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What to see at Gilded Balloon's Basement this spring

What to see at Gilded Balloon's Basement this spring

Desiree Burch / credit: Tean Roberts

New jokes, classic tunes and the ghost of Rabbie Burns make their rounds this season

As we emerge from our wintry hibernation and welcome the first blessed rays of sun back into our lives, why not head back underground into the darkness of the Gilded Balloon's Basement? Their spring programme boasts plenty of exciting new theatre, incredible live shows and lots of funny folks, so head on down.

The Comedy Show
Comedy classics and Fringe favourites make their away to the stage every weekend, with headliners this season including Abigoliah Schamaun, Mark Nelson, The Kagools, Keir McAllister, Luke McQueen, Myra Dubois, Vikki Stone, Gary Little, Alfie Brown, Maisie Adam & Desiree Birch.
Fridays and Saturdays 11 Jan–20 July, 8pm.

Sonnet Youth
A spoken word house party curated and hosted by Kevin P. Gilday and Cat Hepburn, which brings together poets, writers, rappers, comedians and musicians for an explosively creative literary rave.
Thu 17 Jan, Thu 21 Feb, Thu 21 Mar, Thu 18 Apr, 8pm.

Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam Tour
The first comedy show to be performed simultaneously in spoken English and British Sign Language, Ray Bradshaw shares funny and insightful anecdotes about growing up with two deaf parents.
Sun 20 Jan, 7.30pm.

What to see at Gilded Balloon's Basement this spring

Ray Bradshaw
The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns
When author Ariel Winters' heart gets broken by a philandering boyfriend, she retreats to her aunt's old Ayrshire cottage to get away from it all, only to be visited by another famous lothario: the famous poet Robert Burns.
Mon 22 Jan, 7.30pm.

The Burns Night Comedy Show
A special Rabbie-themed edition of their weekly comedy show, featuring Scottish comics Susan Riddell, Grant Buse, the Kagools and hosted by Billy Kirkwood. Part of the inaugural Burns&Beyond festival.
Fri 25–Sat 26 Jan, 8pm.

Besoms: Comedy & Cabaret
A monthly comedy evening featuring comics from communities typically underrepresented in the industry. For any men's rights activists out there in the crowd, don't worry: we've been assured there'll be at least one token straight white boy in the line-up. Hosted by Jay Lafferty.
Thu 31 Jan, Thu 28 Feb, Thu 28 Mar, Thu 25 Apr, 8pm.

Fern Brady: Work in Progress
She's explored gender politics and her own Catholic upbringing in her previous comedy hours, and now Fern Brady takes a few new gags out on a test drive before heading off on her Australian tour.
Sun 3 Feb, 7.30pm.

What to see at Gilded Balloon's Basement this spring

Fern Brady / credit: James Robertson
Tom Neenan: It's Always Infinity
When Tom Neenan's girlfriend goes missing, naturally the opportunity is ripe to make it all about himself. An inventive hour of character comedy that takes aim at the narcissism and empty posturing of 'male feminists'.
Wed 20 Mar, 7.30pm.

The Bench
Described as 'Waiting for Godot meets Still Game', Kier McAllister's new comedy follows two very different people who come into conflict over a bench, and explores the meaning of safe spaces. Directed by Jojo Sutherland.
Sun 7 Apr, 7.30pm.

Jamie MacDonald: Designated Driver
Hilarious storytelling from the blind Glaswegian comic, who does a deep dive into a conspiracy around embarrassing products for the hard of seeing.
Sun 14 Apr, 7.30pm

Jesus L'Oreal: Nailed It
The 'King of shoes' – also known as Chris Wilson – returns with another riveting song-and-dance spectacular about Jehovah's Witnesses. Expect plenty of evangelical punning.
Sun 21 Apr, 7.30pm.

What to see at Gilded Balloon's Basement this spring

Jesus L'Oreal
Rootsbase
A new weekly live music club featuring the very best in folk, trad and roots talent. This season's star-studded line-up includes BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year Rachel Newton, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Hannah Rarity, trad jazz musician Fergus McCreadie and acoustic indie-folk duo The Jellyman's Daughter.
Every Tue night from 5 Feb, 7.30pm.

Sixties on a Sunday
Feeling nostalgic? Sing and dance along to some of the great classics of the Swingin' Sixties performed by Fayne and the Cruisers. Expect plenty of tunes from the Big O, the Beach Boys, Billy Fury, motown and skiffle.
Last Sun of every month, 2pm.

