“We set sail in the Comedy Balloon….”

The Comedy Balloon is Manchester’s official underground comedy club. It is also the oldest FREE comedy venue in this great city of ours and is dedicated to developing new comedy talent through the medium of open mic spots.

The friendly atmosphere of the Balloon encourages new acts to try their hand, or more experienced acts to work out new material. There are typically eight acts in a night, each doing ten minute spots, plus a fifteen minute headline spot, each introduced by a different weekly compere.

The Balloon is inflated every Wednesday evening at The Ape & Apple on John Dalton St in the centre of town (see Where Is It? for details of location). The show kicks off at 8:30pm or thereabouts (Comedy Balloon FM will start at 7:30pm and last an hour), to allow plenty of drinking time. Drinking before the show is positively encouraged.

Who is on at the Balloon next?

Listings of which comics will be playing the Balloon can be found on the What’s On page. Listings are updated as and when acts are booked.  As the lineups can change quite dramatically, it’s worth following us on Twitter or Facebook for the latest info.

How do I get a gig at the Comedy Balloon?

Click on “Want A Gig” and fill in the form!  Be warned – The Balloon is usually booked up quite far in advance. Bookings and admin type stuff tend to take place on a Monday nights – don’t worry if it takes a little while for us to get back to you!

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