Media Release: Markus Birdman brings twisted cartoons and fairytale comedy to Glasgow


MARKUS Birdman – comedian, columnist, dad, daydreamer and doodler – is taking time out from his Edinburgh Fringe show, Grimm Realites, to headline Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate on Friday 21 August 2015.

Birdman will treat Glasgow to a taster of his whimsical journey through the struggles, joys and woes of family, fatherhood and the coming of age; all integrated with his own twisted cartoons and reworked fairytales.

He might even touch on lost loves, his rebellious upbringing in a religious household and broaching the subject of sex education with his kids.

Markus Birdman is an uniquely talented and versatile comedian; the all-round package.

He’s witty, controversial, hip, topical, infectious, likeable, laid-back and silly; as well as being a master of timing and physical comedy.

He will be joined on the Drygate Brewery stage by musical comic and mother of three, Ria Lina; and Limerick comedian and hand model, Karl Spain.

Billy Kirkwood, a Scottish comedian with a huge bag of comedy tricks at his disposal and who likes nothing more than interacting with his audiences, will be the compere for the evening.

Ria Lina trained as an actress, singer and dancer before deciding to try her hand at stand-up comedy; and winning the EMMA Award for Best Comedienne in 2003.

She is a musical comic who makes a big impact with her dry wit and bawdy songs. Not for the faint of humour, she will tackle modern taboos such as racism, sexism and discrimination in Glasgow.

Karl Spain’s fresh and inventive self-deprecating material includes stag night exploits, limbo dancing and tap dancing – together with audience feedback; a wide gambit of stories, jokes, gags and audience interaction.

Ayrshire comic, Billy Kirkwood, has an ever-expanding cult following, thanks to his unique, yet slightly surreal, style of storytelling, likeable on-stage presence, energetic on-stage performances and near non-existent attention span.

His material is delivered with a dynamic drive that leaves audiences sore with laughter and is the perfect compere – a born improviser who loves interacting with his audiences.

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.

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Box Office details:

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate

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

Dates: Friday 14 August 2015

Lineup: compere – Billy Kirkwood, Ria Lina, Karl Spain; headline act – Markus Birdman

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

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

For further information on Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate go to:

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Future August line-ups at Drygate:

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate

28/08/15 – compere – Scott Agnew, Micky Bartlett, Phil Wang; headline act – Dan Nightingale

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