Karen Koren: You’ll Bea laughing at this line-up

Aisling Bea. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
Aisling Bea. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
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IT is Gilded Balloon’s 30th year this year and my staff and I have lots of things planned for the year ahead.

We had our first show at the Festival Theatre Studio on Saturday night and it was a great night. It’s a really great room and it was full of very enthusiastic people all ready for a laugh. It featured Kai Humphries, a Geordie now living in Murrayfield, with his good mate Daniel Sloss. Both the boys started out in our So You Think You’re Funny? competition in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and have gone on to become really good solid comedians.

Unfortunately Larry Dean who was supposed to be performing, was ill with the winter flu bug, so the lovely Michael Redmond took his place and he was, as always, hilarious.

The compere was Raymond Mearns who held the evening together chatting to the audience, mainly the front row it has to be said, finding out what they did for a living and making comments accordingly. Its amazing how much comedy can come out of finding out what people do for a living.

The headliner was Dylan Moran, who was trying out material for his upcoming UK tour. His ramblings are absolute genius about how we manage life and death. I think of him as a kind of comedy philosopher, he certainly has an amazingly complex mind. The audience loved him and the night was a brilliant start to what promises to be a great season. Dylan’s tour which play thousand-seaters plus will be one of the must see stand up shows of 2015.

The shows at the Festival Theatre Studio will be on the first Saturday of every month. Coming up we have coming up, Jarred Christmas, Justin Moorhouse, Aisling Bea (pictured, who won best newcomer in the TV Comedy Awards), Paul Tonkinson and many of the best comics on the circuit in the UK. There will be lots of exciting new shows coming up for 2015 and I will enjoy programming some old friends, all coming back to celebrate our 30 years of entertainment in the Capital.