A ‘SIDE-SPLITTING’ comedy show starring Billy Kirkwood is coming to Stewarton.

The Sidesplitters Comedy Club will take to the stage in Stewarton as part of an Ayrshire-wide tour.

The date is the brainchild of Stewarton-based graphic designer Jamie Haining who has built up a friendship with Irvine-born Billy and arranged for him and his show to come to the town.

After several years working to establish himself on the comedy scene throughout the UK, Billy Kirkwood made the decision to bring comedy back to his native Ayrshire. Having been involved in theatre work at the Harbour Arts Centre (HAC) in Irvine since the late 90s, he seized the opportunity to showcase his Sidesplitters Comedy Club project there when the newly refurbished HAC opened its doors in 2006.

It first began in 2006 and since then the comedy club has thrived, showcasing new talents and developing comedy careers – including Billy’s.

Now a professional comedian, Billy has been bringing established acts, veterans of the comedy circuit and ‘as seen on TV’ comedians to Sidesplitters, making it Ayrshire’s premier comedy event. And now it’s coming to Stewarton.

Co-organiser Jamie says for him it’s about bringing laughter to the regulars of his local pubs in Stewarton and Dunlop and he has already brought sellout shows featuring acts such as Stu Who? Gary Little, Bruce Fummey and Graeme Mackie.

Jamie said: “After the success of both the Sidesplitters Comedy Club, Irvine and the Stewarton and Dunlop shows, Billy phoned me at the start of the year to ask if I would be interested in helping out with Sidesplitters.

“I jumped at the chance. The decision was made at this point to turn the Sidesplitters Comedy Club into a brand in its own right to venues throughout Ayrshire.” Billy Kirkwood is also hosting a solo performance at the Magnum Leisure Centre, Irvine on November 20, for which tickets are selling fast and Sidesplitters will be back in Dunlop on 3rd October and Stewarton early 2016.

With a newly confirmed night planned with the RAD Hotel Group at the Carlton Hotel in Prestwick, Billy and Jamie are aiming high with great plans for 2016.

If you would like to find out more about these upcoming events or even plan one of your own, you can drop Billy or Jamie a line on facebook.com/SidesplittersScotland.