Gilded Balloon spring highlights

Gilded Balloon shows to watch out for this spring

Tom Stade

Iconic comedy institution lays on a strong programme

While much comedy attention is being currently directed towards the west thanks to the Flight of the Conchords and Glasgow International Comedy Festival, the Gilded Balloon continues to remind Edinburghers that there are plenty laughs to be had on their doorsteps.

Having taken permanent residency in the Rose Theatre, the Gilded Balloon programme-makers have gathered up a fine array of wits over the next couple of months. The rabblerousing talents of Tom Stade are put on display with I Swear (Fri 16 Feb).

More genial amusements are laid on by showman comedian Charlie Baker with The Hits (Fri 9 Mar) while Stephen Frost's Celebrity Murder Mystery Play (Wed 28 Feb; Wed 28 Mar) is assured to be a crowd-pleaser. Those more in the mood for quirkier delights should get along to People Pleaser by Eleanor Tiernan (Fri 23 Feb), The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries (Fri 16 Mar), Gráinne Maguire (Thu 8 Mar) and Mat Ewins whose Adventureman 7 (Thu 15 Mar) found a spot on last year's Edinburgh Comedy Award shortlist.

There are plenty local talents on show with Jay Lafferty's Besom (Thu 22 Feb) and Chris Forbes' Unquiet Mind (Thu 29 Mar) while Glasgow-based Irish icon Michael Redmond recalls his comedy breakthrough with I Wrote a Joke in 1987 (Thu 1 Mar) and Fife-born Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Richard Gadd (Thu 15 Mar) tries out some new material.

Rose Theatre, Edinburgh.

Alasdair Beckett-King: The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries

  • 3 stars

Debut solo show featuring curiosities and flimflam from Alasdair Beckett-King.

Soho Theatre, London W1D

Sat 28 Apr

Soho Downstairs

£11–£13 / 020 7478 0100

  • 19:30

Chris Forbes: Unquiet Mind

Comedy from the star of BBC's Scot Squad.

Rose Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 29 Mar

Basement Theatre

£10 (£9) / 0131 622 6552

The Stand, Glasgow

Fri 23 Mar

£11 (£9.90) / 0141 212 3389

Eleanor Tiernan: People Pleaser

Comedy from compulsive Irish over-thinker Eleanor Tiernan.

Blackfriars, Glasgow

Thu 22 Mar

£11 (£8.80) / 0141 552 5924

Jay Lafferty: Besom

Stand-up comedy from Jay Lafferty.

Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

Thu 19 Apr

£10.50 (£8.50; Students £5.50) / 01786 466666

Richard Gadd: Work-In-Progress

With strong language and dark themes, Gadd steers away from stand-up and towards theatre in this witty work-in-progress show.

Y Plas, Machynlleth

Sat 5 May

£7 / 01654 702571

  • 15:45

Stephen Frost's Murder Mystery Play

Join Stephen Frost and his ‘celebrity’ players as they act out a murder mystery. Best bring your magnifying glass as you the audience have to work out who the culprit is.

Rose Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 28 Mar

Basement Theatre

£10 (£8) / 0131 622 6552

  • 20:00

Wed 25 Apr

Basement Theatre

£10 (£8) / 0131 622 6552

  • 20:00

Wed 30 May

Basement Theatre

£10 (£8) / 0131 622 6552

  • 20:00

Wed 27 Jun

Basement Theatre

£10 (£8) / 0131 622 6552

  • 20:00

Tom Stade

Canadian comedian Tom Stade presents his show I Swear: comedy in which he pledges to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. So that's not going to happen, obviously.

Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

Wed 18 Apr

£17.50 / 01329 223100

  • 19:30

£18 / 01329 223100

  • 19:30

Astor Community Theatre, Deal

Thu 19 Apr

£19 / 01329 223100

  • 20:00

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Sat 2 Jun

£16 / 01329 223100

  • 20:00

Also at:

Gráinne Maguire: Gráinne with a Fada

Comedy from the Radio 4 regular.

Charlie Baker: The Hits

Genial amusement from the showman comedian.

Mat Ewins Presents Adventureman 7: The Return of Adventureman

Multimedia mayhem with lots of audience interaction loosely hung on an Indiana Jones-style adventure plot, including spoofs of video games and films.

Michael Redmond: I Wrote a Joke in 1987

  • 3 stars

Comedy from the Irish legend.

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