Jason Bryne brought the curtain down on the fifth Funny in Falkirk comedy festival with a well-received performance at Falkirk Town Hall on Tuesday evening.
The Irish funnyman performed an exclusive Scottish preview of ‘You Name The Show’ at the West Bridge Street venue ahead of his run at the Edinburgh Fringe next month.
And Byrne, a stand-up veteran of more than 20 years’ experience, clearly enjoyed himself, tweeting yesterday morning (Wednesday): “What a start to my Scottish run at Funny in Falkirk. I’ll be lucky to get that much fun in a month never mind ‘one night in Falkirk’.”
As its name suggests, the show invited audience members to suggest possible titles for that evening’s performance, with ‘One Night in Falkirk’ the clear winner.
Several fans took to twitter to voice their approval of Byrne’s performance. One said: “You were absolutely fantastic - I laughed from start to finish.”
Another added: “It was a great gig. I wasn’t too keen on going but I’m glad I did - fantastic.”
It marked the end of another year for Scotland’s biggest celebration of stand-up outside of Edinburgh or Glasgow, which brought more than 30 performers to venues across Falkirk, Grangemouth, Larbert, Dunipace and Bo’ness.
Gemma Maramis, of festival organisers the Scottish Comedy Agency, said plans were already under way to make next year’s event even better.
“We’ve had another fantastic year and want to say thanks to everyone who came along to support live comedy and who helped make the festival a laugh from start to finish,” she said.
“The calibre of acts who came and performed was terrific - we look forward to building the festival further in 2015 and continuing to make Funny in Falkirk comedy festival a calender event not to be missed.”
On Monday evening, LA-based actor Miles Allen had another FTH audience in stitches with his innovative ‘One Man Breaking Bad’ show, a unique tribute to the mega-hit US TV series. He tweeted afterwards: “An A-1 crowd for sure”.
Last Thursday, popular radio DJ and Scots stand-up Des Clarke made light of the fact he had played “two stadium gigs in a row”. The Glaswegian was at Celtic Park for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, and then performed at the Westfield Lounge at the Falkirk Stadium as part of Funny in Falkirk.
There were some disappointments however, with The Thinking Drinkers having to cancel their show at Falkirk’s Behind the Wall due to a double-booking at the venue.
The comedy duo will however be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe throughout August.