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. 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.
Listings of which comics will be playing the Balloon can be found on the main page & our Twitter 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.
Fancy bagging some tickets to our next gig? We want to make sure we open when it’s safe to do so due to Covid-19. We will keep everyone updated on the Twitter & Facebook pages. Keep your eyes peeled, as we’ll be back bigger than ever!