KIRKCALDY will soon be ringing to the sound of laughter again when the annual Comedy Festival comes to town.
Comedian Jo Caulfield launched the event on Tuesday, and is the first of a raft of big names to visit the town for the 10-day event which runs from September 30 to October 9.
Featuring some of the top UK stand-ups, including Fred MacAulay, Jerry Sadowitz and Gary Tank Commander, as well as free kids‘ shows and a selection of specially chosen films, this year’s festival is set to eclipse its predecessors in both laughs and variety.
Launched by one of the biggest names on the line-up, snappy one-liner queen Jo Caulfield, tickets are now on sale and organisers are hoping for its biggest audiences yet.
Mock the Week regular Jo told the Press: “I’m looking forward to it! The Fife coast is so beautiful I’m even looking forward to the drive from Edinburgh. This is a show I’m really proud of, there’s a lot in it.
“Plus I’d like to see Simon Munnery and Greg McHugh - they always make me laugh. Come on Kirkcaldy – it’s a bargain!”
This year’s festival sees an impressive line-up taking to stages in Adam Smith Theatre, pubs, hotels and even restaurants in Kirkcaldy over 10 days.
And given the current climate, organisers have promised more giggles for your gold, with some venues like Society, Lyrx Lounge and the Victoria Hotel offering as many as five comics in one night for just a fiver.
Something for everyone
Tommy Sheppard, director of the Scottish Comedy Agency, the company behind the festival, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing the festival back to Fife this autumn for a fourth fantastic year.
“With a programme of events that includes familiar faces from television, cutting edge comedy and Scottish favourites, we do have something for everyone.
“I think the comedy festival is bedding down as a Fife institution really. And it’s not just about stand-up - there are lots of other things going on that are all part of it.”
The full programme includes favourites like Jenny Eclair, Robin Ince, Patrick Monahan, Fred MacAulay, Vladimir McTavish and David Kay.
For kids there are free shows at the Mercat on Saturday afternoons, while those who fancy a bit of food with their funnies can head to Annapurna’s Curry Comedy nights.
Belly-laughs and cringe-worthy jokes aside, Kirkcaldy4 All, who are the main event organisers, are hoping the arrival of some of the biggest names in the business will help boost the local economy.
Bill Harvey, BID co-ordinator, said weathering the recession has already been a huge achievement for the festival.
He said: “It’s very hard to quantify the effect the festival has on the town, but importantly what it does is gets Kirkcaldy’s name in lights and tells everyone we are alive and kicking and carrying on.”
Already, there is talk of developing the festival further for next year, but for now organisers are hoping locals will go along and get a few giggles.