Media Release: Mark Nelson to push the comedy boundaries of taste in Glasgow and Edinburgh


MARK Nelson’s mix of dark humour, cutting observations and superb one-liners is on the menu for comedy fans in Glasgow and Edinburgh this weekend when he headlines Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate on Friday 3 July and Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Studio at The Festival Theatre on Saturday 4 July 2015.

Mark Nelson, a solidly consistent and excellent stand-up, will be joined on stage by Susie McCabe, Glasgow’s freshest female comedian, and Bec Hill – ‘international girl of naïveté’.

The two regular comedy nights will be hosted, this weekend, by Raymond Mearns, one of the most trusted comperes on the circuit.

Nelson, who originally hails from Dumfries, is not afraid of creating a stir. His likeable, quietly-spoken and laid-back style belies the stronger content that can push the boundaries of taste and has audiences laughing at things they know they really shouldn’t be laughing at.

Although his stand-up is certainly not for the easily-offended, the material is intelligent, well-conceived and cleverly-crafted, all supported by a very confident and perfectly-paced delivery.

Susie McCabe may be small, but she is hard to ignore. This is one little lady with a big mouth.

She is a gifted raconteur who never disappoints, so audiences should be prepared to laugh themselves silly.

Her tales of everyday life growing up in deepest, darkest Lanarkshire as a five-foot lesbian, a wasted youth – spent smoking fags, watching Glasgow football and being terrified by Crimewatch UK – can bring a tear to a glass eye.

Adelaide-born Australian comedian, Bec Hill, has been performing comedy on a full-time basis since 2013 and is one of Time Out’s five ‘funniest comedians on Twitter’.

With a refreshing blend of charm, whimsy and enthusiasm, her comedy and ‘paper-puppetry’ is highly individual and brimming with joy.

As well as stand-alone gags, the glorious low-tech animations she has created on her artists’ pads and flip charts take the elements of pop-up books to imaginative new levels.

Into her selection box of assorted talents, she can also add storytelling skills and an effective display of in-vogue physical comedy.

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 as 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.

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate brings together the very best craft beer, fearless food for the soul and strong intelligent comedy with a quality blend of up-and-coming comedians and the finest established comics in an intimate comedy club.

The Gilded Balloon at The Studio at the Festival Theatre is a new comedy club for Edinburgh.

It is staged in the exciting, intimate and flexible studio space, perfectly-suited to stand-up, and features a line-up of popular Scottish, UK and international comedy talent.

For further information on Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate and Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Studio at The Festival Theatre, go to:

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Mark Nelson

Renowned for his sublime gimmick-free material and an unparalleled capacity for creating comedy from all manner of places, Mark has impressed both industry and audiences alike with numerous sold-out solo Edinburgh Fringe shows, co-hosting the BBC’s satirical Commonwealth Games comedy show, DON’T DROP THE BATON, starring in his own BBC radio comedy series, MARK NELSON’S GUIDE TO MARRIAGE, and a DVD deal with the BBC’s 2Entertain label. His caustic tweets are absolutely hilarious and he’s definitely worth a follow: @marknelsoncomic.

Box Office details:

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate

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


Compere – Raymond Mearns, Susie McCabe, Bec Hill, headline – Mark Nelson

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

Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Studio at the Festival Theatre

Venue: The Studio at the Festival Theatre, 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL


compere – Raymond Mearns, Susie McCabe, Bec Hill, headline – Mark Nelson

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

Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 conc)

Box Office: Festival Theatre – +44 (0)131 529 6000 |

In person at The Festival Theatre – 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT

Lineups for Gilded Balloon Comedy Shows in June and July 2015

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate


compere – Scott Agnew, Chris Forbes, Jim Smith, headline – Gary Delaney

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