City events size up the competition
A Scottish comedy festival has claimed Leicester's equivalent event is not the biggest in Europe – despite having fewer shows than its English competitor.
Organisers of the 11th Glasgow International Comedy Festival unveiled its 2013 programme last week, boasting 411 shows at 46 venues, claiming it "remains the biggest festival of its kind in Europe".
But Leicester's Dave's Comedy Festival, in its 20th year, will stage 109 more shows across the same amount of venues.
Geoff Rowe, founder of the festival said: "In terms of shows, we are the biggest, but even then it is not always size that matters, it is also quality and we are the longest-running comedy festival, because we were established in 1994.
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"Let's have both festivals go ahead then see who can claim to be the best."
Glasgow's claim prompted comedy website Chortle to draw up a "battle of the beasts" graphic comparison of the two festivals. The Scottish festival beats Leicester in the number of days it will span – 18 days, compared with Leicester's 17.
A spokesperson for the Glasgow festival did not respond to a request for a comment.