Your complete guide to Funny in Falkirk events

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A day-by-day guide to the comedy festival.

Visit www.funnyinfalkirk.com or call 0844 481 8108 to book tickets:

FRIDAY, JULY 19

Howie’s Kids Club: Zoe’s Face Painting

Howgate, Falkirk, 12-2 p.m., free

Zoe’s face painting will be coming to the Howgate to bring smiles to ALL as she offers free professional face painting. What the funniest face you can pull and imagine? Zoe is also trained in BSL (British Sign Language) and can communicate with hearing impaired children and adults with ease.

Howie’s Kids Club: Comical Crafts

Howgate, Falkirk, noon-2 p.m., free

Street Artist Alfie Dexterous from Edinburgh based art collective The Too Much Fun Club, will be stopping by for a selection of cool drop-in arty crafts. The session will have lots to do and all ages can get involved. Come and try – it’s all free! (don’t worry we’ll have a wash space for those who like getting cleaned up again)

Gary Little: The Thing Is ...

Behind the Wall, Falkirk, 8 p.m., £10/8

Funny In Falkirk favourite returns to the fold after four sell-out Glasgow International Comedy Festival shows. Gary trained at the University of Hard Knocks and is a sure-fire hit who is not to be missed.

‘Born raconteur’ Scotsman.

Raymond Mearns: Waking Up To Myself

The Corbie Inn, Bo’ness, 8.30 p.m., £9/7

Raymond realises that he isn’t stupid but simply does stupid things, but what was it Forrest Gump said? Stupid is as stupid does! Previously in Rab C. Nesbitt and River City.

‘Exceptionally funny, solid routines’ Scotsman.

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Howie’s Kids Club: Magic Malky and Punch & Judy Puppet Show

Howgate, 12-3 p.m., free

Roll-up, roll-up! Make sure to stop by to be astounded by Magic Malky’s comical clowning tomfoolery and fun. Grand giggles can also be found when Punch & Judy come to visit Falkirk too, A perfect entertainment stop-in for all the family.

Fairpley present Dave Anderson’s A Butterfly Kiss

FTH, Falkirk, 8 p.m., £16.50/£14.50

Theatre cum stand-up cum musical journey. Director Dave Anderson looks back fondly to a Punch & Judy stall on a Scottish seaside evoking memories of Eisenhower and Ray Charles.

‘Extraordinary moving and powerful...’ Scotsman

International Stand Up

Behind the Wall, Falkirk, 8 p.m., £12/10

Raymond Mearns, Colin McLeod and Will Franken provide an international triple treat!

Best of Scottish Comedy

The Songbird, Dunipace, 8 p.m., £12/10

Featuring compere Joe Heenan (‘acid sharp’ Scotsman) and the prolific and bloody hilarious headliner Keir McAllister.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

Julia Sutherland: Fat Chance

Behind The Wall, Falkirk, 6 p.m., £6/5

From severely obese to a size 10, Julia Sutherland tells her poignant, comic tale of a life in two bodies. A radio and TV broadcaster with over a decade at the BBC she is laugh-out-loud funny, authentic and inspiring.

‘Cutting witty reflections’ Scotsman

Daliso Chaponda: Laughrica

Behind The Wall, Falkirk, 8 p.m., £8/7

Daliso Chaponda is an African comedian who was deported from Canada so moved to England. He thinks westerners are crazy but Africans are even crazier. Corruption, colonialism, dictatorships ... Fresh from an African tour, this is cutting wit - proper funny.

MONDAY, JULY 22

Fred MacAulay: 25 Fringes

Behind The Wall, Falkirk, 7.30 p.m., £10

Arguably Scotland’s most successful bald stand-up comedian! Expect strong language and lots of laughs as Fred tells us about his many Fringe escapades.

‘Seamlessly entertaining and enjoyably astute’ Skinny

Ro Campbell: Dumb S*** I’ve Done In The Name Of Fun

City, Falkirk, 7.45 p.m., £5/4*

Relentlessly entertaining Aussie Ro Campbell in a new show big on laughs. Campbell’s award-winning brand of cheeky, slightly dark humour has wowed audiences from Adelaide to Bangalore.

