Monday, 8 December 2014


How many bloggers does it take to announce a new monthly comedy night in Edinburgh?

On Saturday 10 January 2015 the multi-award winning Irish comedian, Dylan Moran, will headline the inaugural Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Studio at the Festival Theatre, a new monthly comedy club for Edinburgh.

Just one: cut and paste is easy.
Thirty years after first opening its doors to present the best Scottish, UK and international comedy talent to the people of Scotland, The Gilded Balloon announced today (5/12/14) that it is bringing a brand new monthly comedy club to The Studio at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, from Saturday 10 January 2015. 

Wait up: The Studio is a pretty posh joint. I like my comedy in a grubby underground bar, and reviewed by someone else.

The Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Studio at the Festival Theatre will be staged in the intimate and welcoming studio space once a month and kicks off with headline act Dylan Moran - “Jokes as sharp as barbed wire and a comedy brain quicker than a steel trap” (The Scotsman). 

The Scotsman's opinion - well, that's me sold. What with their policy of making people redundant quicker than a steel trap and their readership (insert something funny about barbed wire here).

Lucky Edinburgh comedy fans can expect both buzz and hilarity in equal measure as Dylan Moran test-drives the new material he has earmarked for his forthcoming 53-date UK tour, scheduled for theatres throughout the country from March to May 2015.

So it is a warm up gig? 

Joining Moran on the bill for the first night are the supremely funny and truly loveable Edinburgh based Geordie, Kai Humphries, and the 2013 Scottish Comedian of the Year, Larry Dean. The evening will be compered by one of the most trusted comperes and respected headliners on the Scottish circuit, Raymond Mearns.

Karen Koren, Artistic Director of The Gilded Balloon, said: “The Gilded Balloon is delighted to be staging a regular monthly comedy club in The Studio at The Festival Theatre. It is an exciting, intimate and flexible space, perfectly suited to stand up. We're looking forward to a long association with The Festival Theatre and bringing regular comedy to The Studio’s annual programme.”
Curated by Karen Koren, Artistic Director of The Gilded Balloon, this new monthly club features a line-up of popular Scottish, UK and international comedic talent including Aisling Bea, Paul Tonkinson, Justin Moorhouse and Jarred Christmas.

The three act shows will run from 20:00 – 22:00 (doors open 19:30) on the first Saturday of the month (from February 2015). The shows will be expertly hosted by some talented comperes including Katie Mulgrew, Ray Bradshaw, Raymond Mearns and Scott Agnew.
Duncan Hendry, Chief Executive at the Festival and King’s Theatres, said: “We’re looking forward to working with Karen and the Gilded Balloon on this exciting new venture. The Studio is a perfect venue for comedy gigs and we’re sure the public will love the opportunity to discover a new space for comedy in the city.”
Tickets (from £10.50) for Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Studio at The Festival Theatre are on sale from 10am on Friday 5 December through Festival Theatre Box Office - 0131 529 6000 |

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