SCOTTISH COMEDY AGENCY ANNOUNCES IT WILL NO LONGER BE STAGING THE GICF
After eighteen years, hundreds of shows and countless laughs, the Scottish Comedy Agency is announcing that it does not plan to organise any future editions of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.
The COVID-19 pandemic led to the vast majority of shows in GICF 2020 being cancelled or rescheduled, and the festival was not able to go ahead in 2021. The final rescheduled shows from 2020 are now due to take place in March 2022.
After careful consideration, and in light of the fact that the festival has been effectively paused for two years, the SCA has decided to concentrate on other opportunities, including live tours, rather than reviving GICF in the future.
Sarah Watson, Director said "I know that lots of people will be disappointed to hear this news, it's not a decision we've taken lightly. Live comedy is facing serious challenges and we need to explore fresh ideas and new ways of working. We're so proud of everything we've achieved with GICF and believe that this refocus of our energy and resources will allow us to find new ways to do the things that made the festival valuable in the first place - developing and promoting Scottish talent, bringing comedy to different communities and locations, and showcasing some of the best performers working today."