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Comedy festival line-up unveiled
French and Saunders
French and Saunders are among a host of stars who will perform
French and Saunders, Jimmy Carr and Tommy Sheridan are among performers at this year's Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Comedians from around the world will perform at the annual event, which has been extended by an extra day.

Now in its sixth year, the celebration of top comedy will feature 350 shows across 40 Glasgow venues.

Dame Edna Everage had been due to perform but had to postpone the show until next year due to illness.

Rich Hall, Jerry Sadowitz, Dara O Briain and Omid Dijalili are among the performers.

This city has been home to greats like Billy Connolly and we are renowned the world over for our humour
Tommy Sheppard
Scottish Comedy Agency

Politician Tommy Sheridan, Des McLean and Friends will put on a show called Stand 'n' Tan at the Tron Theatre.

Linda Allan, festival co-ordinator, said: "The festival has trebled in size in the last six years.

"The increase in the size of the programme and its quality is testament to the success of the festival and it is sure to attract people from all over Scotland and beyond."

The programme was unveiled by Scots funny woman Karen Dunbar.

She said: "I don't think we should set up this idea of competition with the Edinburgh festival and the Glasgow comedy festival as it's all happening in Scotland."

The Magners International Comedy Festival began in 2003 with about 120 shows in 12 venues.

This year's 18-day event runs from 6 March to 23 March and has 99,000 tickets.

Tommy Sheppard, director of the Scottish Comedy Agency, said: "I think it's only fitting that Glasgow should be home to the best comedy festival in the world as this city has been home to greats like Billy Connolly and we are renowned the world over for our humour."

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