Dylan Moran brings Funny in Falkirk 2013 to a close

Dylan Moran entertains the Falkirk Town Hall audience on Tuesday evening. Picture: Michael Gillen
Dylan Moran entertains the Falkirk Town Hall audience on Tuesday evening. Picture: Michael Gillen

Irish comedian Dylan Moran brought the 2013 Funny in Falkirk festival to a thrilling conclusion on Tuesday evening at Falkirk Town Hall.

The 41-year-old’s unique style of sardonic observational humour proved a hit with the audience, who showed their appreciation by calling him back for an encore that went on well past the show’s stated finishing time of 9.30 p.m.

Moran, who wrote and starred in the popular Channel 4 series ‘Black Books’, performs regularly at comedy festivals around the world - but did not face a long journey to Falkirk. He told the audience that his home for many years has been in Edinburgh’s Southside.

“I should qualify at least for dual-citizenship,” he said. “I mean I’ve endured enough Scottish winters.”

Glaswegian stand-up David Kay opened the show with a short set of his dry, understated style of humour. His routine of everyday observations was interspersed with some often surreal twists.

He mourned the Ministry of Defence’s decision in 2009 to close its UFO desk, to which members of the public could report sightings, and the impact it would have in Bonnybridge.

The show marked the conclusion of this year’s Funny in Falkirk festival, which began on July 19, and has seen performances from the likes of Fred MacAulay, Omid Djalili, Daniel Simonsen and Janey Godley.

On Monday, David Baddiel entertained Falkirk Town Hall with his take on why our society remains so fixated to the idea of celebrity, and Mark Dolan shared with the audience at Behind the Wall just what he found awesome in the everyday world.

The festival was organised by the Scottish Comedy Agency, in association with Falkirk Council and Falkirk Delivers.

Agency director Tommy Sheppard told The Falkirk Herald he was delighted with the reaction to the event.

“This has been the best Funny in Falkirk yet. We’ve had some brilliant shows from big stars and rising stars.

“The feedback has been universally positive and I think the event has now established itself as part of the cultural calendar of central Scotland.”