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Fri 7th Mar at 7:30pm
Gilded Comedy Gala
@ Usher Hall, Edinburgh
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Gilded Comedy Gala: Phill Jupitus, Doon Mackichan, Greg McHugh, Barry Cryer, Ronnie Holden, Withered Hand, Arthur Smith
Gilded Balloon presents a host of comedy stars for this very special Gala to celebrate 100 years of the Usher Hall.
Be prepared for belly laughs as veteran comedian and broadcaster Arthur Smith introduces Never Mind the Buzzcocks stalwart Phill Jupitus, Smack the Pony actress Doon MacKichan, Greg McHugh as Gary: Tank Commander and Grumpy Old Man Barry Cryer with his long-time collaborator Ronnie Golden.
Alongside all of these stellar names is music from Edinburgh's own Withered Hand. On top of this already unmissable line up there will be special guests and more surprises unveiled closer to the event. Don't miss this one night only spectacular!
This popular stand-up and TV comedian is well-known for his appearances on the pop music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. His career as a performer began in 1984 when he quit his job as a civil servant to follow a new direction as a performance poet on the alternative comedy circuit and supporting bands such as The Style Council and The Housemartins. During the late '80s he worked with Billy Bragg, directing videos for both Bragg and Kirsty MacColl. Phill has an abiding love and in-depth knowledge of popular music, particularly ska, bluebeat and rhythm & blues. His hugely successful standup tours have included Jedi, Steady, Go and Quadrophobia, and he has worked extensively on radio, variously as a contributor, panellist and presenter. He has also toured as part of The Blockheads line-up.
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One of the country's greatest comic writers, and unchallenged King of the One-Liner. Barry has appeared in TV and radio shows spanning the over four decades, and is star of Radio 4's top-rated comedy quiz show I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.
Barry has written for such notable greats as Frankie Howerd, Bruce Forsyth, The Two Ronnies, Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson and Morecambe and Wise in their heyday.
'He's like a very generous jukebox - you put a penny in and get 10 songs
back' (The Independent).
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Solo musician and artist Dan Wilson from Edinburgh, previously of Peanut and The Love Gestures. Scratchy, grassroots alt-pop, skewed folk and punk intention, accompanied by cello, drums, banjo and the like.
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Comedian, compere and playwright. This grumpy old man per excellence presents the BBC Radio 4 show 'Excess Baggage' and has written four plays including 'An Evening With Gary Lineker' and 'Live Bed Show'. His stand-up topics range from vigorous yodelling to mediaeval literature via death by drink. His delivery is relaxed and sardonic, but his shows are a surprising, dark and witty treat. He's also one of the many 'Grumpy Old Men' that appear on BBC 2's hit show.
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Venue: Usher Hall
Phone: 0131 228 1155
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