2020 marks the 18th year of Glasgow International Comedy Festival, and we’re ready with the scoop! We’ve found some of the hidden gems in the line-up, for your pleasure. The festival sees comedy talent from all over the world take over the stage in Glasgow at various venues. One of the big ones coming to visit is Trevor Noah at the Hydro, but if you’re looking for something on a more intimate (and cheaper) scale, we’ve got the lowdown of the funniest events happening.

Classic Comedy Nights

Glasgow Comedy Festival opens up countless possibilities for whacky and eccentric spins on a classic comedy night. But sometimes it can be good to see some solid comedy without too many bells and whistles. Head over to Glasgow’s comedy staple, The Stand, for a best of their New Comedy Showcase “Red Raw” – a series of new comedy for just a fiver! Wanting some four-legged company with your comedy? Fret not, cause Drygate has got you covered with their Dog-Friendly Comedy Club (check out our guide to a dog-friendly Glasgow for more). Not only can you bring your dog, but the comedians have got theirs too!

Stand Up Comedian Performing at the Stand
Glasgow Comedy Club The Stand is easily recognisable by their famed backdrop

You’ve heard of immersive theatre…

Now say hello to immersive comedy. On the other end of the spectrum of the above, we have the events that are sure to be a night to remember! The Griffin returns with “Burst Out Laughing Escape Room”, where you for £7 can get locked into a room with strangers. If you’re one for audience participation, this is a sure winner! Feeling claustrophobic just by the thought? No worries, there’s something for the outdoorsy type too. Join Dow’s Bar on a subcrawl from City Centre to the West End – 4 stops, 4 comedians. 

Comedy for (mis)Education

Who said comedy can’t be intellectually stimulating? Join for example comedian siblings Katie and Sam at the Amsterdam for an evening guiding you through the history of Glasgow. Prefer more fiction to fact, but with the same air of learning? Why not join the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow for a unique tour. Fringe hit “Night at the Museum” returns to the Hunterian for a tour and show – factual accuracy varying.