Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh until they cry and cry until they laugh. We invite performers from all parts of the arts to 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 too seriously. The night ends, not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long.
Stand Up Tragedy is more than a live show; it’s also a podcast and production company. At Stand Up Tragedy we combine established performers like Stewart Lee, Tiernan Douieb, Shazia Mirza Josie Long, Grace Petrie, Sara Pacoe, Rob Auton and Andy Zaltzman with new and upcoming acts to create long-form evenings of tragic variety. Performers often write new material especially for our nights and relish the opportunity to put a tragic spin on what they do.
The aim of Stand Up Tragedy is to create safe spaces to talk about unsafe things.
‘takes in everything from music to comedy and is characterised by an emphasis on truth’ – The Independent
‘an entertaining bunch of melancholic oddballs’ – The London Word
a ‘wildly diverse show’ – John Fleming
In 2015 we’ve been seasoning the year in London, spicing up the performance calendar with Tragic Winter, Tragic Spring, Tragic Summer and finally on October 16th Tragic Autumn.
We also have Stand Up Tragedy presents… What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity and Howl of the Bantee coming up on November 19th.
Plus like Russian doll filled with laughter and tears, the Stand Up Tragedy team created a festival within a festival within a festival: inside the Edinburgh Fringe was the PBH Free Fringe, and inside the PBH Free Fringe was Stand Up Tragedy’s Edinburgh line-up. Building on two years of bringing quality tragedy to the fringe and four years of showcasing tragedy across London, we expanded what we do to include even more diversity and emotions.
As well as putting on 12 hours of tragic variety, we opened up the stage to include guest hosts and special collaborations. Added to this, we are produced host Dave Pickering’s first solo show and three public interviews with some of our tragic collaborators.