Funny in Falkirk: Carson vows to return as festival kicks off

Niall Browne performed at Behind the Wall on Tuesday evening as part of a 'Best of Irish' showcase
Niall Browne performed at Behind the Wall on Tuesday evening as part of a 'Best of Irish' showcase

Comedy legend Frank Carson has vowed to return to Falkirk next year after he was forced to cancel his show last Saturday due to ill-health.

It was the first gig the Northern Irish stand-up has missed in 40 years.

The 84-year-old was advised to rest by doctors following a recent period of illness.

He had been due to perform at Falkirk Town Hall as part of the second annual Funny in Falkirk festival, which kicked-off last Friday.

Speaking to The Falkirk Herald, Frank’s agent said the comic was “terribly disappointed” at having to cancel to show.

“He hates having to let anyone down,” he said.

“He is what we call ‘old school’ - Frank is part of a generation that never misses a gig.

“He’s battled through snow drifts before to reach venues, even when the audience haven’t made it themselves.

“We’re already looking at re-arranging the date for next year. Once he’s back on his feet there will be no stopping him.”

The opening weekend of Funny in Falkirk featured performances from Scots comics Vladimir McTavish, Bruce Morton and Raymond Mearns.

On Tuesday, some of the best stand-ups from across the Irish Sea took part in an Irish comedy showcase at Behind the Wall.

Tomorrow Friday Elaine C Smith, familiar to millions as one of the stars of the long-running BBC series ‘Rab C Nesbitt’, will be appearing at Falkirk Town Hall.

On Saturday, Stephen K Amos will take to the stage at the same venue, whilst Fred MacAulay will be performing at Grangemouth Town Hall.

Canadian Stewart Francis will be appearing on Sunday.

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Tickets can be purchased in person at The Steeple box office in Falkirk High Street, or by calling 0844 481 8108.