The last laughs

Doug Stanhope
Doug Stanhope

THE sound of laughter may have been echoing across Glasgow for the past few weeks, but come Sunday we’ll all be grumbling about the weather again.

Yes, the annual Glasgow Comedy Festival comes to a close this weekend – but not without a few big hitters to keep your funny bones satisfied until a grudging trip to Edinburgh in the summer.

Taking to the King’s Theatre stage tomorrow is the slightly controversial Doug Stanhope, offering up scathing opinions on politics, society and the world in general in a no-holds barred kind of way.

Be warned, he’s not for the faint hearted – but he has been hailed as one of the most important comedians working today, and has already built up a sizeable fan base over here, whether through infamous youtube clips or appearances on Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe.

Rivalling Stanhope at the SECC is Mock the Week host Dara O’Briain, appearing Friday and Saturday.

The thinking man’s comedian, Irishman Dara’s a regular on the panel show circuit and TV’s Comedy Roadshow, and the title of the show – Craic Dealer – perfectly captures his brand of observational humour.

If you’re on the market for a value for money ticket, then a last-chance visit to the Festival Club might be the best way to soak up the comedy atmosphere.

The Stand lays on five top acts each night until Saturday and, coupled with such an intimate venue, it’s a great way to catch big stars and emerging acts alike for a fraction of the cost.

Of course, no Live preview could skate by without mentioning a show entitled A Night in Aid of the Greater Shawlands Republic – the question is, where to start?

This Sunday night gig at The Bungo is a line up of laughs, music and tongue-in-cheek (we think) political activism, from 8pm on.

The Greater Shawlands Republic are –— as you might have guessed — campaigning for southside autonomy and a free and independent Shawlands.

Featuring comedians Bruce Morton and Andrew Learmonth, satirist Phil Differ and music from Tales of Jake, it’s a must for southsiders.

The good news is that those who live south of the Clyde can take advantage of a discount ticket at only £4.99. Westenders have been warned, however – you will be charged the full price of £5.

n For full listings and ticket info, visit www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com.