Laughs aplenty on the way to Falkirk

Hardeep Singh Kholi launches the programme for Funny in Falkirk 2015
Hardeep Singh Kholi launches the programme for Funny in Falkirk 2015

Falkirk’s annual comedy extravaganza may be turning up a little later this year but the laughter it provides will warm up our cold nights.

Stand up fans normally get their giggle fix from Funny in Falkirk in the summer months, but this year’s event runs from October 15 to October 25 - long after the Fringe has shut up shop – with top turns like Father Ted’s Ardal O’Hanlon, Canadian comedy legend Tom Stade and Michelle McManus hitting a venue near you.

Comedian, broadcaster and chef Hardeep Singh Kohli, who will be cooking up chuckles at Behind the Wall, unveiled the full programme for this year’s event, the sixth and potentially second funniest Funny in Falkirk.

There are over 2000 tickets available for shows across 11 venues in Falkirk, Denny, Bo’ness, Stenhousemuir and Grangemouth.

Festival organiser and Scottish Comedy Agency director Sarah Watson said: “We can’t wait to kick off this year’s laughterfest, there really is something on offer for everyone this year.

“From big names like Ardal O’Hanlon and Tom Stade to rising stars like Susie McCabe and Davey Connor. I would urge folks to get out and enjoy as much as they can.

“Take a chance on a show at a new venue and you might just find the Kevin Bridges of tomorrow.”

Sadly the Kevin Bridges of today, after his appearance back in 2010, has missed out on another Funny in Falkirk, but other big names will play big venues, taking comedy from its natural habitat and breeding ground in small, cramped clubs, to stages like Falkirk Town Hall where Ardal “Father Dougal” O’Hanlon (Thursday, October 22) and Tom Stade (Sunday, October 18) make their stand.

Grangemouth Town Hall welcomes former Pop Idol champ and The Hour presenter Michelle McManus (Friday, October 23) who will hopefully get to play Funny in Falkirk this year, after her ill-fated 2014 show fell through.

King of so called alternative comedy Tony Law (Saturday, October 17) will lay down his surname at the Dobbie Hall, inviting his pals along for a laugh in Larbert.

If ever a venue was built with jokes in mind it was Behind the Wall and the Melville Street mirth mecca will host Hardeep Singh Kohli (Sunday, October 25), the Godmother of Scottish comedy Janey Godley (Sunday, October 18) and Britain’s second favourite stand-up with the surname Kay – Phil Kay (Saturday, October 24) to be precise.

BTW also welcomes homegrown humorists like Alan Bissett (Friday, October 16), who performs his Moira Monologues, and Bruce Fummey (Thursday, October 15).

Alex Fleming, manager of Falkirk Delivers, said: “We are delighted to again be hosting our annual comedy festival, Funny in Falkirk. There’s always the buzz of festival frenzy as Falkirk becomes immersed in the comedy culture.

“This year’s line-up brings a diverse range of performances to venues across the Falkirk District and truly offers something for all the family. I’m thrilled to see some of our festival favourite’s back, keen to build on previous success and welcome those who visit us for the first time.”

Youngsters like a good guffaw too and they can have free fun at the Howgate Centre on Saturday, October 17, from noon to 3pm when Miss Polly Hoops brings her Hula Hoop Workshop.

Ticket information and full listings are available at www.funnyinfalkirk.com or by calling 0871 220 0260.

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