The line-up for the second annual That’s Fife Comedy Festival has just been revealed, with big names including Ardal O’Hanlon and Chris Ramsey confirmed for 2016.
Organised by OnFife and the Gilded Balloon, the festival spans four towns – Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Glenrothes and St Andrews – and will also feature Ed Byrne, Nina Conti, Tom Stade and Fred MacAulay.
As well as comedy the festival, which takes place throughout April, will feature kids’ shows, photography exhibitions and some movies on the big screen.
MacAulay was joined by comedy magician Kevin McMahon to kick-start the countdown. Browsing the brochure, he said: “It’s a great festival – there’s people performing here I’d go and see.”
He picks out Zoe Lyons, one of the rising stars of the Scottish circuit who has now made the ’Live At The Apollo’ breakthrough:
“It’s really a great mix and festivals need that. Zoe is one of the strongest stand-ups on the circuit right now and starting to get the recognition she deserves. She was the ‘comedians’ comedian’ award winner.”
Here are 10 shows to look out for at That’s Fife Comedy Festival…
Forever remembered as Dougal in Father Ted, O’Hanlon is also a great stand-up comic, and for this show you get the bonus of a support slot from Ted co-star and renowned stand-up Michael Redmond. (Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, Saturday April 22)
Picture: Roslyn Gaunt
One of the very best comedians on the circuit – a star on ‘Mock The week’ and a huge hit with Fringe audiences in Edinburgh. (Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, April 27)
Eric & Ern
A homage to Britain’s best loved comedy double act, Morcambe and Wise – songs, dances, sketches and routines that remain timeless. Direct from the West End hit show. (Carnegie Hall & Rothes Halls, April 29 & 30)
One of the most engaging stand-ups, whose previous shows in Fife have been complete sell-outs. Star of BBC2’s Hebburn, Ramsay is on the top of his game with his show ‘All Growed Up.’ (Adam Smith Theatre, April 17)
That’s Fife Comedy Gala
The best of the festival all on one bill – Fred MacAulay, Grant Stott and Kevin McMahon plus host Scott Gibson deliver a night of top notch laughter. (Rothes Halls, April 9)
An Audience With Dorothy Paul
The much loved Scottish entertainer looks back at her remarkable career on stage and screen in an evening hosted by Dave Anderson. A great way to launch the festival. (Rothes Halls, April 1)
Will you join her on stage and become part of her outstansing ventriloquism show? Improv comedy at its very, very best. (Rothes Halls, Saturday, April 16)
Cooking meets comedy as Egg conjures up a three course meal – a comedy gourmet using little more than his wits and some props you don’t see in a standard kitchen. (Friday, April 15/Saturday 16, Byre Theatre/Carnegie Hall)
Tim Fitzhigham: The Gambler
A show inspired by the ten greatest bets ever placed in history, Fitzhigham attempts all manner on in unique endeavours on stage a show that is a one-off. (Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Thursday, April 21)
Fife Comedy Circuit
Fred MacAulay rates Al Porter as one of stand-up’ rising stars – he’s on this bill along with Stuart Mitchell, Andrea Hubert and Scott Gibson. A feast of funny folk. (Saturday, April 2, Carnegie Hall)
Full festival details and ticket info can be found at www.onfife.com/comedy