Funny in Falkirk: Get set for a summer of laughs

Fred MacAulay is one of the many big names lined up for Funny in Falkirk
Fred MacAulay is one of the many big names lined up for Funny in Falkirk

Scotland’s newest comedy festival kicks-off on Friday with its biggest and best line-up yet.

The cream of the UK’s comic talent will descend on the district for 12 laugh-filled days.

And with 58 shows taking place across Falkirk, Grangemouth, Denny, Bo’ness - and, for the first time, Bonnybridge, there’s no excuse not to get involved.

Stewart Francis, Stephen K. Amos and Elaine C. Smith are just three of the famous names that will be performing.

They’ll be joined by light-entertainment legends such as Frank Carson and live favourites including Fred MacAulay (pictured) - who is returning to play Funny in Falkirk for a second time.

Last year’s debut festival was hailed as a massive success by organisers, the Scottish Comedy Agency and the Falkirk BID, but this year’s event is set to be even better.

Agency director Tommy Sheppard told The Falkirk Herald that he can’t wait for the festival to get started.

He said: “We’ve brought together a quality selection of comedians that will appeal to people of all ages. There’s a broad range of styles and tastes, from comedy greats such as Elaine C. Smith to contemporary favourites like Stewart Lee.

“The first festival was a tremendous success. It set the bar high for this year. But I think we’ve more than matched it - this year’s festival is going to be bigger and brighter.”

The festival is, however, not just about laughs - it also provides a welcome boost to the area’s night-time economy.

Corrie Cuthbertson, chairwoman of the Falkirk BID, hailed the contribution last year’s event made to local businesses and said she was looking forward to more of the same.

She added: “The festival brought a real buzz to the town centre. I’m sure that this year’s calibre of performers will make the event another big hit.”

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, of Falkirk Council’s tourism committee said: “Funny in Falkirk was a huge hit last year - it will be even better in 2011.”

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