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Must-see comedy at the Gilded Balloon this winter and spring

Must-see comedy at the Gilded Balloon this winter and spring

Grace Campbell / credit: Amelia Allen

Laugh away these grey days with the famed comedy house's spectacular roster of funny folk

Though the daylight hours are slowly, gradually returning to our grey, rain-sodden land, the comedy comperes over at Gilded Balloon are here to keep us laughing all year long, no matter how frightful the conditions are outside. With a fantastic line-up of comedy pros to take the stage over these next few months, and a 15% discount for all EH postcode residents, here's a selection of comedic delights to brighten up our days ahead.

The Comedy Show
Team GB's weekly comedy line-up features heavy-hitters from the comedy circuit every Friday and Saturday, with the likes of Rosie Jones, Jo Caulfield, Mark Nelson and Jayde Adams set to take the stage over the upcoming months, and the incomparable Elf Lyons to headline their Valentine's Day specials.
Fridays 31 Jan–26 Jun, 8pm & Saturdays 1 Feb–27 Jun, 8pm.

The Big Fat Comedy Quiz
Bring along your brainiest pals to this riotous quiz night, taking place on the first Thursday of every month. The evening's compere, Scott Gibson, hosts categories ranging from entertainment, music to general knowledge, with a few gags sprinkled in-between.
Thu 6 Feb, Thu 5 Mar, Thu 2 Apr, 8pm.

The Comedy Show: New Sh*t
Watch seasoned pros test drive new jokes and fresh material at this work-in-progress evening for the low, low price of £2.50 – the cheapest comedy ticket you'll get anywhere in town.
Thu 13 Feb, Thu 27 Feb, Thu 12 Mar, Thu 26 Mar, 8pm.

Must-see comedy at the Gilded Balloon this winter and spring

Rosie Jones

Scott Gibson & Pals Try New Jokes
Be the first to catch the freshest material on the circuit as Scottish comic Scott Gibson and a few of his funny friends play around with new ideas for an hour-and-a-half, with a different line-up every night.
Wed 12 Feb, Wed 4 Mar, 7.30pm.

Sonnet Youth
Listen to comedians, poets, authors, musicians and rappers leave it all on the floor at this monthly literary rave, curated by Kevin P Gilday and Cat Hepburn. The February line-up features such luminaries as the great Phill Jupitus, spoken word performer Hannah Lavery, Stuart McPherson and more. Entrance costs only a fiver, so what's stopping you from joining the party?
Wed 19 Feb, Wed 18 Mar, 8pm.

Fred MacAulay in Conversation
The acclaimed comic's monthly chat show sees him engage in a tête-à-tête with some of the biggest names in the world of sport, entertainment, business and politics. Guests this season will include the likes of Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin, best known for his Inspector Rebus series.
Sun 1 Mar, Sun 5 Apr, Sun 3 May, Sun 7 Jun, Sun 5 Jul, 5pm.

David Baddiel: Trolls: Not the Dolls
Olivier-nominated comedian David Baddiel discusses his journey into the twisted world of online trolling, and what knowledge he's gleaned about the world we live in today through his interactions with these darkest denizens of the Internet.
Fri 6 Mar, 7.30pm.

Must-see comedy at the Gilded Balloon this winter and spring

David Baddiel

Grace Campbell: Why I'm Never Going Into Politics
As the progeny of Alastair Campbell, Grace shares her unique insight into the world of politics and why she'll be giving it a wide berth in her debut hour. Expect hilarious anecdotes about her dad's ex-boss Tony Blair, growing up in the Westminster milieu, chilling with Putin's kids and why she thinks she might be the reason we're in this Brexit mess.
Sun 8 Mar, 7.30pm.

Short Attention Span Theatre
For those looking for the next big thing on stage, Short Attention Span Theatre lets you sample a variety of new writing in one night, featuring six short plays written by up-and-coming writers, each clocking in at around 15 to 20 minutes long.
Wed 11 Mar, Wed 6 May, Wed 8 Jul, 7.30pm.

Garrett Millerick: Smile
Find out why we garlanded Garrett Millerick's latest hour with four stars at last year's Fringe, which saw him return with a happier personal life, but his razor-sharp opinions on everything from Brexit and Gordon Ramsay to the climate crisis fully intact.
17 May, 7.30pm.

Bec Hill: Out of Order
The comedian from Oz returns to Edinburgh with a new hour of comedy anarchy, featuring pop-ups, post-its, and a genuine attempt to become your new best friend.
Sun 14 Jun, 6pm.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

David Baddiel: Trolls – Not the Dolls

One-man show from David Baddiel about his interactions with internet trolls.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Mon 20 Sep

£30.24 / 01727 844488

Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

Fri 17 Sep

£30.24 / 01803 328385

The Bloomsbury Theatre, London WC1H

Mon 11 Oct

£30.24 / 020 3108 1000

Tue 12 Oct

£30.24 / 020 3108 1000

Wed 13 Oct

£30.24 / 020 3108 1000

Fri 15 Oct

£30.24 / 020 3108 1000

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Sonnet Youth

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

Short Attention Span Theatre

An evening of short plays written and performed by emerging writers.

The Comedy Show

A night of top comedy every weekend from Fringe favourites.

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.

New Sh*t

Free show for new and old comedians to test out their new material.

Garrett Millerick: Smile

New comedy show from comedian and writer Garrett Millerick.

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!

Bec Hill: Out Of Order

An innovative and interactive stand-up comedy act by award-winning Australian comedian.

Grace Campbell: Why I'm Never Going Into Politics

Grace Campbell discusses the world of politics, being the daughter of Alastair Campbell and hanging out with Putin's kids.

The Comedy Show

The best line ups in Edinburgh every weekend, with the brightest stars in comedy performing their best material.

The Big Fat Comedy Quiz

A pub quiz… In a comedy club! Bring along your smartest pals for a pub quiz with a difference on the first Thursday of the month. Expect general knowledge, entertainment, picture and music rounds in between gags from your hilarious quizmaster and patter merchant Scott Gibson! Prizes for 1st place and runners up. Tickets…

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