Comics promise twice the laughs at Ayr Gaiety’s comedy night

THE audience is in for twice the laughs at the next Comedy Night at Ayr Gaiety.

Originally billed as a solo night starring Raymond Mearns, the April 16 gig will now also feature 2012 Scottish Comedian of the Year, Eddie Cassidy.

Gaiety artistic director Vince Hope said: “We’ve doubled the acts and doubled the laughs. Raymond Mearns and Eddie Cassidy are two of the hottest comedians on the UK circuit. Ayrshire comedy fans are in for a real treat.”

Raymond is in demand all over the country and successfully balances his stand-up career with work as an acclaimed character actor.

His film and TV roles include appearances in ‘Rab C Nesbitt’, ‘Limmy’s Show’ and the legendary Ken Loach’s ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ and ‘It’s a Free World’.

Eddie is a relative newcomer, starting out in 2009 but quickly making the final of Scottish Comedian of the Year in 2010, a title he won last year.

He has also performed all over Scotland, including the last two Rockness festivals where he will appear again this year. He has headlined gigs ranging from a comedy and hip-hop night to a parent and toddler afternoon, proving an ability to get laughs from a wide variety of audiences!

The gig on Tuesday, April 16, however, will be strictly adults only and the language might get a little strong, so be warned!

A massive fundraising campaign has been launched to complete the restoration of the theatre.

The 100-year-old seaside venue reopened in December last year after a £1.5million refurbishment and has since attracted sell-out audiences for a string of shows.

But £2million of vital restoration work is still required and the theatre now needs to raise £400,000 by the end of the year to trigger a £1.6million cash injection from Creative Scotland and other funders.

The fundraising kicks off on Friday with a family fun day at the theatre.

Executive Director Jeremy Wyatt said: “It took a tremendous community effort to realise the dream of reopening the Gaiety after four years lying dormant.We are now appealing to the people of Ayrshire to help us continue the restoration programme and secure the future of the theatre for generations ahead.”

“Creative Scotland has backed the Gaiety vision by earmarking almost £1.2million. Other funders have also promised a further £400,000, but release of the money is dependent on us matching the finance.”