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Northern Ireland comedians Neil Dougan and Martin Mor to perform at Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Comedy fans from Northern Ireland are set to be impressed by Glasgow International Comedy Festival’s line-up this month, with our very own Neil Dougan and Martin Mor hoping their jokes will ‘stand-up’ to international scrutiny.

The local comedians are participating as part of a packed programme for the hugely popular event in the comedy calendar which is gearing up to return for its 14th year, from Thursday 10 to Sunday 27 March.

Neil Dougan said: “I’m delighted to be appearing at Europe's biggest comedy festival in Glasgow. Scotland has a very rich comedy heritage and combined with our shared sense of humour, I’d say it’s never been a better time to visit the festival. Many of the comedy greats hail from Scotland and I’m looking forward to performing alongside them.”

The bumper line-up for the 18-day festival also includes critically-acclaimed stand up from Frankie Boyle who has recently added a third night to his run at the Clyde Auditorium; Greg Proops recording his The Smartest Man In The World podcast; 2 nights with the QI Elves; and Bob Slayer’s award-winning double decker Blundabus pulling up for a residency at Candleriggs, where a ticket to ride might get you comedians playing Hungry Hippos, storytelling and gossip, or the genius of Phil Kay.

Headline acts and household names set to perform include Reginald D Hunter, Bridget Christie, Adam Hills, Paul Merton, Ardal O'Hanlon, Julian Clary, Rob Delaney, Jenny Eclair, Jerry Sadowitz, Russell Kane, Mark Watson, Dylan Moran and Richard Herring.

Stars including Des Clarke, Daniel Sloss, Craig Hill, Mark Nelson, Gary Little, and Janey Godley are lined up alongside rising talents from Scotland’s creative comedy scene - with collective Chunks taking over The Griffin, plus shows from Fern Brady, Ashley Storrie, Darren Connell, Chris Forbes and Jamie Dalgleish.

Appearances from acclaimed performers from across the UK include Shappi Khorsandi, Paul Sinha, Mark Steel, Paul Foot, Rob Beckett, and Chris Ramsey.

The Festival has earned a reputation for its strong selection of international acts, this year bringing Will Franken, Scott Capurro, John Hastings and Jena Friedman to the city, while American Stands Up! introduces some of the most exciting comedians working in the States right now in what is always a sell-out showcase.

As well as large scale stand up and intimate gigs in pubs, GICF presents film screenings at the Govanhill Baths and the Grosvenor Café; solo shows from Scott Gibson, Doug Segal, Sean Hughes and Alan Bissett at the Tron; comedy for kids at The Stand Comedy Club and the Citizens Theatre; and discussions on comedy, women, feminism and more with Standard Issue, and the role of satire with the Sunday Herald.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now, with some performers, including Grado, Adam Hills and Russell Kane already adding extra nights due to popular demand.

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