5 April 2024

Glasgow International Comedy Festival celebrates record-breaking year

The curtain has come down on the record-breaking 21st edition of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival (GICF).

Over 560 shows took place across the city, the highest number in the festival's history.

GICF issued over 50,000 tickets to comedy fans in more than 50 venues across the city.

This year's festival featured an extensive line-up of homegrown and international talent. The programme had a range of events, including traditional stand-up, kids shows, live podcasts, musical performances, drag, clowning and more.

The closing weekend's Comedy Gala at the King's Theatre ended in Susie McCabe winning the 2024 Sir Billy Connolly Spirit of Glasgow Award.

Festival Director Krista MacDonald, Elaine C. Smith, and 2023 winner Janey Godley presented the award. Susie accepted the accolade following a personalised video message from Sir Billy Connolly.

Glasgow Life Chair, Bailie Annette Christie, said: "Glasgow International Comedy Festival is one of the city's most renowned and most popular cultural events, and this year's 21st edition has been a real triumph. The success of the biggest-ever festival in the history of the event is testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of the GICF team.

"GICF24 has, I have no doubt, boosted the festival's international billing on the worldwide comedy stage, and further enhanced the city's reputation as a superb destination for first-class entertainment and show-stopping events."

Next year's festival will take place from 12 to 30 March 2025. Visit www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com for more details.