What is standup Tragedy?

It "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

Stand Up Tragedy is a live show and podcast where people get up on stage and do some tragedy: part cabaret, part variety show. 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 SUT acts have included Josie Long, Stewart Lee, Sara Pascoe, Grace Petrie, Eddie Pepitone, Robin Ince and Andy Zaltzman.

In 2015 we are doing four London shows in addition to taking the tragedy back up to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. We’ll be sprinkling tragic seasoning all over the place with Tragic Winter, Tragic Spring, Tragic Summer and Tragic Autumn. Each show will contain three acts of tragedy, each with a different theme. Act 2 will be guest curated by one of our favourite performers from 2014.

Our next show: Tragic Summer 6th June

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    Alice Bell

    “I’m Alice Bell, a writer, teacher and researcher interested in the politics of science, technology and the environment. As well as freelancing, I’ve worked as a Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, Lecturer in the Science Communication Group at Imperial, Special Projects Officer for Science Year and an Explainer at […]

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    Radcliffe Royds

    Recently described as the love child of James Bond and Stephen Fry Radcliffe is a storyteller who overcame the twin advantages of wealth and privilege to achieve utter mediocrity homelessness and  despair. with a light touch and Devil-may-care attitude Radcliffe takes us on his journey through the class “A”system

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    Charley Harrison

    Charley Harrison is a stand-up comic who has performing since May 2013. She has since performed in Edinburgh, Manchester, London New York and Paris. She is founder and host of Soho monthly comedy night See You Next Thursday (cunth.co.uk) and the alt. host for Stand Up Tragedy when Dave takes a night off. http://charleylucyharrison.com/ At […]

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Stand Up Tragedy is back! And after a holiday hiatus so is our varied and wonderful blog.  We’re looking for work to support our four shows plus Edinburgh run this year, each featuring a seasonal theme: winter, spring, summer and autumn. Fitting in with the themes is a bonus through not required. What: short stories (fiction […]



Stand Up Tragedy may be finishing for 2014, but the blog lives on. Send us your best worst stories and keep the comedy coming. What: short stories (fiction and non-fiction), flash fiction, poetry, and experimental form (that can be digitally distributed) that fits with the theme of tragicomedy. Or comitragedy.  Ideal length is 250-1000 words, though […]

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