommodation in the heart of the city. Single rooms from £21pn.  

For a treat, Blythswood Square Hotel is Glasgow’s ultimate five-star luxury spa hotel. Rooms start at £120pn.  


Getting there

Fly from London Gatwick to Glasgow from £59 return with easyJet.  

The 2013 Glasgow Comedy Festival runs March 14-31  

The Stand hosts events seven nights a week  


Photos: Alan Robertson (See Glasgow); Getty; TNT


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