Win tickets to Fringe Preview Season at Gilded Balloon

Win a pair of tickets to a preview Fringe show of your choice at Gilded Balloon's Basement in Edinburgh

The Bench

A play about safe spaces and two people's conflict over the purpose of a bench. Written by K R McAllister and directed by Jojo Sutherland.

Burgh Hall, Peebles

Fri 21 Jun

£12 / 01721 720138

Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh

Sun 7 Apr

£11 / 0131 622 6552

The Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath

Fri 24 May

£10 / 01241 435800

Besoms: Comedy and Cabaret

A monthly evening of comedy featuring under-represented groups, hosted by Jay Lafferty.

Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Feb

£6.60 / 0131 622 6552

Part of Glen's Guide.

Thu 28 Mar

£6.60 / 0131 622 6552

Part of Glen's Guide.

Thu 25 Apr

£6.60 / 0131 622 6552

Part of Glen's Guide.

Thu 27 Jun

£6.60 / 0131 622 6552

Part of Glen's Guide.

The Comedy Show

A night of top comedy every weekend from Fringe favourites.

Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Feb

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Sat 23 Feb

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Fri 1 Mar

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

…and 8 more dates until 30 Mar

Jamie MacDonald: Designated Driver

Jokes from 'that funny blind guy' about humiliating products for the blind and his jealousy of a mouse with 20/20 vision.

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Fri 24 May

£13.20 (£11) / 01475 723723

The Beacon Studio

£12 (Children £10; Seniors £10; Students £10) / 01475 723723

Behind The Wall, Falkirk

Fri 19 Apr

£13.20 (£11) / 01324 633338

Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Sat 25 May

£13.20 (£11) / 01334 475000

Also at:

Jesus L'Oreal: Nailed It

The newest show by Jesus L'Oreal.

Gardyne Theatre, Dundee

Sat 1 Jun

£11 (£9.90) / 01382 434940

Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Apr

£11 (£8.80) / 0131 622 6552

The Village Centre, East Kilbride

Fri 5 Jul

£13.20 (£11) / 01355 249672

Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam

Comedy act by Ray Bradshaw about growing up with deaf parents.

The View, Oban

Fri 3 May

£12 (£10; Students £10) / 01631 569599

  • 20:00 – 21:30

Rootsbase

Weekly live music club featuring the very best in folk, trad and roots talent.

Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Feb

£11 / 0131 622 6552

Featuring Hannah Rarity.

  • 19:30

Tue 26 Feb

£11 / 0131 622 6552

Featuring Inyal.

  • 19:30

Tue 5 Mar

£11 / 0131 622 6552

Featuring Rachel Hair and Ron Jappy.

  • 19:30
…and 12 more dates until 25 Jun

Sixties on a Sunday

Drink, dance and sing along to the music of the sixties. Featuring the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, The Drifters, The Beach Boys and others.

Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Feb

£8.25 / 0131 622 6552

Gilded Balloon Basement

£6–£7.50 / 0131 622 6552

Fayne and the Cruisers

Sun 31 Mar

£8.25 / 0131 622 6552

Gilded Balloon Basement

£6–£7.50 / 0131 622 6552

Fayne and the Cruisers

Sun 28 Apr

£8.25 / 0131 622 6552

…and 2 more dates until 23 Jun

Sonnet Youth

Monthly spoken word night on the third Wednesday of the month, with local talent, guest comedians and big name headliners.

Drygate Brewing Co., Glasgow

Wed 20 Mar

£5/£3 / 0141 212 8815

Part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Feb

£5.50 / 0131 622 6552

Presented by Gilded Balloon at the Basement.

Thu 21 Mar

£5.50 / 0131 622 6552

Presented by Gilded Balloon at the Basement.

Thu 18 Apr

£5.50 / 0131 622 6552

Presented by Gilded Balloon at the Basement.

…and 2 more dates until 20 Jun

Tom Neenan: It's Always Infinity

A character comedy about life, loss, pain and toxic masculinity.

Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh

Wed 20 Mar

£11 (£8.80) / 0131 622 6552

The Old Hairdresser's, Glasgow

Fri 22 Mar

£13.20 (£11) / 0141 222 2254

The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Wed 10 Apr

£12–£14 / 01225 463362

Also at:

The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns

Hilarious comedy about a heartbroken author who is visited by the ghost of Rabbie Burns, who offers up some dating advice.

Fern Brady: Work in Progress

New material from the Scottish comedian.

The Burns Night Comedy Show

Comedy evening hosted by Billy Kirkwood, with sets from Susan Riddell, Grant Busé and the Kagools.

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