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Comedy festival arrives in Bo’ness

STAND-UP comedy arrives in Bo’ness this weekend as part of the Funny in Falkirk, Central Scotland’s brand-new comedy festival.

Two shows, promising lots of laughs, will take place in Bo’ness Town Hall:

• The Best of Scottish Comedy, on Saturday, July 31 – featuring comedians Bruce Morton, Jojo Sutherland, Bruce Fummey and Billy Kirkwood; and

• Sunday Night Stand-Up, on Sunday, August 1 – putting the spotlight on Bruce Devlin (“a tongue so sharp he could peel a King Edward” says The Scotsman), Raymond Mearns, Anthony Murray and Lucy Oldham.

The shows on both nights start at 8 p.m. in Bo’ness Town Hall; tickets are just £8 each or £7 for concessions.

Buy the Bo’ness tickets at the Inkspot and Silverleaf Booksellers in South Street, Bo’ness; or by calling 0844 395 4005.

Tickets may also be available on the door.

The new festival, launched with the help of Falkirk Council, has brought a range of Scottish and international acts to Falkirk and surrounding towns. It runs until August 3.

This weekend, Funny in Falkirk will also offer Tam Cowan in Grangemouth (Friday, July 30) and acclaimed star Danny Bhoy in Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday.

Next week sees the festival come to a close with appearances from risqué ventriloquist Nina Conti (at Behind the Wall in Falkirk on Monday); “Mock the Week’s” Andi Osho (at the Argyll’s, Falkirk, on Tuesday); and Stewart Lee (at Behind the Wall on Tuesday).

Full details on all the shows are available now at – and from leaflets available from local outlets.

The festival has been commissioned by the Falkirk Business Improvement District (BID) – which aims to improve and promote Falkirk Town Centre – in conjunction with Falkirk Council.

The Scottish Comedy Agency, the team behind the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, has masterminded the comedy programme.

Bo’ness Councillor Adrian Mahoney, who leads on tourism and economic development on the Council, said: “I hope people will support the Bo’ness gigs and get along to some of the other shows being staged as part of the festival. There’s still time to pick up tickets.”