We’re ready for a laugh in Falkirk!

Glasgow comic Raymond Mearns launched Funny in Falkirk 2012
Glasgow comic Raymond Mearns launched Funny in Falkirk 2012

It’s third time lucky for stand-up fans as one of the country’s biggest comedy festivals gets under way for another fortnight of laugh-a-minute shows.

Funny in Falkirk 2012 kicks off tomorrow (Friday) and will see some of the biggest names in the business descend on the district for the third year in succession.

TV stars including Al Murray, Mark Watson and Fred MacAulay will be performing and have already proved a hit at the box office with comedy fans scrambling for tickets.

They’ll be joined by other stand-up legends including Stewart Lee, the ever-popular Des Clarke and Canadian eccentric Tom Stade.

A whole host of lesser known - but equally talented - comedians will also be appearing at venues across Falkirk, Grangemouth, Larbert, Bonnybridge, Denny and Bo’ness.

The festival officially begins tomorrow when renowned Scottish stand-up Bruce Morton appears at Falkirk’s Behind the Wall, while Gary Little will perform at The Corbie Inn in Bo’ness.

Tommy Sheppard, director of the Scottish Comedy Agency, which is organising the festival, said: “This is our strongest line-up yet with a bucketload of big names from the UK comedy circuit plus the best of Scottish comedy.”

Last year’s event saw more than 3100 tickets sold for 58 individual shows as the likes of Stephen K Amos and Elaine C Smith packed-out Falkirk and Grangemouth town halls.

Organisers are hopeful that this year’s festival will be even more successful.

Alastair Mitchell, manager of Falkirk Delivers, which promotes Falkirk town centre, said that the festival also provided a welcome boost to the local economy.

He added: “Funny in Falkirk has proven to be of great benefit to bars and restaurants across the district. It’s a real boost to the area’s night time economy.

Brian Flynn, owner of Behind the Wall in Falkirk’s Melville Street, which is hosting several shows, said: “I’m very much looking forward to it. The organisers have really upped their game this year - the line-up is fantastic.

“I always look forward to seeing Fred MacAulay, who is returning for third time, as well as Raymond Mearns - he always gets a great reception.”

The Falkirk Herald is official media partner of Funny in Falkirk and will providing all the latest news and reviews online at www.falkirkherald.co.uk.

Comedy fans can take advantage of a wide range of two-for-one ticket offers for festival shows by visiting www.funnyinfalkirk.com or by calling 0844 481 8108 and using the code ‘FH2FOR1’ when booking.

Shows up for grabs include Bruce Morton, Tom Stade, Des Clarke, John Scott, Katie Mulgrew & Tony Jameson, Ro Campbell, Raymond Mearns, Mark Nelson, Charlie Baker, The Suggestibles, Juliet Meyers, Scott Agnew, Bridget Christie, Patrick Monahan, Gavin Webster and Mark Watson.

The two-for-one offer is strictly limited and tickets must be bought in advance.

Due to unforeseen filming commitments Pete Firman’s show at Falkirk Town Hall has been cancelled.