Full house of laughs at the Gala Bingo Falkirk

Billy Kirkwood.
Billy Kirkwood.

The microphone at Falkirk’s Gala Bingo will be taken over by comedians every Friday this month.

The hall is hosting a different funnyman every week in a bid to appeal to non-bingo players.

Tomorrow Bruce Fummey will take to the stage after the caller and deliver the laughs from 10 p.m.

Friday, April 18, sees Glasgow comic Billy Kirkwood perform and, on April 25, Bill Dewar will do his stand up routine.

Assistant manager at the Falkirk venue Nick Auld said they were branching out into comedy to break stereotypes and encourage more people to give them a try.

“Some people still have the misconception that bingo is for old people but in reality all types come to use the facilities.

“Yes, there is bingo but we also have a bar, diner and host events such as karaoke every Saturday.

“The comedy nights we hope will get people through our doors who wouldn’t normally consider coming in.

“The comics lined up are great and comedy is something you don’t get in Falkirk every night of the week – it’s something different on offer for local people.”

Comedy fans are in for a bumper 2014 with Funny in Falkirk also confirmed for a fifth year, bringing some of the world’s best stand-ups to the district.

The July festival acts as a warm-up for many acts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and previous years has attracted big names in the scene such as Stewart Lee, Dylan Moran and Fred MacAuley.

The festival allows comedians to test new material on an audience and lets people see big name comics locally.

The Scottish Comedy Agency, which runs the festival, has confirmed the event will go ahead in 2014, but is yet to reveal who will take to the stage. Some names are expected to be announced next month.

The Gala Bingo Falkirk comedy nights start at 10 p.m. and entry is free.

The show lasts approximately 45 minutes and there is no need to book, simply turn up to watch the show.