We’re Back (ish)! Our Fringe Programme 2020 is here!

Grab a bev, take a seat in your lounge, loft or loo and transport yourself to a virtual Fringe venue this August with exciting new shows, iconic Fringe performances from the past and an immersive Festival-themed treasure hunt across the City of Edinburgh.

Full details on the programme of shows are below!


Greatest Ever Late’n’Live: We’ve compiled some of the most iconic performances from the biggest names to ever grace the Late’n’Live stage for the best line up that never was! Side-splitting sets from comedy legends such as Dara O’Briain, Jimmy Carr, Dane Baptiste, Adam Hills and more. In true Late’n’Live fashion, anything goes… Bad language and outrageous behaviour guaranteed.

Live on our YouTube channel at 9pm on Saturday 8th, 15th & 22nd August. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here to tune in when they are released. Episode One is still live on our YouTube channel for you to enjoy all month! Make sure to watch it before 31 August before it’s taken down.

Best Bits of So You Think You’re Funny?: You saw them there first! Best Bits of SYTYF? will feature highlights from our comedy newcomer competition that birthed some of the all-time greats! We’re excited to announce some of the confirmed acts taking part include Hannah Gadsby, Aisling Bea, Sarah Millican, Sean Walsh, Maisie Adam alongside many more from the stage where it all began.

Live on our YouTube channel at 8pm on Thursday 13th & 27th August. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to tune in when they are released.

The Coronalogues: Written and recorded during Lockdown, the Coronalogues is an audio series written by Keir McAllister featuring 5 stories from one street in Edinburgh. The all Scottish cast includes JoJo Sutherland, Paul Sneddon, Megan Shandley, Cal MacAninch, Rosco McClelland and Shauna MacDonald with Original Music composed and performed by Dave Be Mac. Have a listen and if you have enjoyed these recordings, we ask you to please consider making a donation. All donations will be distributed evenly between contributors with a donation being made to Gilded Balloon to help ensure creativity continues after Covid19.

Episodes are live now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or on our website here

Gilded Balloon Offstage: A new platform that will be packed with some of the incredible comedy and theatre shows we’ve had at GB over the past 35 years! For the first time ever, we’re giving exclusive online access to some hand-picked favourites including sell-out smash hits Double Feature with Andy Gray and Grant Stott, Lewis MacLeod and Ronni Ancona’s Just Checking In and Gilded Balloon’s 30th Anniversary extravaganza, recorded at the Playhouse Theatre in Edinburgh and featuring some of the biggest names in comedy. Gilded Balloon Offstage will also be updated regularly with new shows in the future so people who are unable to watch our live shows can see some of our highlights online instead.

Live at https://offstage.gildedballoon.co.uk/ from Mon 17th August. Subscribe or donate here to get access for a year.


Fringe Search Party: We’ve teamed up with our pals Padlox Escape Rooms to bring you a brand-new interactive experience like no other! Play alone or grab some pals for a socially distanced treasure hunt featuring a Fringe themed trail of puzzles, games and clues to solve around the City of Edinburgh, visiting some iconic Fringe landmarks along the way. We’ve enlisted a few famous Fringe faces to help you out, too. Creative caps and smarty pants on – let’s go! Can you rescue the Spirit of the Fringe?

Tickets cost £10 for a team of up to 4 people. Play any time throughout the month of August. https://searchparty.gildedballoon.co.uk.

Fringe 2021 Highlights: We’re so excited to welcome artists back to the Gilded Balloon in 2021 so to celebrate all the wonderful artists we work with, we’ve asked artist’s we’ve worked with over the years to send in clips that our audiences can enjoy throughout the month. Artists involved include Jarlath Regan, the Kinsey Sicks and Henry Naylor with more still to be confirmed!

Free to watch on our YouTube channel from Tuesday 18th August.

Fred MacAulay in Conversation: Zoomed out? We’ve got just the treat to zoom you right back in. Join Fred on Zoom (surprise!), for a weekly show with guests such as Jo Brand, Greg Hemphill, Julie Nimmo Wilson, Shappi Khorsandi and other old friends.

16th 23rd & 30th August at 5pm on Zoom. Tickets from £2, available here

So You Think You’re Funny? Locked Down: Although this year’s So You Think You’re Funny? competition has had to be postponed, Gilded Balloon will continue to support the newcomers to the Comedy industry who are unable to gig and hone their craft at this time. Our aim is to provide this year’s applicants the possibility to be mentored by industry experts.  Whilst this won’t replace the huge learning experience of performing in front of a live audience, it is hoped that it will still offer these new performers a valuable opportunity to perfect their material and performance style.

Clips will be sent to industry throughout August with feedback sent back to applicants by the end of September. These clips will be private and only seen by our industry panel. 

Boss Wummin’ Drinks: With their podcast now in its 3rd series, join Karen, Katy and some amazing female guests on Instagram Live for a drink and a natter in their virtual Loft Bar. Previous guests include Elaine C Smith, Jayde Adams, Joyce McMillan, Rosie Jones and Jo Brand, with Jo’s episode to be released this August!

Live on Gilded Balloon’s Instagram Live every Wednesday from 8pm. Follow us here to watch

Gilded Balloon Fundraiser: The majority of the events and shows in our Fringe programme will be totally free to watch. However, audiences will still have an opportunity to donate money to us if they are able to here. Part of any money raised will be used by Gilded Balloon to support their programme of shows at Fringe 2020 and ensure they can continue to support artists at the Fringe in 2021. The rest of the money will be given to some of our key freelance workers who we sadly couldn’t be part of Team GB this year and our charity partner, Intercultural Youth Scotland.

You can donate to Support Gilded Balloon & all our pals here.

All of this content will only be available for August so make sure to tune in pals! We’re so excited to be able to share a wee programme with you this Fringe! The show must go on (although socially distanced, slightly smaller and more digital than usual)!

Karen Koren, Katy Koren and all of us at GB x