Gein’s Family Giftshop’s Bargain Basement | Kosmonaut | Mon 4 Jan | 7.30pm | FREE
After a 2015 that saw them conquer Edinburgh again, appear (however briefly) in an episode of the excellent ‘Inside No. 9’ and get their own Christmas short on Sky Arts alongside the likes of Limmy and Spencer Jones, Gein’s Family Giftshop are still giving away the good stuff for free. Also making an appearance are Dave Williams, Danny McLoughlin and Amy Gledhill for a sure fire way to lift them January blues.

Gary Delaney | The Pub/Zoo | Tue 5 Jan | 7.30pm | £5/3
No rest for the wicked awesome either as XS Malarkey kick 2016 right in the teeth from the off with a preview show of jokecraft hero Gary Delaney’s new touring show. As if that wasn’t enough they also have a support appearance from Ciamh McDonnell, a headliner by any other name usually. You can always trust XS to have top line ups but this is an extra special way to begin the new year.

Alun Cochrane | The Lowry | Sat 9 & Sun 10 Jan | £13
Taking the no nonsense approach to show titles that has served the straight talking Yorkshireman so well, Alun Cochrane brings his Edinburgh show ‘A Show with a Man in It’ to The Lowry for a two night stint. With rave reviews from The Guardian and comedy website Chortle, Cochrane is often heard on BBC Radio 4, and often seen on shows such as Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Have I Got News For You, as solid a comedy CV as you’ll see this year.

Mon 4 Jan - Sun 10 Jan
John Stansfield
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Tue 5 Jan 2016