GLASGOW’S newest comedy club opens tomorrow in the City Centre.

The venue, Glee, which will serve food and drink, alongside live comedy and music, opens with a stellar line-up or Sean Lock, Jay Lafferty, Geoff Norcott, and Garry Little.

Ahead of the launch, the Evening Times got to see finishing touches to the venue and chatted to Glee founder Mark Tughan.

Mark said: “This has been in the pipeline for about two years - I’ve been tracking this place for a long time.

“I’ve always wanted to do it in Glasgow. The city is massive, it loves going out, has a huge thriving city centre, the most thriving arts and culture scenes of anywhere we operate in. Glasgow just blows me away.”

However, last year disaster struck as the work had to be delayed, casting doubt on the venue’s future.

“We initially made plans to open this place in October” says Mark.

“But there was a big leak. One of the venues in the same complex through their own building works moved a few pipes around and caused flooding. It took out the lift, without which we couldn’t function as a venue.

“And the flood wasn’t exactly water, it was a bit worse than water.”

The venue also has a comedy history of its own. One of the murals, alongside other famous comedians next to their jokes about Glasgow, is one of Bob Hope who played the old venue many years ago.

At that gig he made the joke which is now painted on the Glee Club wall: “Playing to a Glasgow audience is like entertaining the troops. During battle.”

The mural was painted by Michael Scott, an artist living in Glasgow, and also features Billy Connolly, Frankie Boyle and Kevin Bridges.

“It’s not a complete transformation, this place used to be a comedy club” says Mark.

It was well-built and designed but sadly was been mothballed for 10 years.”

But now the venue boasts a new bar, stage, lighting and decor which will open to the public tomorrow.

There were also questions over the future of the entire Glee chain as Mark took on the might of Murdoch and 20th Century Fox.

“I was engaged in legal action against 20th Century Fox over the name of my business” says Mark.

“I sued Murdoch over the ‘Glee’ TV show - that’s my trademark.

“I opened two clubs around the time that transferred to Sky and it really started to affect business - especially in the new clubs.

“After several stints in the high court court of of appeals and then it was sorted. It should have taken about a year - it took six years.”