What is standup Tragedy?
It "takes in everything from music to comedy and is characterised by an emphasis on truth"
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.
ORPHEUS, DIONYSUS, MURIATIC ACID AND THE STRANGE WHIRRING THING by Jessica Law
There were twenty one bottles of muriatic acid stacked in the corner of Orpheus’ bedroom. The melancholic troubadour had been stockpiling them over the past few weeks, one by one, visiting twenty one different hardware stores across the City. At first he’d told the owners he needed the acid for steel etching, his flamboyant, artistic […]
SHARE THE SCHADENFREUDE- Call for Submissions
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 […]
CAPSTONE HILL by J Adamthwaite
The strawberry plant on the patio only grows one strawberry at a time. It looks like a bright red lantern. I almost don’t want to eat it but also I do. I’m saving it for Mum. She’s been out a long time so she’s probably hungry. She’s only gone up to Capstone Hill. She likes […]
MR WALLY CARRUTHERS by Jay Merill
I’m Wally. As in, what a….. Don’t make me laugh. And here’s me mate, Sponge. Yeah! Say nothin. If you think I’m a joke, where does that leave him? This minute we’re sitting on Sloane Square looking over at the Royal Court. And I’m thinkin, old Spongie, he really has it in him to be a funny […]
THREE STORIES from Thomas McColl
This week we have three pieces of short and micro fiction from writer and performer Thomas McColl. Tom’s work has been published in The Alarmist, Bare Fiction, Geeked, London Literary Project, the Molotov Cocktail and Open Pen, and won second prize in 4’33″ Magazine‘s 60 second story contest. His live appearances include performing at Oxjam’s ’Not-just-for-kids-takeover’, being on the bill for 2014′s Words […]