Comedy festival to return in July for fifth year

Dylan Moran performs at Falkirk Town Hall during last year's Funny in Falkirk festival. Picture: Michael Gillen
Dylan Moran performs at Falkirk Town Hall during last year's Funny in Falkirk festival. Picture: Michael Gillen

It’s the festival that’s firmly established the Falkirk district as a must-visit destination for any touring professional comedian.

Since its first outing in 2010, Funny in Falkirk has brought a plethora of stand-up comics, stage plays and film to venues large and small for ten days of laughter.

Now the Scottish Comedy Agency, which organises the event, has confirmed it will return for a fifth annual run in July after talks with Falkirk Council and Falkirk Delivers.

Details of this year’s line-up are still under wraps, but the agency told The Falkirk Herald that a range of household names and up-and-coming talent will be heading to the district between Friday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 29.

Director Tommy Sheppard said: “We’re delighted to be asked back for a fifth year. Funny in Falkirk has fast become an institution in the Scottish cultural calendar.”

The timing and location of Funny in Falkirk, taking place the week before the Edinburgh Fringe festival, means it is ideally placed to attract comedians eager to road-test new material.

Festival co-ordinator Gemma Maramis said: “We aim to launch in early May and look set to bring more of the heavyweight names that we’ve brought in the past. Alongside the big hitters, we’ll also be bringing some of the best preview shows from the Fringe – before they’ve even been to Edinburgh.

“We’ll be updating our social media sites next week and will be putting the programme colour to the public vote once again, so anyone can get involved in the preparation.”

Comedy greats in Falkirk

Funny in Falkirk has brought a range of acclaimed comedians to the district since 2010, including Kevin Bridges, Stewart Lee, David Baddiel, Bridget Christie, Stephen K Amos, Dylan Moran, Al Murray, Mark Watson, Stewart Francis and Fred MacAulay.

But one stand-up legend who sadly didn’t make it to Falkirk was Frank Carson. The Belfast native was booked to play Falkirk Town Hall in July 2011 and spoke to The Falkirk Herald in advance of the planned show, but later had to cancel his performance due to ill health. He died aged 85 in January 2012.