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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    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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    Rob Auton

    “In 2008 I started saying things outloud to people without wanting them to respond verbally. Some call this ‘Stand up comedy’, some call it ‘Stand up poetry’. Whatever it is, I started doing it and have continued to do it ever since. I have had my poetry played on the radio by Jarvis Cocker and […]

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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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