- ▼ February (7)
Monday, 28 February 2011
Stephen Callaghan Guest Blog
What does the Glasgow Comedy Festival mean to me? In a word – everything. This festival is stitched so tightly into my life that without it I’m sure I would fall apart like a pair of Primark leggings.
It was at the festival that I cemented my marriage to my long-suffering comedy husband Davey Connor, and we gave birth to our first child, The Stockholm Syndrome (Capitol, 10pm every Saturday night throughout the comedy festival - plug number 1). It was at the festival that I met the first boyfriend I ever wanted to introduce to my wonderful mother (Janet Callaghan, check her out, she’s awesome – plug number 2). And this year it will be the place that I perform my debut solo show (Stephen Callaghan’s Memory Box, Capitol, Sunday 3 April, 8pm – plug number 3).
But what’s in it for me? I hear you cry. Glasgow is a ridiculously understated, fantastic city. It tingles with a beautiful self-deprecating wit. It is cool, but doesn’t feel the need to rub your nose in it (not like flashy Edinburgh). At times it will show you its hard side, but that is for your own good, and it will always give you a wee cuddle after it. The people of Glasgow, performers, organisers and audiences, harbour a burning love for their city that oozes out of everything they do.
It’s this passion that makes the Glasgow Comedy Festival one of the best in the world. Step into any show (especially The Stockholm Syndrome or Stephen Callaghan’s Memory Box – quick replug) and you will find it incredibly difficult not to be swept up in the passion that us Glaswegians feel for the place we live.
If it’s your first time attending the festival then I’m incredibly jealous. You are about to fall in love in a way that you have not experienced since you were 14 and pissed off Diamond White, or your strong cider of choice. There is nothing you can do. Don’t try to fight it, you would only be doing yourself a disservice. My advice: book some tickets, sit back and prepare to laugh your sexual organs off.
Stephen will be performing his debut solo show Stephen Callaghan's Memory Box at Capitol on Sunday 3 April at 8pm. Click here for more show information.
You can also see him in The Stockholm Syndrome every Saturday during the festival at 10pm (19, 26 March and 2, 9 April). Click here for more show information.