Media Release: Carl Donnelly – ‘a safe bet for guaranteed comedy entertainment’ in Glasgow

Carl Donnelly

CARL Donnelly’s effortless but pacy comic delivery, often with all the endearing immaturity of a toddler, is just like being in great company down the pub.

This is exactly what Glasgow comedy fans will get when Donnelly headlines Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Drygate Brewery on Friday 19 June 2015.

His vulnerable, low-status persona and mellow, laid-back character, a state that could be comedy suicide for some comics, gives Donnelly an appealing line in self-deprecation.

He portrays himself as the hapless idiot, stumbling through the feckless life of a comedian, yet landing on his feet through a fate of circumstance every time.

His personal tales and observational strands are invested with so much evocative description and told with such skill they draw out the humour, making his comedy pleasingly fresh.

Carl Donnelly will be joined on stage at Drygate by the easy going and confident Cheshire comic, Danny McLoughlin, and the Glaswegian comedian, Julia Sutherland; while Raymond Mearns will be keeping the comedians in check and the audience on their toes as the evening’s compere.

With a confident and easy going stage presence, innate comic timing and sharp wit Danny McLoughlin sifts through a range of personal anecdotes and off-the-cuff rants to expose the truth, the half-lies and the downright fabricated.

He is confident enough to take a risk on stage, delivering material with more than just an immediate pay-off line, preferring to take the joke one or two steps further, keeping his audience laughing along or hanging on his every word.

The Glaswegian comedian, Julia Sutherland, does darkly delicious comedy for grown-ups, always impressing on the live circuit; as well as being a radio presenter and producer.

If provocative, potty-mouthed girls with no discernable shame, is your thing, then she won’t disappoint! Julia is known for the brutally honest, deeply personal, and fearless ‘true life’ comedy. She offers up her transparent jellyfish heart, bares her flawed soul and finds the funnies in dark places.

The evening will be compered by one of the most trusted comperes and respected headliners on the Scottish circuit, Raymond Mearns. Larger than life and twice as much fun, Mearns is a quick with his brain as he is with his tongue.

This Glaswegian is always ready to dish out a bellyful of laughs to hungry audiences everywhere.

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Box Office details:

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate

Venue: Drygate Brewing Co, 85 Drygate, Glasgow G4 0UT

Dates: Friday 19 June 2015

Compere – Raymond Mearns, Danny McLoughlin, Julia Sutherland, headline act – Carl Donnelly

Time: 20:00 – 22:00 (doors open 19:30)

Tickets: £12.50 / £11.50 conc / £10 groups of six-plus

* Pre and post show dinner offer – 15 per cent off with valid ticket – must be booked in advance * Box Office: +44 (0)141 212 8815 / or

In person: Drygate Brewing Co, 85 Drygate, Glasgow G4 0UT

Lineups for Gilded Balloon Comedy Shows in July 2015

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate

03/07/15 – compere – Raymond Mearns, Susie McCabe, Bec Hill, headline – Mark Nelson

17/07/15 – compere – Scott Agnew, Chris Forbes, Jim Smith, headline – Gary Delaney

Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Studio at The Festival Theatre

04/07/15 – compere – Raymond Mearns, Susie McCabe, Bec Hill, headline – Mark Nelson

Notes to editors

Carl Donnelly – Carl started performing stand-up regularly in early 2005. His conversational, silly sense of humour has seen him scooping a whole host of awards, taking the 2006 Laughing Horse new act competition, the 2007 Chortle Award for best newcomer and the 2007 Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year.

In 2009, at the Edinburgh Fringe he was nominated for the ‘Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer‘.

Carl has also appeared on various TV shows including Mock The Week, Dave’s One Night Stand, Stand Up for the Week, Russell Howard’s Good News and Comedy Store.

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