Karen Koren: Friday night comedy may reach Capital

Comedian Scott Agnew. Pic: Comp
Comedian Scott Agnew. Pic: Comp
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NO sooner has everyone left after the Festival than the sun appears. Edinburgh is returning to normal, whatever normal is. The taxi drivers are happy, because they have had a bumper busy August, though they prefer, I am reliably informed, the city during the rest of the year, when there are fewer tourists, would-be thespians and artsy people clogging up the streets.

The Fireworks brought the International Festival to a close with a stunning 16-minute sequence to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. My daughter, Katy had invited a bunch of staff and friends over to the house. We are in the lucky position of having a magnificent view of the Castle, Arthur’s Seat and the Capital’s beautiful skyline. We all sat on the balcony watching the display while listening to Forth One’s live coverage, which had a 10-second delay due to the wifi radio signal. That meant we were not quite in sync. However, it did not appear to matter as there were squeals of delight and appreciation from all.

Meanwhile, the Gilded Balloon has begun a weekly Friday night comedy at Drygate Craft Brewery in Glasgow, run by the owners of the Vintage bar/kitchen in Leith. The unique, purpose-built craft brewery, bar, kitchen and venue intends to curate, collaborate and cultivate talent and creativity from brewing, through art and design to performance.

Our first show went well and had Scott Agnew (pictured) compering, Paul Sneddon, Chris Forbes and the very talented Canadian John Hastings, who had a brilliant Festival this year with lots of great reviews.

So every Friday there will be two shows, one at 7.30pm and a second at 10pm, the idea being that customers have a full evening out with a meal and then a show, or a show then a meal. This Friday Hannah Gadsy will be headlining with Ray Bradshaw compering and Stuart Mitchell and Amy Howerska - all strong comedians.

I’m looking forward to the autumn season and hope that we can spread this to Edinburgh in the future.