Since it was launched in 2010, Funny in Falkirk has gone from strength to strength and is now an established part of the Scottish performing arts calendar.
It gives residents across the district the chance to see some of the biggest talents in the business perform at venues in their home towns. Shows will take place in Falkirk, Grangemouth, Larbert, Denny and Bo’ness - and there’s more on offer than stand-up. There’s also special kids performances and film screenings.
This year’s festival line-up has been hailed as the best yet and contains a mixture of established comedians and up-and-coming talent.
We’ve carried out exclusive interviews with some of the performers heading to Falkirk.
And, for the first time, we’re also asking you to get involved by tweeting us your own Funny in Falkirk review - and what your favourite joke of the night was - by using the hashtag #FiFfest or #FiF2013.
Organised by the Scottish Comedy Agency in association with Falkirk Council and Falkirk Delivers, the festival is about much more than just gigs and laughter. The event provides a real boost to the local economy and helps boost the district’s reputation as a tourist destination.
Alastair Mitchell, Falkirk Delivers manager, said: ”What a wonderful line-up we have for this year’s Funny in Falkirk. I’m sure it will encourage people from around Scotland to visit the district.”
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.”