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.
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.
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.
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.