Funny in Falkirk: Festival proves a massive hit

Stewart Francis was one of the many top acts who came to town
Stewart Francis was one of the many top acts who came to town

It had them rolling in the aisles and left audiences eager for more.

The second annual Funny in Falkirk festival drew to a close on Tuesday night after more than 40 performances across the district.

With audience numbers expected to be up on last year and several shows total sell-outs, organisers have already declared the 2011 event a huge success.

The Scottish Comedy Agency, in co-operation with the Falkirk BID and Falkirk Council, worked hard to ensure that the festival returned to the district even bigger and better than last year.

Judging by the audience reaction at most shows, it was a task well worth the effort.

Last Friday saw Scottish comedy legend Elaine C. Smith wow a big crowd at Falkirk Town Hall, while well-known south-Londoner Stephen K Amos proved a hit at the same venue on Saturday.

Tickets were in short supply to see Canadian comic Stewart Francis on Sunday evening - his show had sold out two days previously.

On Monday, Stewart Lee brought his unique acerbic wit to Behind the Wall in Falkirk’s Melville Street.

Playing to a sold-out crowd, he declared he would be going out of his way to return to the venue for a third year in a row.

It wasn’t all about the big names however - rookie stand-ups had the chance to make their live debuts at 20 Rocks on Princes Street after completing four ‘comedy masterclasses’.

Gemma Maramis, Funny in Falkirk festival co-ordinator, said: “It is fantastic to see that Funny in Falkirk’s second year has been as well received as the last year.

“With an expanded programme we had hoped to offer something for all tastes and ages - and feedback so far shows that we have definitely achieved that aim. It has been a lot of fun - and hard work – but it’s all been worth it.

“We are very much looking forward to working with our festival partners, and our outstanding team of Funny in Falkirk ambassadors, to create another tremendous festival.

“We’re already looking forward to 2012.”