Applications for SYTYF? 2015 now OPEN!

Applications to participate in So You Think You’re Funny? 2015 are now open!

If you’re new to stand-up comedy, haven’t been performing regularly before June 2014 and think you’ve got what it takes to join the cream of the comedy crop then this is the competition for you!

So You Think You’re Funny? is the leading amateur comedy competition in the UK and has seen the likes of Peter Kay, Lee Mack, Sarah Millican, Johnny Vegas, Dylan Moran and Jack Whitehall as winners or finalists in previous years.



Gilded Balloon Comedy At Drygate 2015

In the same way that the brewers at Drygate have worked tirelessly to perfect the recipes for their selection of craft beers, we’re perfecting the recipe for the ultimate in Friday night entertainment!

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate Brewing Company returns in 2015 for a new and improved evening of comedy every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 8pm!

We’re setting the precedent for the rest of the year with an incredible debut show in January featuring Dylan Moran’s brand new work in progress! (more…)


Dylan Moran to Open GB Studio Saturdays

The Gilded Balloon and The Edinburgh Festival Theatre have teamed up for 2015 to bring you the hottest new comedy night in town!

We’re seeing in the New Year with a special introductory show on January 10th to give you a taster of what’s to come EVERY first Saturday of the month until August – that’s right Fringe fans, we’re on a mission to keep the festival alive all year round! And where better to host the event than Edinburgh’s own Festival Theatre? We’ll be commandeering The Studio (the Festival Theatre’s fantastic new venue space) to deliver some of the best acts on the UK comedy scene!


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Gilded Balloon at Drygate, Glasgow

The Gilded Balloon are very excited to announce our partnership with Drygate Brewing Co. in Glasgow. From Friday 29 August, the Gilded Balloon will be bringing comedy to Glasgow every Friday night!

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“It’s been twenty years since Gilded Balloon had a regular venue to present comedy in Glasgow and we’re really excited to be joining up with Drygate and The Vintage.”

“Drygate is the ideal environment where audiences will be able to experience first class comedy, food and craft beer all under one roof. We’re looking forward to a long association with Drygate and bringing regular comedy back to the west coast.” - Karen Koren.


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A Word from the Artistic Director

It’s over for another year, and there will be a lot of tired and weary performers travelling home today after successes or failures. There is nothing like the feeling of nearly 4 weeks of flyering, trying to get audiences and the highs and the lows that come with the territory.


Aidan Strangeman Wins So You Think You’re Funny? 2014

Irish funny man Aidan Strangeman, beat off stiff competition from eight of Britain and Ireland’s strongest up and coming comic talents to be crowned the winner of Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s leading stand-up comedy competition So You Think You’re Funny? 2014