Irish comic Jason Byrne has been revealed as the first big name to be booked to perform at this year’s Funny in Falkirk festival.
The 42-year-old, who has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe for 18 consecutive years, will preview his new show at Falkirk Town Hall on Tuesday, July 29.
The full line-up for the fifth annual Funny in Falkirk will be revealed in next week’s Falkirk Herald, with organisers promising many more well-kent names and up-and-coming artists will be heading to the district between July 18 and 29.
The festival first took place in 2010 and has since established itself as the biggest celebration of comedy in Scotland outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
It has attracted a host of comedians from around the world, ranging from the critically-acclaimed to much-loved veterans.
The likes of Kevin Bridges, Stewart Lee, Mark Watson, Des Clarke, Elaine C Smith, Daniel Simonsen, Bridget Christie, Dylan Moran and Fred MacAulay have all performed to sell-out crowds at venues in Falkirk, Grangemouth and Larbert.
Well-received shows in Denny, Stenhousemuir and Bonnybridge have provided a boost to the night-time economy of the district.
The Falkirk Herald will be publishing exclusive interviews with many of the comedians booked to play this year’s event, as well as offering readers the chance to win free tickets to some of the best shows.
Exclusive video content and reviews will be published on www.falkirkherald.co.uk.
Organisers said they were thrilled to book Jason Byrne for this year’s festival.
The title ‘You Name the Show’ reflects the interactive nature of the performance. The Dubliner will select a handful of audience members and ask them to suggest potential names, before asking the rest of those assembled to vote on their favourite.
Byrne, by his own admission, changes the content of his shows up to “546 times” due to his improvisational style and anarchic chain of thought.
The winning show title of the evening will take pride of place centre stage on the white leader board.
At the end of the Edinburgh Festival in August, Jason and his final audience will choose the best name. The winner will receive £500 in cash.
Tickets for Jason’s Falkirk performance go on sale tomorrow (Friday) at www.funnyinfalkirk.com, with tickets for the full festival line-up available following next week’s announcement.