What is standup Tragedy?

A regular podcast and live show where people get up on stage and do some tragedy: part cabaret, part variety show.

Stand Up Tragedy is a night where people stand up and tell tragedy. We make you sad; we make you think; we make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more, all playing up to the tragic form but not always taking it seriously. The night ends, not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long.

Past acts performing at standup tragedy have included the likes of Josie Long, Ben Target, Grace Petrie, Lou Sanders, Emily Capell and Jay Foreman

Standup tragedy was featured in the independent in July 2012: HERE and our first 2013 show was given a great review in January 2013 by The London Word: HERE

This months show: Tragic History 16th May 2014

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    Jonathan Wakeham

    @jonathanwakeham Screenwriter at http://independenttalent.com . Cofounder & programmer of@LOCOFilmFest. Works & plays with @CamdenPT, @ArtsEmergency &@Battersea_Arts.  

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    Ali Mason

    “I write for a website that doesn’t exist. I also write for a website that does exist. The one that exists is@forfolkssake. The one that doesn’t isn’t.” Find Ali at: https://twitter.com/alimason

  • Njambi McGrath
    Njambi McGrath

    Njambi has been described as “the hottest thing to come out of Africa since the Sahara”. She performs regularly on the London circuit including the Comedy Store, Comedy Café, Leicester Square Theatre, Drayton Arms, Top Secret Comedy, Downstairs at the Kings Head, Up the Creek, Mirth Control, Soho Comedy Club, Monkey Business Kentish Town, Charing […]

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    Keith Jarret

    Keith Jarrett lives and works in London, where he is still growing up. Performance poet and fiction writer, he is working on his first novel – partly in verse – which seems to be about a boy with a God complex on the run from the influence of a Pentecostal church. Keith studied Spanish at […]

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    Drunken Chorus

    Drunken Chorus is a contemporary performance company working across a variety of forms, including theatre, installation, cabaret events and durational pieces.
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    Jess Brownrigg

    Jess Brownrigg: Is a writer and storyteller from London. He performs regularly at true storytelling night Spark London and was featured on their podcast:http://www.mixcloud.com/sparklondon/a-grand-gesture-jess-brownrigg/

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    Ben Target

    Ben Target or Tar-zhay as some people pronounce it is yet another “young”, “male”, “comedian” – “with a difference”. He prefers the term “talented artist” to “the best” as this is currently over-used. His family still go with “mixed blessing”.

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    Joe Murphy


    is the leader of alternative folk band Sergeant Buzfuz. His songs are a blend of the pop, post-punk and folk he grew up listening to in Sheffield and storytelling in the Irish tradition of his ancestors.

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    Charley Harrison

    Charley Harrison is an up and coming stand-up comedian and storyteller. She has sparkled at Spark London true storytelling events and has been hitting the London comedy circuit hard this year. https://twitter.com/charleylucyha

From the Blog

A Tragic Letter by Jess Brownrigg

  Deed Poll Freebourne House Albemarle Street London W1 4BL 9th January 2014   Dear Deed Poll,   This correspondence takes the form of an enquiry regarding the name changing service that your organisation provides to the Great British public.   As I comprehend it, you charge a sum of £33 to change one’s name.  […]


Tragic Xmas Review

Stand up Tragedy – 12th December 2013 ‘I don’t want to front-load the night with admin’ announced our leader, Dave in unique, loveable and self-effacing style. Stand-up Tragedy’s Tragic Xmas was away. Candy canes, crackers and a tragic tree, seats around table – this night felt the friendliest of the SUT nights. Scratch-cards were the […]


Tragic Christmas

So, Stand up Tragedy will be starting the London run of shows with a Christmas party.  Tonight.    7 Reasons it will be better a cracking alternative or relief from your office xmas party. The jokes will be by professional comedians and not Jim from accounts   You can get with WHOEVER you want without […]


A word from Dave

Stand Up Tragedy is expanding and developing and I as the person SUT’s resident host and Artistic Director I should tell you what we’re upto: We are going monthly from December 2013 starting with Tragic Christmas a fundraiser for the amazing Arts Emergency on December 12th. That night will kick off the new look Stand Up Tragedy where we will be grouping our tragic acts together around […]



DVDS burnt, programmes signed and tears cried, it was time to send the Perks off to their rightful owners. Rather a scene at Brixton Post office: Me: I want to send these packages to the US.   Post office worker-  Ok.  What’s inside? Me- Little pots of saline solution‘(thinking this sounds less psychopathic than ‘tears […]

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