Falkirk comedy line-up proves big draw

Des Clarke with Alastair Mitchell, Keir Mcallister, and Gemma Maramis.
Des Clarke with Alastair Mitchell, Keir Mcallister, and Gemma Maramis.
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Comedy fans have voted with their feet when it comes to giving the seal of approval to the line-up for the 2013 Funny in Falkirk festival.

‘Early bird’ discount tickets for Dylan Moran’s headlining show at Falkirk Town Hall on Tuesday, July 30, sold out within two days, proving that the creator of TV’s ‘Black Books’ is still a considerable draw.

Full-price tickets for the show are still available, but are predicted to sell out fast.

The Falkirk Herald revealed last week that Moran was one of a number of big names from the world of stand-up booked to play at central Scotland’s annual festival of comedy, which takes place from July 19-30 across venues in Falkirk, Larbert, Grangemouth, Denny and Bo’ness.

Also on the bill is David Baddiel, who will perform his first solo stand-up show in 15 years at Falkirk Town Hall on July 29.

Other familiar faces appearing include Omid Djalili, Fred MacAulay, Dave Spikey and Des Clarke.

Up-and-coming comics will also have their chance to shine. Felicity Ward, Keir McAllister and Will Franken are among the names to watch out for.

Theatre will also play a part in the festival, with a production of Des Dillon’s critically-acclaimed play ‘Singin’ I’m no Billy, He’s a Tim’ being staged at Grangemouth Town Hall on July 25.

Funny in Falkirk is organised by the Scottish Comedy Agency, which runs The Stand comedy clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and is supported by Falkirk Council and Falkirk Delivers.

As well as offering people from across the district chance to enjoy some top quality live entertainment in their home towns, the festival also provides a welcome boost to local businesses.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism,said: “There are some great names coming to Funny in Falkirk this year and it looks like being another successful festival.

“Falkirk Council is delighted to support this annual event, working closely with Falkirk Delivers, our town centre management team, and the Scottish Comedy Agency – as well our friends in Falkirk Community Trust and independent venues.

“The festival brings great entertainment to the area –and brightens up those long summer nights.

“I hope everyone has a great time.”