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Catch the hottest comedy shows at Gilded Balloon's Fringe preview season
- Deborah Chu
- 18 March 2019
See Rosie Jones, Fern Brady, Jay Lafferty and Liam Withnail run through new jokes outside the madness of August
Want to enjoy some top-tier comedy, but the ol' bank balance is dangerously low? Still flinching at the memory of Fringe hoards? Got a million weddings to attend over August? Fear not, for the good folks over at Gilded Balloon have got you covered. Their exciting Fringe preview season features some of the UK's best comedians, who will be test driving bits of their Fringe 2019 show ahead of the festival at the Gilded Balloon Basement. Best of all, every evening costs only £5 a pop if you book in advance, regardless of how many funny people are on the bill. Or you can chance free entry on the night then pay what you want after the show. To whet the appetite further, here's a run-down of some of our favourites.
This Bristolian was something truly divine in her 2018 Fringe outing, and Jayde Adams is now back in her Serious Black Jumper™ to discuss what it takes to be a 'successful independent woman person' in this day and age.
Sat 11 May
Daisy Earl and Dane Baptiste
Daisy Earl was crowned Scottish Comedian of the Year in 2015 and is back with more relatable, self-deprecating jokes. She performs a double-bill alongside Dane Baptiste, whose 2017 outing G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs) was a hilariously incisive look into the new idols of our modern society.
Thu 23 May
Rosie Jones & Rosco McClelland
Rosie Jones subverted our expectations with her wickedly funny set about ableism and cerebral palsy in Fifteen Minutes at last year's Fringe, and she's back to share the stage with 2016 Scottish Comedian of the Year Rosco McClelland.
Sun 16 Jun
Jay Lafferty & Stephen Bailey
We never wanted Jay Lafferty to stop talking in Weesht!, her chatty yet poignant Fringe outing last year, so we're thrilled to see her back with up-and-comer Stephen Bailey, who's touring his new show Our Kid.
Sun 23 Jun
Catherine Bohart & Maisie Adam
Catherine Bohart blew us away with her assured debut Immaculate and her deft handling of her experiences growing up as the bisexual daughter of a Catholic deacon. As if that weren't incentive enough to queue at the door, she's paired with Maisie Adam, who regaled us with a wonderful hour of punchline comedy in Vague last year.
Sun 30 Jun
Fern Brady & Larry Dean
We were big fans of Larry Dean's 2018 show Bampot, which came in the wake of his recent breakup, and we expect similarly big things from the great Fern Brady, whose new show Power and Chaos promises to 'tackle sexuality, feminism, power, Brexit, Britishness, Scottishness and nationality', all with her signature wit.
Tue 2 Jul
John Hastings & Ray Bradshaw
Canadian funnyman John Hastings discussed avian-slaughter, cultural differences and denial last year in Float Like a Butterfly, John Hastings Like a Bee, and he'll be previewing his new gags alongside Ray Bradshaw, who gave the world its first comedy show in simultaneous English and BSL by the performer in Deaf Comedy Fam.
Sun 7 Jul
Jojo Sutherland & Liam Withnail
We're excited to see what's next from the ever-affable Liam Withnail, who won us over with his musings on privilege last year in Homeboy. This double-bill with the charismatic Jojo Sutherland promises to be another side-splitting night.
Wed 10 Jul
Laura Lexx & Stephen Buchanan
Last year Laura Lexx contemplated her own mental health and the working conditions of Lush workers with hilarious results in Trying, and she'll be joined by Glaswegian and BBC New Comedy Award winner Stephen Buchanan on stage this evening.
Sun 14 Jul