‘Top Notch’ Scotsman

TUESDAY, JULY 23

Fred MacAulay: 25 Fringes

Behind The Wall, Falkirk, 7.30 p.m., £10

See Monday, July 22.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24

Silky: It Was This Show Or Have Kids

Behind The Wall, Falkirk, 7.30 p.m., £8/7

Liverpudlian inexile, Silky returns to Falkirk to disturb the peace. Loved by comics and critics alike, Silky is a natural storyteller and an expert on the physics of stand up. As seen on BBC1, BBC2 C4, Paramount and more.

Bruce Fummey: Almost The Fringe

Callendar Arms, Falkirk, 8.30 p.m., £6/5

Bruce Fummey has gained a reputation for taking an irreverent look at all things Scottish. Dealing with its history, the Gaelic language and the small matter of independence. Expect some belly laughs and a five star performance.

THURSDAY, JULY 25

Dave Spikey: Words Don’t Come Easy

FTH, Falkirk, 7.30 p.m., £16.50/14.50

Dave is known to many as Jerry ‘St Clair’ from Pheonix Nights. His fascination with the vagaries of the English language come to fruit in this hilarious new show examining many of life’s situations where words don’t come easy.

Mark Nelson, Kai Humphries and The Reverend Obadiah Steppenwolfe III

Behind The Wall, Falkirk, 7.30 p.m., £9/8

An absolutely awesome line-up as three of Scotland’s most hilarious power-house comedians join forces for an evening of sinful and gut-aching laughs. NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED!

The Incredible Geek Comedy Night

City, Falkirk, 7.15 p.m. £6/£5*

Cram-packed variety show full of sketches, music and stand-up dedicated entirely to all things geeky. Jokes across the spectrum and then some. Spock ears not a requirement but geek paraphemalia actively encouraged.

Scott Agnew

City, Falkirk, 8.30 p.m., £6/5*

Scott’s asked for nothing in life and ended up with buggar all. He’s here to challenge the notion that hard work brings rewards and that a new year can bring optimism

‘Always hilarious’ Fringe Guru

‘Master storyteller’ Chortle

FRIDAY, JULY 26

Much Ado About Nothing

Hippodrome, Bo’ness, various times

Vladimir McTavish & Keir McAllister: Look at The State of Britain

Behind The Wall, Falkirk, 8 p.m., £10/8

Vladimir McTavish (One of the finest acts on the Scottish comedy circuit’ Guardian) and Keir McAllister (‘Immensely high punchline ratio’ Scotsman) take you on a comic journey through the landscape of present day Britain.

Singin’ I’m No A Billy He’s A Tim

Grangemouth Town Hall, 8 p.m., £15/£13

What happens when you lock up a Celtic fan with a Rangers fan? Fireworks! Billy and Tim find themselves banged up in the same court cell on Old Firm day. 
‘Really funny ... I’d urge anyone to go see it’ Alistair McGowan

David Kay

The Corbie Inn, Corbiehall, Bo’ness, 8.30 p.m., £9/7

Kay’s style remains unique, slow burning, laconic and downright funny. Come along and check out the phenomenon also know as ‘The Fireball of Scottish Comedy’. Roastin’ toastin’.

SATURDAY, JULY 27

Epic

Hippodrome, Bo’ness, various times

Janey Godley: Godley Ungagged

Behind The Wall, Falkirk, 8 p.m., £9/7

Multi-award-winning Glaswegian Janey Godley has been called the ‘most outspoken female stand-up in Britain’ Daily Telegraph.

‘She is not afraid to say the unsayable’ Scotsman

Des Clarke: A Stand Up Guy

The Dobbie Hall, Larbert, 8 p.m., £12/10

One of the UK’s most exciting talents returns to Falkirk. Des is a highly successful comedian and has toured the world with his jokes for ammo.

‘Glasgow’s comedy champion’ Daily Record

SUNDAY, JULY 28

Much Ado About Nothing,

Hippodrome, Bo’ness, various times

Omid Djalili Live!

