The first ever Fife Comedy Festival kicks off next week and there’s a busy programme with something that will put a smile on everyone’s face.
The laughter starts on Tuesday, April 1 and shows are running at On at Fife’s venues until April 13.
There are a number of big name comedians playing gigs in the Kingdom, however it’s not all about the one-liners and stand-up shows.
A number of comedy shows, offering audiences something different, are planned.
Among them are musicals, puppets and comedy songs.
Evan Henderson, comedy festival programmer, said: “Fife’s first comedy festival is almost upon us, and whilst it’s rich with masters of stand-up like Rich Hall, Jerry Sadowitz, Omid Djalili, Fred MacAulay, Hardeep Singh Kohli and others, the festival includes some quirkier aspects too.
“The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, The Showstoppers Improvised Musical, Probably The Best Comedy Songs in the World Ever, Maybe?, Worbey & Farrell with their Deviations on a Piano, and The Confessions of Gordon Brown are shows which are sure to have you rolling in the aisles with laughter.”
And this week, two unusual performers at the festival took time out to speak to the Press.
The pair star in The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, yes that’s right, they are the socks.
The socks’ new show is ‘Socks In Space - To Inverness and Beyond’ and it comes to Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Theatre on Thursday, April 3. Over 12s only.
The comedy duo, who don’t have names, are excited to be coming to Fife.
One said: “We’re looking forward to it. Our gran was from Newburgh and it’s got the same postcode.”
The socks have been performing at the Edinburgh Festival since 2007 and go back every year with a brand new show.
Friend of the double act, Kev Sutherland, told the Press: “The show that’s coming to Kirkcaldy is the best of everything, including their journey into space.
“Their new evening of songs and sketches takes in everything science fiction.
“They do their own versions of Star Trek, Alien and everything in between.
“The socks are like a lot of double acts, one is striving to make it an entertaining and educational show while the other character is hell bent on making sure that doesn’t happen.”
A sock interrupts: “It’s very exciting, there’s a very elaborate space suit and we’re hoping we’ll have a very exotic and an amazing space ship by the time we get to Kirkcaldy. Fingers crossed.”
Kev continued: “It’s a cracking line up for the comedy festival.
“They are honoured and flattered to be rubbing shoulders with the greats.”
The other sock added: “We’ve never played Kirkcaldy, the nearest we’ve been was St Andrews.
“We played at the Byre and the next week it closed down so look out Kirkcaldy!”
For full festival listings visit www.onfife.com/comedy
Rothes Halls, April 3
Following another total sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Showstoppers are on tour with their Improvised Musical.
Every night the troupe create a brand new comedy musical from scratch using suggestions from the audience.
The suggestions of all aspects including characters, settings and themes are transformed into a unique musical show that’s all singing and all dancing.
There are no scripts, there are no plans and there are no plants in the audience.
Real suggestions go into the show on the spot, with some unpredictable and hilarious results.
The Confessions of
Rothes Halls, April 12
The smash London West End and Edinburgh Festival hit comes home to Fife.
In this production, written and directed by Kevin Toolis, Gordon Brown hilariously exposes the darkest secrets of Downing Street, the stab-in-the-front plottings, the betrayals and most importantly - the hair gel.
In this rollicking satire, Gordon at last exclusively reveals what it takes to knife your way to the top and rule a nation.
And how his dream of power ran awry.
Probably the Best Comedy Songs in the World Ever, Maybe?
Adam Smith Theatre, April 5
Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden perform in this show which features a host of comedy songs covering a number of years by a host of great names and a few surprises.
Songs from the likes of Stan Freeberg, Tom Lehrer, The Pythons, Pete and Dud, Bernard Cribbins, Tom Paxton, The Goons, Kenneth Williams, Benny Hill, Noel Coward and George Formby are all included.
This is a great chance to see grown men having fun at their own expense, and maybe yours.
Worbey and Farrell
Carnegie Hall, April 9
Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell are one of the world’s most entertaining and unique piano acts.
Revolutionary in their treatment of the traditional piano duet, they push the boundaries of the instrument using it to illuminate music of every style - classical, popular and contemporary.
Combining musical thrills with a deep love of laughter, these two internationally acclaimed concert pianists have played with the world’s leading symphony orchestras, achieved a million hits on YouTube and entertained audiences all over the globe with their barnstorming blend of sparky comedy and utterly sensational piano-playing.