New Year: New Edinburgh Comedy Club

Comedians Raymond Mearns (left) and Kai Humphries (right) join Karen Koren, Artistic Director of The Gilded Balloon

Pic: Comedians Raymond Mearns (left) and Kai Humphries (right) join Karen Koren, Artistic Director of The Gilded Balloon

On Saturday 10th 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.

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.

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).  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.

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 |www.edtheatres.com/festival

For further information on Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Studio at The Festival Theatre go to http://www.gildedballoon.co.uk/

For downloadable launch images CLICK HERE.

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    Editor, December 8, 2014 11:36 am - New Year: New Edinburgh Comedy Club

    Box Office Details:
    Show Title: Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Studio at the Festival Theatre
    Venue: The Studio at the Festival Theatre, 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL
    Dates: 10 January 2015; and the first Saturday of the month from 7 February 2015
    Time: 20:00 – 22:00
    Tickets: 10 January 2015 – £15 (£13 conc). From 7 February 2015 – £12.50 (£10.50 conc)
    Box Office: Festival Theatre – +44 (0)131 529 6000 | http://WWW.EDTHEATRES.COM/FESTIVAL
    In person at The Festival Theatre – 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT

    The Gilded Balloon
    Established in 1986 by Karen Koren, The Gilded Balloon is Scotland’s foremost comedy club and Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues, having featured comedians such as Eddie Izzard, Tim Minchin, Peter Kay, Jimmy Carr and Bill Bailey.

    The Studio at the Festival Theatre
    The Studio at The Festival Theatre is an exciting new multi-purpose cultural resource for Edinburgh. Located behind the theatre on Potterrow, The Studio is a flexible space which can accommodate a range of uses from rehearsals and workshops to small-scale performances and festivals.

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