The first Fife-wide comedy festival kicks off on, appropriately, April Fool’s Day.
Split over three venues across Fife, fans of all things funny can enjoy shows from some of the biggest names in comedy.
The festival runs from April 1-13, and delivers a mix of comedy and musical theatre with the likes of Omid Djalili, Fred MacAulay and Jerry Sadowitz.
Stand up shows still continue to bring in large audiences across Fife, so it makes sense to have our very own festival.
“With comedy shows still a big thing on television, I thought, ‘why not do a comedy festival?’ said Evan Henderson, programme manager at the Adam Smith Theatre.
“Watching comedy on television is great, but its a very different experience in person so it is great to be able to give the people of Fife access to these great comedians without having to travel to larger venues in Edinburgh or Glasgow.”
Rich Hall at the Adam Smith in Kirkcaldy is already sold out - but there’s plenty more to see.
Added Evan: ‘‘We have plenty of laughs to go round whether you favour the outrageous antics and close up magic of Jerry Sadowitz or the musical mayhem created by Grant ‘That’s Fife’ Stott in a gala night of Scottish comedy at Carnegie Hall.
“For two weeks there’s something funny happening in Fife - and if you can’t have fun in Fife where can you have it?”
And having some of the biggest names in comedy at the festival is a treat for the audiences but it also gives a great boost to Fife’s tourism.
Linda Temple, Fife Council’s cultural partnerships and events strategy manager is excited to see some big names head to the Kingdom.
She said: “Fife Comedy Festival is the next big event to happen as part of our Year of Homecoming programme
“ We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Strategic Events Investment Programme to support the delivery of this first class feast of comedy and Fife Cultural Trust have done a great job in bringing such a hilarious line-up to Fife.”
Veteran comedian Rich Hall opens the festival with a stand up performance on April 1.
Also performing is the hugely popular Iranian comedian Omid Djalili, who will play his first ever show in Fife.
And for those not easily offended is Jerry Sadowitz who mixes comedy and magic to put on a show like no other.
The festival also contains some musical acts.
Music and comedy duo Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden join forces to give audiences probably the best comedy songs in the world ever, maybe?
Songs from The Pythons, Lonnie Donegan, Bernard Cribbins and many more will feature in a heady mix of laughter and music.
The festival also showcases new talent in the world of comedy.
In ‘First for Fife’ held at Carnegie Hall, includes Lucy Beaumont, who picked up the BBC New Comedy Award in 2011, Phil Wang who won the Comedy Central Live Funniest Student Award 2011 and Iain Stirling, a popular face on CBBC, will all take to the stage.
And Grant Stott plays homage to all things Fife and funny in a special show with Fred MacAulay, Vladimir McTavish and Scott Agnew who all help to add a Scottish edge to the festival. There will be something for everyone at the festival, but they all have one thing in common; to make you laugh to prove that Fife really is fun!
>>For more details go to www.onfife.com/comedy
Who to see and where in April
The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre
The Showstoppers Improvised Musical
Probably The Best Comedy Songs In The World, Maybe?
Worbey & Farrell
First for Fife
Confessions of Gordon Brown
That’s Fife with Grant Stott, Fred MacAulay, Scott Agnew and Vladimir McTavish
Hardeep Singh Kohl