Gilded Balloon Basement

Gilded Balloon Basement
204 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AZ
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Gilded Balloon Basement

Gilded Balloon is proud to present a brand new home for comedy, cabaret and theatre in the heart of Edinburgh's west end.

From our weekly line-up night, The Comedy Show, every Friday and Saturday, to some of our hand picked Fringe Favourites every Thursday, there's a whole lot to sink your teeth into …

Please note: The Basement is only accessible via 12 stairs. For more access information, please visit our website.

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Events at this venue

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Belter Comedy

The best and brightest of the comedy scene, testing out brand new and more established material.

Thu 10 Oct

£6.60 / 0131 622 6552

Part of Glen's Guide.

Thu 7 Nov

£6.60 / 0131 622 6552

Part of Glen's Guide.

Thu 12 Dec

£6.60 / 0131 622 6552

Part of Glen's Guide.

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…

Thu 26 Sep

£7.70 (£6.60) / 0131 622 6552

Thu 24 Oct

£7.70 (£6.60) / 0131 622 6552

Thu 28 Nov

£7.70 (£6.60) / 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…

Wed 30 Oct

£12 / 0131 622 6552

Cally Beaton: Invisible (Edinburgh Preview)

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…

Wed 30 Oct

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

The Comedy Show Christmas Special

Chestnuts roasted ✔ Halls decked ✔ Stockings hung with care ✔ Then the only thing left to do this festive season is to get down to the Basement for side-splitting (split sides = more space for roasties) comedy from the likes of Jay Lafferty, Mark Nelson, Christopher Macarthur Boyd and more! Students get £5…

Fri 13 Dec

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Sat 14 Dec

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Thu 19 Dec

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

…and 2 more dates until 21 Dec

The Comedy Show

A night of top comedy every weekend from Fringe favourites.

Fri 20 Sep

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Sat 21 Sep

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Fri 27 Sep

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

…and 19 more dates until 7 Dec

The Comedy Show Halloween Special

Don’t feel like giving your sweeties to some kids who’ve just cut eye holes out of a sheet? Hate bobbing for apples? Can’t be bothered trying to papier maché a last minute costume? Well then we have the weekend for you! No tricks here, only a whole load of treats. This Halloween weekend we’ve got Liam Withnail…

Fri 1 Nov

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Sat 2 Nov

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

The Comedy Show Hogmanay Special

Whether you’re looking to laugh off that second helping of Christmas dinner or are looking for some jokes you can tell at the Hogmanay party, we’ve got you covered. Get out of the cold and into the Gilded Balloon Basement for 3 nights of comedy from Katie Mulgrew, Rosco McClelland, Susan Riddell and Scott Gibson, and see…

Fri 27 Dec

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Sat 28 Dec

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Sun 29 Dec

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

David Baddiel Trolls: Not the Dolls

Following his five-star Olivier-nominated hit My Family: Not The Sitcom *and the return to number 1 of his seminal football anthem *Three Lions, David Baddiel comes back to the stage with a brand new one-man show, Trolls: Not The Dolls. Trolls – the terrible people who spend all day insulting and abusing strangers for…

Fri 6 Mar 2020

£27 / 0131 622 6552

Elf Lyons: Love Songs to Guinea Pigs

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

Sun 13 Oct

£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.

Sun 13 Oct

£11 (£8.80) / 0131 622 6552

Sun 10 Nov

£11 (£8.80) / 0131 622 6552

Sun 8 Dec

£11 (£8.80) / 0131 622 6552

Harriet Dyer: The Dinosaur Show

Harriet (BBC3, BBC Live at The Fringe, BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Knock Knock, BBC Ouch, Absolute Radio) loves dinosaurs, you probably do too so come and dip your body in her very large catacomb of chaos. Whatever happens – dinosaurs and ditties are a guarantee. “Harriet Dyer was one of the stand out superstars for me of…

Wed 27 Nov

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

Jesus L’Oreal – Inn Stable Condition(er)

‘Halleberrylujah, give praise to the birthday boy as he’s making a festive back comb, er, come back! Your fitness and lifestyle guru Jesus L’Oréal descends once again in a cloud of Myrrh scented Febreeze with a special extended version of his service. Join him for a high-energy service of song, dance and Jehovah’s Fitness…

Sun 15 Dec

£13.20 (£11) / 0131 622 6552

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.

