Media Release: Circuit legend, Dan Nightingale, to entertain Scotland with killer punchlines


COMBINING fiendishly accurate observation with his natural playfulness, raucous banter with beautiful surrealness, and great gags with heartfelt ramblings, Preston-based comedian, Dan Nightingale, is set to headline Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate, Glasgow, on Friday 30 September 2016 and Gilded Baloon Comedy at The Studio of the Festival theatre, Edinburgh, on Saturday 01 October 2016.

The regular crowd-pleaser, whose musings have warmth and easy-going charm, will be joined on stage by Glaswegian comic, Larry Dean, who’s a cut above your average ‘mainstream’ comedian, and Pat Cahill, the highly-inventive rising star of the comedy circuit, who highlights the absurdity in life with a combination of stories, songs with ridiculously funny lyrics and intriguing ‘facts’.

Nightingale, one of stand-ups brightest stars, is an affable, short, bespectacled, shiny-headed – and, by his own admission, ‘a bit of a tubby’ – comedian who delivers raucous and witty gags with energetic characterisations and killer punch lines.

His comedy is original, playful, intelligent and exciting; sometimes ridiculous and totally unpredictable… but always as funny as hell.

His infectious material which has been known to tackle swearing, Yorkshire, types of laughs, non-drivers, relationships, post-30 problems and the ‘shark-infested waters’ of online dating, together with his high-energy audience work and natural playfulness engages any crowd.

As well as developing his reputation as a top-class circuit headliner and in-demand MC and host, he has also done regular TV warm-up for the likes of Jonathan Ross, John Bishop and Celebrity Juice. His comedy podcast, Dan Nightingale’s In The House, is available on iTunes.

Exciting and imaginative” - Edinburgh Evening News

Glasgow-born Larry Dean is an expert storyteller, weaving fascinating tales to brilliant comic effect.

Friendly with an unique style, Larry also has a cheeky, boyish persona which lets him get away with some fairly lurid lines; plus he’s a pretty handy Elvis impersonator.

Larry has been making waves, winning multiple awards and landing gigs, supporting Stephen K Amos and Eddie Izzard.

His bold and unapologetic style of comedy has been a fixture for several years and won him the title of Scottish Comedian of the Year 2013, aged just 23.

His debut Edinburgh Fringe show, Out Now!, was nominated for the prestigious Best Newcomer Award, delighting audiences with stories of coming out, stereotypes and ‘pride’ and prejudice (not the book). He went on to win the Amused Moose Comedy Award 2016 for this year’s Edinburgh show, Farcissist.

The audience lap up his cheeky-chappie shtick… here’s to a generation of new Billy Connollys” – The Guardian

Pat Cahill is a comedian and musical talent whose unpretentiously surreal and absurd outlook has seen him win numerous awards and secured him firmly in the one-to-watch category.

Cahill won Best Newcomer at the Chortle Comedy Awards in 2012. He followed this with two shows for BBC Radio: Doggy Dilemma and Chick ‘n’ Mix and Still Reeling (a Channel 4 Blap).

Television credits include Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular, One Night Stand (Dave) and Chris Moyle’s Comedy Empire, the latter culminating in the infamous Bun Dance with Radio 1’s Greg James. Pat has also supported both Ardal O’Hanlon and Nina Conti on their UK tours.

Cahill specialises in dry, absurd philosophical theories and silly songs, where props are used to great effect and all done with an idea that the world is ridiculous. The sheer joy and silliness in his material is irresistibly funny.

“Pat Cahill has true star quality and bags of originality, mixing physical humour, gimmicks, wordplay and comedy songs” – Evening Standard


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Comedy line-up:

Larry Dean, Pat Chahill and headliner: Dan Nightingale

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate

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

Date: Friday 09 September 2016

Friday 30 September 2016

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

Tickets: £12.50 / £11.50 conc / £10 groups of six+

* Pre 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

Dates: Saturday 01 October 2016

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

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

Future line-ups – November and December 2016:

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate Comedy – Friday 04 November 2016

Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Studio at the Festival Theatre – Saturday 05 November 2016

Compere: Raymond Mearns, with Felicity Ward, Jim Smith and headliner: Jonny Awsum

Gilded Balloon Comedy at Drygate Comedy – Friday 02 December 2016

Gilded Balloon Comedy at The Studio at the Festival Theatre – Saturday 03 December 2016

Compere: Ray Bradshaw, with Jojo Sutherland, Jamie Dagliesh and headliner: George Egg

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