Com­edy fes­ti­val raises a glass to new spon­sor

Evening Times - - NEWS - By STACEY MULLEN

GLAS­GOW’S In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val is to re­turn next year with some of the big­gest names head­lin­ing shows – and a new spon­sor.

Whyte & Mackay Blended Whisky will head­line spon­sor­ship of the 2018 event. The long-run­ning fes­ti­val is the flag­ship event of the Glas­gow com­edy cal­en­dar and from next year will be known as the Whyte & Mackay Glas­gow In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

It fea­tures some of com­edy’s big­gest names in­clud­ing David Bad­diel, Brid­get Christie, Des Clarke, Tommy Tier­nan, Kather­ine Ryan and Rob De­laney, who are al­ready lined up for 2018. The full pro­gramme will be re­vealed in Jan­uary but com­edy favourite Limmy has also an­nounced a show.

The comic, whose real name is Brian Li­mond, will take his show Limmy’s Vines to the Tramway on Mon­day, March 19 at 8pm.

Whyte & Mackay CEO Bryan Don­aghey said: “We are thrilled to be in­volved with such an iconic event and look for­ward to help­ing make the 2018 Whyte & Mackay Glas­gow In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val a huge suc­cess.

“As a brand with hu­mour and Glaswe­gian her­itage at our core, we feel the part­ner­ship is an ideal stage to share our sur­pris­ingly smooth blend with a new au­di­ence.”

Sarah Wat­son, di­rec­tor of the Glas­gow In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val, said “We are hugely ex­cited to an­nounce this part­ner­ship which will al­low us to cre­ate an even bet­ter fes­ti­val and bring more laughs to Glas­gow next March. Whyte & Mackay have some great things planned and we’re look­ing for­ward to re­veal­ing more in the com­ing months.”

Sarah Wat­son, di­rec­tor of Glas­gow In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val, with Ruairi Perry, head of Blended Whisky Brands at Whyte & Mackay, as they un­veiled the new fes­ti­val part­ner­ship

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