RETURNING for its 16 year from March 8 to 25, the Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival (GICF) revealed its full programme during the week.

With more than 100,000 tickets on sale to more than 500 shows, the 18-day festival includes performances from big names on the UK circuit such as Richard Herring, Alexei Sayle and Jonathan Pie; international comics Mae Martin, Rose Matafeo, Craig Campbell, Katherine Ryan and John Robertson, and many of the best comedians to have come from Scotland in recent years such as Limmy, Janey Godley, Richard Gadd, Larry Dean, Mark Nelson and Susie McCabe.

In 2018, eight new venues have been added to the festival including the Tramway, Glasgow School of Art Student’s Association and the Glasgow Science Centre.

As well as the traditional stand-up shows, there will be an exhibition featuring artwork produced by comedians, theatre shows including Alan Bissett performing his award-winning Moira shows in a double bill for the first time, a Comedy Crawl of comics in different bars and a Round The Clock Comedy Roadshow which takes place over 12 hours with a different performance each hour.

As part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, GICF will also stage a series of workshops for budding comedians aged 16 to 26.

Entries are now open on the website.