Laugh out loud - Fife’s comedy festival launched

Ardal O'Hanlon
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Be prepared for your sides to split later this spring as April is set to be a month of laughter when the That’s Fife Comedy Festival returns.

After only two years the festival, which sees venues around the Kingdom transformed into comedy central, has firmly established itself in the comedy calendar enticing some comedy big guns to the Kingdom.

Tom Stade

Tom Stade

The festival is being launched today (Thursday) and organisers have secured a strong line up to entertain Fifers from April 1 to 30.

From the masters of stage, TV and radio to anarchic cookery and magic, mixed in with classic comedy film screenings, a homage to Eric Morcambe and Ernie Wise, a comedy competition for kids and photo exhibition, there is something to entertain every member of the family with this year’s festival.

Events will be staged at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Adam Smith Theatre, Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline and the Byre Theatre in St Andrews.

Among the names already revealed as taking part in the comedy festival are Fred MacAulay, who will be appearing in his new solo show, as well as being a host for the That’s Fife Comedy Gala; television favourite Ed Byrne; Ardal O’Hanlon; Chris Ramsay; Tom Stade and Zoe Lyons.

Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey

Fife’s own Kevin McMahon will be serving up sleight-of-hand, pickpocketing, misdirection and illusion in his hit show Quantum Magic at Carnegie Hall.

Evan Henderson, Fife Cultural Trust’s ‘That’s Fife’ Comedy Festival’s director, said: “It’s really exciting to launch this brilliant festival line up with Karen Koren from the Gilded Balloon at Rothes Halls - otherwise known as Comedy Central from this April!

“Karen has gathered a fabulous range of comedians; covering straight ahead stand-up of TV Star Ed Byrne through to the hilarious ventriloquism of Nina Conti.

“None of this could have been possible without the imaginative financial support of Go Glenrothes and Fife Council’s Strategic Events Investment Programme in securing unique events like this that bring laughter and fun to the Kingdom.”

Fred MacAulay.

Fred MacAulay.

Nina Conti

Nina Conti