Eleven venues in Falkirk, Bo’ness, Denny, Stenhousemuir and Grangemouth, 22 events, 2000 tickets, thousands of jokes – Funny in Falkirk begins tonight. See the full line-up here.
It’s the sixth year of the comedy festival that has tickled audiences with a range of funnymen and women from household stars to local and rising talent, which also provides a much-needed boost to the local economy.
The award-winning Bruce Fummey, a former physics teacher at Larbert High, kicks things off tonight (Thursday) in Behind The Wall with his A History of Scotland show at 8pm.
Magic will be provided by Victorian duo Morgan & West the Time Travelling Magicians at Falkirk Stadium tomorrow followed by a host of talent playing gigs in 11 venues in Falkirk, Denny, Bo’ness, Stenhousemuir and Grangemouth until October 25.
Town centre management group Falkirk Delivers say the festival has been well promoted and has helped enhance the district’s reputation as an area of interest.
Assistant manager Sarah McKenzie said: “Falkirk Delivers and our partners are delighted to be bringing Funny in Falkirk back to the Falkirk area again this year. The festival was commissioned for another year after a glowing and positive response was received.
“Our comedy festival has now become part of the Falkirk scene, and I’m sure that this year’s fantastic programme will be another resounding success. Our aims are to reach a wider audience by promoting the festival throughout central Scotland and to attract visitors to the area who will buy tickets for shows and spend money on goods and services thereby stimulating the local economy.
“Funny in Falkirk has helped put Falkirk on the map and enhance its reputation as a place to live and visit. We welcome all who visits us during the festival.”
FUNNY IN FALKIRK LINE-UP
The full line-up is – OCTOBER 15: Bruce Fummey, Behind The Wall (BTW), 8pm, tickets £10, £8 concession.
OCTOBER 16: Alan Bisset, BTW, 7pm, £10/£8; Doug Segal, BTW, 8.15pm, £10/£8; Morgan & West, Falkirk Stadium, 8pm, £10/£8; Corbie Comedy – Bruce Devlin, Ashley Storrie, Ray Bradshaw, Davey Connor, Corbie Inn, Bo’ness, 8.30pm, £9/£7.
OCTOBER 17: The Big Fat £50 Comedy Quiz, Orchard Hotel, Falkirk, free entry; A Show of Vice and Liars, Falkirk Stadium, 7pm, £9/£7; Gary Little, BTW, 8.30pm, £10/£8; Tony Law, Dobbie Hall, Stenhousemuir, 8pm, £12/£10.
OCTOBER 18: Tom Stade, Falkirk Town Hall, 8pm, £15; Janey Godley, BTW, 8pm, £10/£8; Davey Connor, Sportsters Bar, 8pm, £9/£7.
OCTOBER 22: Ardal O’Hanlon, Falkirk Town Hall, 8pm, £15; Marcel Lucont’s Cabaret Fantastique, BTW, 8pm, £10/£8.
OCTOBER 23: Michelle McManus, Grangemouth Town Hall, 7.30pm, £12/£10; Susie McCabe, BTW, 8pm, £10/£8; Corbie Comedy – Elaine Malcolmson, Marc Jennings, Chris Conroy, Scott Agnew, 8.30pm, £9/£7.
OCTOBER 24: Phil Kay, BTW, 8pm, £10/£8; Best of Scottish Comedy – Bruce Devlin, John Gavin, Jamie Dalgleish, Steven Dick, The Songbird, Denny, 8.30pm, £8/£6; Colin Cloud, Falkirk Stadium, 8pm, £10/£8.
OCTOBER 25: Hardeep Singh Kohli, BTW, 8pm, £10/£8; Ro Campbell, BTW, 8.30pm, £10/£8.