It’s Scotland’s biggest comedy festival outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow and it all gets under way for a fifth time tomorrow.
Funny in Falkirk 2014 will see more than 30 performers take to the stage at venues in Falkirk, Grangemouth, Larbert, Dunipace and Bo’ness from July 18-29.
With established stand-up greats like Jason Byrne and Phill Jupitus, festival favourites such as Fred MacAulay and Des Clarke, as well as a whole host of rising stars including Susie McCabe, Eleanor Morton and The Thinking Drinkers, there really is a show to suit all tastes.
Tickets for the event, which was first staged in 2010, are reported to be selling well and venues and businesses are looking forward to a boost as comedy fans from across the central belt head to the district for the chance to see several new shows ahead of next month’s Edinburgh Fringe festival.
The Falkirk Herald, official media partner of the event, is looking for readers to play their part by tweeting their reviews of Funny in Falkirk shows using the @falkirk_herald handle and using the hashtag #FiF2014 or #FiFfest.
A free 12-page, pull-out is also included in this week’s paper with exclusive interviews with some of the big names performing, as well as a comprehensive guide to all of the shows taking place over the next two weeks.
The festival is not just for adults, however. ‘Howie’s Kids Club’ takes place at the Howgate shopping centre in Falkirk High Street tomorrow from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The free event, which requires no prior booking, will star well-known entertainer Uncle Billy and features a day of non-stop activities. There will be ventriloquism with Krafty Kat and Junior, circus workshops with comedy juggling, plate spinning, unicycle riding and magic with lots of colourful props, jokes and audience participation.
The Hippodrome cinema in Bo’ness will also be screening ‘Monty Python Live (mostly)’ as part of the festival on Sunday, July 20 and 26.
To buy tickets, and for more information, visit The Steeple box office in Falkirk High Street or visit www.funnyinfalkirk.com.