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Glasgow comedy festival launched

The line-up for Glasgow Comedy Festival – which boasts that it’s the biggest comedy festival in Europe – has been unveiled.

Headlining the festival will be American comedy queen Joan Rivers, playing the King's Theatre on March 12.

The event, sponsored by Magners cider, boasts 288 shows in 40 venues from March 8 and 24.

Most of the big UK tours will be passing through the city over the three weeks, meaning gigs from Paul Merton, Jimmy Carr, Sean Hughes, Russell Brand and Alan Carr.

And from the other end of the comedy spectrum, Cannon and Ball will be appearing at the Kings Theatre on March 14.

Organiser Tommy Sheppard said: 'The festival has now grown to become a key event in Glasgow's cultural calendar and is fast on its way to becoming a local institution. Any comedian worth their salt is keen to get into the programme.'

Others taking part include Rich Hall, Frankie Boyle, Ardal O'Hanlon and Andrew Maxwell, who will be fronting his late-night Fullmooners show.

Launching the programme, Radio Scotland’s Stuart Cosgrove said: 'The Glasgow comedy festival is making its mark on a very competitive comedy festival circuit.'

The full programme will be distributed in tomorrow’s Scotland on Sunday or is available online here.

Published: 20 Jan 2007

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