Thu 21 Nov

£5 / 0131 622 6552

Mum's the Word

Comedy gig designed for parents with babies hosted by comedian and mum, Katie Mulgrew. Feel free and relaxed to feed, change and nurse your baby as the acts perform their usual adult material.

Fri 4 Oct

£11 (£8.80) / 0131 622 6552

Fri 6 Dec

£11 (£8.80) / 0131 622 6552

Mum’s the Word

Mum’s the word is a comedy gig designed for parents* with babies hosted by comedian and Mum, Katie Mulgrew. Feel free and relaxed to feed, change and nurse your baby. The acts are used to rowdy stags and hens, a crying baby or a bare breast isn’t going to bother them! They will be performing their usual adult material…

Fri 4 Oct

£10 / 0131 622 6552

Fri 6 Dec

£10 / 0131 622 6552

New Sh*t

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

Thu 3 Oct

£2.75 / 0131 622 6552

Thu 17 Oct

£2.75 / 0131 622 6552

Thu 31 Oct

£2.75 / 0131 622 6552

…and 2 more dates until 5 Dec

RootsBase

Bringing you the very best in Trad music every month! With previous bands such as The Jellyman’s Daughter, Findlay Napier and Bruce Macgregor, this season promises to be another belter. Keep your eyes peeled for line-up announcements!

Tue 24 Sep

£12.10 (£9.90) / 0131 622 6552

Tue 29 Oct

£12.10 (£9.90) / 0131 622 6552

Tue 26 Nov

£12.10 (£9.90) / 0131 622 6552

Tue 17 Dec

£12.10 (£9.90) / 0131 622 6552

Rootsbase: Adam Holmes

This November, Rootsbase brings you the incomparable Adam Holmes!

Tue 26 Nov

£12.10 (£9.90) / 0131 622 6552

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…

Tue 29 Oct

£12.10 (£9.90) / 0131 622 6552

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…

Tue 17 Dec

£12.10 (£9.90) / 0131 622 6552

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!

Wed 16 Oct

£11 / 0131 622 6552

Shappi Khorsandi: Skittish Warrior … Confessions of a Club Comic

Shappi recounts her journey through the 90s comedy club scene with plenty of sharp-tongued gags.

Mon 4 Nov

£16.50 / 0131 622 6552

Short Attention Span

Short Attention Span Theatre is an evening of short plays written and performed by emerging writers specifically for that event. Each night features six new plays of around 15 to 20 minutes. Each play is written by early career playwrights or writers from other disciplines writing for the stage for the first time. The…

Wed 2 Oct

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Wed 6 Nov

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Wed 4 Dec

£6 / 0131 622 6552

Sixties on a Sunday

Drink, dance and sing along to the music of the sixties. Featuring the music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, The Drifters, The Beach Boys and others.

Sun 29 Sep

£8.25 / 0131 622 6552

Sun 27 Oct

£8.25 / 0131 622 6552

Sun 24 Nov

£8.25 / 0131 622 6552

Sun 29 Dec

£8.25 / 0131 622 6552

Sonnet Youth

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

Wed 20 Nov

£5.50 / 0131 622 6552

Wed 18 Dec

£5.50 / 0131 622 6552

Tommy Tiernan: Paddy Crazy Horse

Much-loved comedian Tommy Tiernan does his thang on tour.

Sat 2 Nov

£20 / 0131 622 6552

Reviews & features

Catch the hottest comedy shows at Gilded Balloon's Fringe preview season

18 Mar 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.

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