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So You Think You’re Funny? 2021 Results

Omar Badawy is the Winner of this So You Think You’re Funny? competition, Gilded Balloon’s celebrated search for the next generation of cutting edge comedians, which this year celebrates its 33rd year.

Following an exciting series of heats and semi-finals, Badawy has been crowned the winner of this year’s competition with Rae Brogan as first runner-up and Andy Watts as second runner-up. 

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More Edinburgh Shows Announced For Gilded Balloon

A further great selection of shows at the Gilded Balloon this August have gone on sale. They include a mix of established and breakthrough, stand up and sketch from comedians including Glenn Wool, Esther Manito, Just These Please, Mamoun Elagab & Finlay Christie, Rob Rouse, Rich Wilson, Your Dad’s Mum, a mixed bill of Ryan Cullen, Kai Humphries & Gareth Waugh, Jen Ives, Mark Simmons and Scotland’s very own Curse of the Fannys.

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Review: The Greatest Ever Late 'n' Live, The Gilded Balloon, YouTube

Late ’n’ Live really is an essential part of the Edinburgh Fringe furniture. If you haven’t experienced a raucous night of post-midnight anarchic comedy at the Gilded Balloon you haven’t really experienced the Fringe. In the absence of a real Fringe this year the Gilded Balloon has put together compilations of some of the best acts who have played there. 

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Edinburgh Fringe Review: Fringe Search Party

It’s been hard to find the spirit of the Edinburgh Fringe this year but I had a damn good go. Earlier this week after restrictions had lifted I went to see an open air stand-up show from Nathan Cassidy at the Three Sisters in Cowgate. It was a pretty good gig and as it stands Cassidy will no doubt be sticking the line “Best Edinburgh Fringe Show 2020” all over his posters. Which will be correct if no other comics turn up to do stand-up in the remaining days.

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News: Gilded Balloon Presents Classic Late n Live Online

Late’n’Live at the Gilded Balloon is an Edinburgh Firnge legend. You are not a comedian if you haven't faced a Late’n’Live audience and you are not a comedy fan if you haven't been to one of their late night shows where anything can happen. Did you witness John Bishop crowd surfing? Were you there the night David O'Doherty gave away his bike? Maybe you saw a life-changing striptease?

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News: Gilded Balloon Launches Online Fringe And Crowdfunder

Edinburgh Fringe venue the Gilded Balloon has launched its online programme and has also set up a crowdfunder campaign to help those whose work and lives have been hit by the Covid crisis that has caused the annual Fringe Festival to be cancelled this year.

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News: Gilded Balloon Announces Online Fringe Line-Up

The Gilded Balloon's Karen and Katy Koren have ventured into their archive and have decided to introduce the world to some of its treasures. Along with all the wonderful reminders of Fringes past, there will be new work from some of the performers who were due to be appearing at the venue this year, chat shows from your favourite Fringe hosts and even the premiere of Search Party, a brand new cutting-edge treasure hunt around Edinburgh city centre.

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News: More Sofa Set List Gigs From Gilded Balloon

Edinburgh's legendary Gilded Balloon club is running more online comedy shows on Friday nights to bring a flavour of the Fringe into viewers' homes.

Each week the club features big names, newcomers and those in between from the worlds of comedy, music, cabaret, spoken word and more. The shows are a suprise package. You don’t know what kind of artist you’ll see next.

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News: Gilded Balloon Adds Another 150 Edinburgh Fringe Shows

Gilded Balloon has announced another 150 for this year's Edinburgh Fringe. Housed across five major venue hubs, including the brand new Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose and Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market, this is Gilded Balloon’s biggest programme in its history – with 90 more shows still to be unveiled in May.

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News: Gilded Balloon Takes Over Main C Venues For Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Edinburgh Fringe institution The Gilded Balloon is to take over the main C Venues location in Chambers Street this summer.

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