FTH, Falkirk, 8 p.m., £16.50/14.50

British Iranian Omid Djalili is probably one of the most subversive and funniest comedians around says the Guardian.

‘A brilliantly barnstorming act’ BBC

Rosie Kane: An Evening With ...

Behind The Wall, Falkirk, 6 p.m., £6/5

Fresh from selling out two shows during the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, this is the self-told story of a wee lassie with a deep rooted sense of justice who accidentally stumbled into Holyrood as a Scottish Socialist MSP. Music, harmonies and humour.

Damian Clark: D’Damo!

Behind The Wall, Falkirk, 8 p.m., £8/7

Fresh from supporting Kevin Bridges and Jack Dee on their national tours, Aussie boy Damian Clark presents a show of high octane mayhem. Now is the time to catch this raw talent who is ‘bladder burstingly funny’ Chortle

Rob Carter: Murder (And Other Hobbies)

City, 7.15p.m., £6/5*

Award-winning comedian recently seen in Peep Show presents his debut show, a dark and murky manifestation of life by a musical comedian on point.

Iain Stirling: At Home

City, Falkirk, 8.30p.m., £6/5*

Stirling is an award-winning presenter and comic who sold out his debut show in 2012. Iain explores a host of topics includng reactions to commitment and love. Ouch!

‘Has all the qualities associated with the world’s leading comics’ The List

MONDAY, JULY 29

Much Ado About Nothing

Hippodrome, Bo’ness, various times

Shaun of the Dead

Cineworld, Falkirk, 6.30 p.m.

Mark Dolan: You’re Awesome

Behind The Wall, 7.30 p.m., £10/8

Mark Dolan’s glass is always half full, as he celebrates the awesome things in life like finding money in old trousers and discovering that your mental girlfriend isn’t pregnant.

‘Consistently funny’ Independent

Tony Jameson: Football Manager Ruined My Life

City, Falkirk, 7.15 p.m., £6/5*

The north-east’s hottest talent in his debut hour asks if he could have achieved more had he not spent 20 years playing video games.

‘Cannot help but watch in awe’ ComedyCentral.co.uk

Simon Donald: Butch, Straight Poof

City, Falkirk, 8.30 p.m., £6/5*

A revealing rummage inside a head housing a three-way punch-up between machismo, heterosexuality and effeminacy.

‘Former Viz man, as funny with a microphone in his hand as he was with a pencil’ Guardian

David Baddiel: Fame, Not the Musical

FTH, Falkirk, 7.30 p.m., £16.50/14.50

Fame: our society is obsessed with it - but who will talk honestly about what it’s really like? David Baddiel, in his first full show for 15 years, does.

‘Very funny and thought-provoking’ Daily Telegraph

‘Hilarious and weirdly moving’ Guardian

TUESDAY, JULY 30

Dylan Moran LIVE

FTH, Falkirk, 7.30 p.m., £16.50/14.50

Dylan Moran has had huge success as a writer, actor and comedian. One of the foremost comics of his generation earning him the label of ‘The Oscar Wilde of Comedy’ it’s easy to understand why award-winning Moran’s stand up shows have sold out across the world.

Glenn Wool: This Road Has Tolls

Behind The Wall, Falkirk, 8 p.m., £12/10

Another year, another lap around the world for this tetherless Canadian-born vagabond. When people ask him what it’s like, living a life on the road, he tells them, it’s a wonderful way to spend your mid-20s. He’s in his late 30s.

‘You have to go and see Glenn Wool’ Guardian

Lady Carol: Betwixt and Between

City, Falkirk, 7.15 p.m., £6/5*

A less than organised collection of tales and songs leaves audiences with their cockles warmed and heart lifted. Brand new show after touring the world in 2012.

‘Effortless’ Scotsman

Daniel Simonsen: Stranger

City, Falkirk, 8.30 p.m., £6/5*

Award-winning Norwegian comedian Daniel Simonsen presents a brand new show.

‘You knew he was funny before he even opened his mouth’ Scotsman

‘A talent to keep an eye on’ Time Out

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1

Hot Fuzz

Cineworld, Falkirk, 6.30 p.m.

* All City shows are £4 if you book two shows