Funny in Falkirk 2015: Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon to play Falkirk Town Hall

Ardal O'Hanlon is the first comedian revealed to be playing Funny in Falkirk 2015
Ardal O'Hanlon is the first comedian revealed to be playing Funny in Falkirk 2015
  • Funny in Falkirk comedy festival returns from October 15-25
  • Irish stand-up Ardal O’Hanlon will play Falkirk Town Hall on October 22
  • Full line-up will be revealed in September
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He’s best known for playing the hapless priest who can’t be trusted to officiate at any wedding or funeral.

But Ardal O’Hanlon will be leaving the dog collar at home when he heads to Falkirk Town Hall on Thursday, October 22.

The Irish stand-up is the first act to be revealed as playing this year’s Funny in Falkirk comedy festival, which takes place from October 15-25 at venues across the district.

The annual event has been moved back from its usual summer slot to later in the year by organisers the Scottish Comedy Agency to avoid clashing with other festivals.

The full line-up will be revealed in September by The Falkirk Herald.

O’Hanlon (49) found fame playing Father Dougal McGuire in the acclaimed Channel 4 series Father Ted, and has since established himself as an immensely popular stand-up with bookings across the world.

Sarah Watson, Scottish Comedy Agency director, said: “Ardal is a personal favourite of mine, and I’m delighted he’s coming to headline Funny in Falkirk.

“There will be lots more shows announced in September and we’re aiming to have something for all tastes and price ranges.”

Funny in Falkirk, which is supported by Falkirk Council and Falkirk Delivers, was first staged in 2010 and has seen the likes of Kevin Bridges, Stewart Lee, Stephen K. Amos, Bridget Christie and Fred MacAulay perform.

It’s also provided a boost to the district’s nighttime economy.

Falkirk Delivers director Alexis Fleming said: “I’m sure the festival will have something for everyone.”

Tickets for Ardal’s show are on sale via www.funnyinfalkirk.com or by calling (01324) 628038.