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Stars lined up to join comedy event

Dara O'Briain, Rory Bremner and Jenny Eclair are just some of the big names who will perform at this year's Glasgow International Comedy Festival, it was announced today.

The event, which returns for a 10th year in March, will see more than 330 shows take place at 40 venues around the city.

Greg McHugh (Gary: Tank Commander), from Edinburgh, and Glasgow-born comedian Frankie Boyle are to host a charity gala evening to raise funds for Palestine.

The festival's full line-up was unveiled today and also includes the likes of Sarah Millican and Janey Godley, as well as "rising stars" Daniel Sloss, Jon Richardson and Josh Widdicombe, who will take to the stage at The Stand Comedy Club.

The venue will also act as a platform for up-and-coming talent, who can participate in its Red Raw beginners' showcases.

Almost 100,000 tickets are available for events at the festival, which will run from March 15 to April 1 and is funded by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Event Scotland.

Tommy Sheppard, director of the Scottish Comedy Agency, the company behind the festival, said: "Each year the Glasgow International Comedy Festival becomes even more anticipated than the last. It is now a major date in the cultural calendar not just for Scotland, but throughout the UK.

"This year we'll celebrate 10 years of the festival, which is a fantastic achievement and shows what a perfect match Glasgow and comedy is.

""The calibre of comedians we have had grace the festival over the years has been tremendous and this year is no exception. We're very happy that we are still putting smiles on people's faces, especially in such tough economic conditions."

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