Comedy festival returns for another year

Stewart Francis was amongst those who performed as part of last year's Funny in Falkirk festival.
Stewart Francis was amongst those who performed as part of last year's Funny in Falkirk festival.

Some of the top names in stand-up will perform across the district this summer as part of the fourth Funny in Falkirk festival.

The Falkirk Herald can reveal the event, which is now established as part of the UK live comedy circuit, will take place from July 19-30.

Gigs will be held in Falkirk, Grangemouth, Stenhousemuir, Denny and Bo’ness.

Last year’s festival was a run-away success with several sold-out shows from comedy giants like Stewart Lee and Stewart Francis.

But Funny in Falkirk, which is organised by the Scottish Comedy Agency, also wants to help the next generation of stand-ups and is inviting applications from comedians who would like to perform at the event.

The Falkirk Herald is once again official media partner of the festival and will be bringing you a series of exclusive interviews with some of the top names playing.

The full line-up will be revealed next month, but the festival organisers are already hard at work to ensure this year’s Funny in Falkirk is the best yet.

Scottish Comedy Agency director Tommy Sheppard told The Falkirk Herald that he couldn’t wait for the event to kick-off.

“This is one of our favourite festivals to programme and run,” he said.

“It’s especially enjoyable when you have an area of people who understand and love comedy as much as we do.”

Festival coordinator Gemma Maramis added: “We’re building on the festival year upon year and look to keep it fresh for all comedy fans. This year we have put the colour of the programme to a public vote via Facebook, and have some plans to expand on the Funny on Art element of the festival.

“With new faces, new venues and exciting genres, we hope to offer a slice of celebrated and curious comedy for all.

“There’s no need to hang back and look out for a 2-for-1 ticket offer either – this year we’ll have an early bird ticket price for the first four weeks of sale which will offer the best deals full-stop.

“Our aim stays the same – to make it bigger, better and more side-splitting than ever before.”

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