Ready for Falkirk’s fourth festival of laughter!

Des Clarke launched this year's festival
Des Clarke launched this year's festival
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This year’s Funny in Falkirk comedy festival gets under way on Friday.

It’s the fourth outing for the event, which sees some of the biggest names in the business play shows across Falkirk, Grangemouth, Larbert, Bonnybridge, Dunipace and Bo’ness.

Glaswegian comic Raymond Mearns, who plays at The Corbie Inn in Bonnybridge, and Gary Little, who plays Falkirk’s Behind the Wall, are two of the highlights from the line-up of the festival’s opening day.

On Saturday night, The Songbird bar in Dunipace hosts a Scottish comedy showcase and there’s a ‘Saturday night live!’ show at Behind the Wall.

The festival runs until July 30 and includes shows from Dylan Moran, David Baddiel, Fred MacAulay, Dave Spikey and Des Clarke.

Former Socialist MSP Rosie Kane is also bringing her one-woman show to Falkirk following rave reviews at the Glasgow Comedy Festival earlier this year.

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 event.”

Visit our Funny in Falkirk mini site at http://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/what-s-on/funny-in-falkirk