ONE of the UK’s most successful independent comedy clubs is set to open a 400-seat venue in Glasgow.

The Glee’s first Scottish venue is currently under renovation at a site on Renfrew Street in the City Centre.

Glee Club Glasgow will officially open with a special programme of live comedy performances on February 1 and 2, 2019.

Top Scottish comedians Jay Lafferty and Gary Little have already been confirmed as opening acts, alongside stand-up favourite Geoff Norcott and “a very special guest” to be announced at a later date.

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Many of the biggest names in the comedy business first stepped up to the mic on Glee’s stages, and continue to support the club to this day - including Jimmy Carr, Kevin Bridges, Michael McIntyre, Lee Evans, Jack Dee, Jo Brand, Sarah Millican and Russell Howard.

With a standing capacity of 800, live music will also be part of the Glasgow Glee experience.

Bosses have told how the new venue will feature a beautifully-designed, purpose-built interior, theatre-style reserved seating with great views to the round Glee stage, plus “excellent lighting, acoustics and atmosphere.”

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The club will further host one of Glee’s trademark extra-long bars, designed to beat the queues.

The Glee founder, Mark Tughan, opened his first club in Birmingham in 1994. Glasgow will be Glee’s fifth venue, and Mark explained that Scotland was “an easy choice” for his next opening.

He said: “Scotland has given us some of the world’s funniest comedians over the years, as well as having some of the best comedy festivals and a great culture of coming together to enjoy live entertainment.

“As a lifelong fan of Scotland’s comedy scene, opening our first Scottish Glee Club is extremely exciting for me and the rest of the team.

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“Glasgow is such a vibrant, cultural city and there is a huge amount of fresh comedy talent coming through on the scene here, so the anticipation is really building as we countdown to opening in 2019.

“We will be bringing everything that works and is great about The Glee to our new Glasgow venue, with a distinctive Scottish slant – a brilliant comedy lineup every week, great food and drink, friendly staff, plush interiors and a few surprises along the way.

“It’s a whole night out sorted, and we can’t wait to welcome Scottish audiences and to introduce them to the Glee experience. Roll on 2019.”

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