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What to see at Gilded Balloon's Basement this autumn and winter

What to see at Gilded Balloon's Basement this autumn and winter

Elf Lyons

The New Town venue hosts a panoply of fun shows over the next few months

A whole month now separates us from the embarrassment of riches that was this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. But comedy isn't just for August, and the Gilded Balloon have a terrific year-round programme to keep you laughing throughout the remaining 11 months, including special shows for Halloween, Christmas and Hogmanay. Best of all, locals (anyone with an EH postcode) can enjoy 15% off tickets for resident shows. Here's a sample of their upcoming shows to warm your cockles as the nights draw in.

The Comedy Show
Fill your weekend with laughter every Friday and Saturday. Featuring the likes of Scott Gibson, Jay Lafferty, Alfie Brown, Evelyn Mock, Elf Lyons and many more. Fridays 4 Oct–6 Dec, 8pm & Saturdays 5 Oct–7 Dec, 8pm.

Elf Lyons: Love Songs to Guinea Pigs
Surreal tale of love and loneliness from the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee. Sun 13 Oct, 8pm.

Fred MacAulay in Conversation
Comedy legend Fred MacAulay hosts a monthly chat show featuring guests from the worlds of sport, entertainment, business and politics. Sun 13 Oct, Sun 10 Nov & Sun 8 Dec, 5pm.

The Comedy Show: New Sh*t
You could spot tomorrow's stand-up star at this ultra-cheap night of new comedy. Also featuring some familiar faces trying out new material. Thu 3 Oct, Thu 17 Oct, Thu 31 Oct & 14 Nov, 8pm.

What to see at Gilded Balloon's Basement this autumn and winter

Shappi Khorsandi

Scott Gibson and Pals Try New Jokes
Join comedian Scott Gibson and friends as they try out new material. Wed 16 Oct, Wed 13 Nov & Wed 11 Dec, 8pm.

Besoms Comedy
A monthly evening of comedy featuring under-represented groups (plus 'at least one boy on the bill'). Thu 24 Oct, Thu 28 Nov & Thu 27 Dec, 8pm.

Rootsbase
Monthly showcase of the best in trad music. Upcoming guests include Adam Holmes, Assynt and Joy Dunlop. Tue 29 Oct, Tue 26 Nov & Tue 17 Dec, 8pm.

Cally Beaton: Invisible
Autobiographical comedy show by Cally Beaton, inspired by Yann Moix's remark that women over 50 years of age are invisible to him. Wed 30 Oct, 7.30pm.

What to see at Gilded Balloon's Basement this autumn and winter

Larry Dean

Tommy Tiernan: Paddy Crazy Horse
The much-loved comedian (and Derry Girls star) presents his brand new show. Sat 2 Nov, 6pm.

Shappi Khorsandi: Skittish Warrior
Shappi recounts her journey through the 90s comedy club scene with plenty of sharp-tongued gags. Mon 4 Nov, 7.30pm.

Larry Dean: Work in Progress
Work-in-progress show from last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee. Thu 21 Nov, 8pm.

Harriet Dyer: The Dinosaur Show
Dinosaur fanatic Harriet Dyer presents her hilarious Fringe-fresh show. Wed 27 Nov, 7.30pm.

The Comedy Show

A night of top comedy every weekend from Fringe favourites.

Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh

Fri 31 Jan

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Fred MacAulay In Conversation

Veteran comic celebrates three decades in the business, from his revelation on his 30th birthday that there must be more to life than crunching numbers as an accountant, to highlights and observations from his career in stand-up, television and radio.

Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh

Sun 1 Mar

£11 (£8.80) / 0131 622 6552

Sun 5 Apr

£11 (£8.80) / 0131 622 6552

Sun 3 May

£11 (£8.80) / 0131 622 6552

…and 2 more dates until 5 Jul

Harriet Dyer: The Dinosaur Show

  • 4 stars

Dinosaur-based shenanigans from the quirky comedian.

The Hug and Pint, Glasgow

Sun 15 Mar

£8.80 / 0141 331 1901

MAC (Midlands Arts Centre), Birmingham

Sat 8 Feb

Hexagon

£8.50–£12.50 / 0121 446 3232

Red Deer, Sheffield

Sun 26 Jan

£8 / 01142 722890

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Scott Gibson and Pals Try New Jokes

Join comedian Scott Gibson and pals as they road test new material, half baked ideas, and ramble on about a story or two. Line-ups to be announced soon!

Gilded Balloon Basement, Edinburgh

Wed 12 Feb

£10 / 0131 622 6552

Wed 4 Mar

£10 / 0131 622 6552

Cally Beaton: Invisible

Invisible is an unflinching, hilarious and unexpected insight into life at an age when the world ghosts you. Cally recalls the time she nearly disappeared in Iceland (the country, not the shop). From behind the lines of the mid-life resistance she gets her shellacked claws into survival, turning gender stereotypes on…

Larry Dean: Work in Progress

After a sell-out international tour and smash-hit Live at the Apollo debut, Larry Dean comes to the Basement to try out some new material. As seen on Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and Roast Battle. Nominee for Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show 2018 Winner of the Amused Moose Comedy Award for Best Show 2016.

Besoms Comedy

Ok, we get it – young, straight, white dudes are funny! No arguments here but there is soooo much more funny to see. Besoms is a shot across the bow from the underrepresented. A monthly night bringing you the best from across comedy’s glorious communities. What they have in common is they are funny as fuck! Hosted by…

Elf Lyons: Love Songs to Guinea Pigs

A surreal tale of love and loneliness from comedian Elf Lyons.

Rootsbase: Joy Dunlop

Crowned Traditional Singer of the Year from major Celtic festivals to touring the UK, Europe, Canada, Japan and New Zealand. Through her singing, she showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots. Nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year 2016, 2011 & 2010, she has also…

Rootsbase: Adam Holmes

This November, Rootsbase brings you the incomparable Adam Holmes!

RootsBase: Assynt

Bringing you the very best in Trad music every month! Assynt Up and Coming Artist of the Year 2018’, Scots Trad Music Awards, ‘Assynt’ draw upon influences from traditional Scottish fiddle and pipe music, in particular the Highland and Gaelic traditions. Described by Folk Radio as “refreshingly contemporary”, their…

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