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.

Thanks to all our performers from 2014

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    Mathilda Gregory

    I’m a journalist specialising in feminist reaction to popular culture. Geeky and/or lady-centric culture in particular. Which means I write mostly about women, sexuality and feminism and also about TV and pop culture. I like ladies’/girls’/women’s culture a lot (examples of my obsessions with Twilight and Titanic below). I also like to write about radical […]

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    Emily Snee

    Bio: http://youtu.be/BC0Bd6-CS24

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    Sajeela Kershi

    Sajeela Kershi is a comedian, writer, actress and storyteller. https://twitter.com/SajeelaKershi

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    James Hamilton

    James is a multi award-winning comedy writer, sketch comedian, director and producer, whose weird gurning face has been most frequently associated with his sketch group, Casual Violence. He’s written and performed in ten critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe shows in the last five years. Under his direction, Casual Violence has been commissioned by BBC Radio 4; produced a […]

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    The Mechanisms

    A band of immortal space pirates roaming the universe in the starship Aurora. If you’re very lucky, they might sing you a story before they shoot you.

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    Adele Hampton

    Adele Hampton is a writer and videographer who is a firm believer in the fact that good storytelling comes from the heart. As a visual journalist who doesn’t back down she is an experienced and confident self-starter with a strong work ethic and unique approaches to creating narratives. She is also a wonderful spoken word […]

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    Leo and Liam

    Leo and Liam are enthusiastic young men, and thats what makes them likeable. https://twitter.com/leoandliam1

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    Matt Miller

    Matt Miller is a poet and playwright who has performed his work at the Olympic Park, the Nottingham Playhouse and various pubs in Nottingham and Newcastle. He facilitates creative writing workshops at Arnold Hill Academy and anywhere else that’ll have him. He is a big fan of green pesto. Mawaan Rizwan: Born in Pakistan and […]

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    Zach Roddis

    Zach Roddis is from Manchester and describes himself as “Spoken Word Poet, 23 Year Old Human, Idiot” http://zachroddis.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/zachroddispoet

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    Lisa Findley

    Lisa Findley is finishing up two years of traveling the world, and she has enough tales of travel woes to fill a book, so she just might write that. She has reviewed theater for Centerstage in Chicago and been published in The Billfold. Read about her travels–the good and the bad–at http://lisafindley.com/

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    Liz Bailey

    Liz Bailey who is a part of the Stand Up Tragedy team comes from backstage to the front of it to deliver a tragic history lecture.

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    Mawaan Rizwan

    Mawaan Rizwan: Born in Pakistan and moving to East London at the age of two, Mawaan has an eclectic CV. He’s directed an award-winning film Jimmy Will Play, and presented Channel 4’s Battlefront show, a double Emmy award-winning project about young campaigners making social change. Maawan has also created a range of comedic characters for […]

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    Charmian Hughes

    Comedian Charmian Hughes studied clowning under Philippe Gaulier and Theatre de Complicite but unable to uphold the mime vow of silence, ran away to play stand-up comedy clubs throughout the nation entertaining everyone from members of the House of Commons to ‘Lifers’ in prison (not to be confused). Charmian has stalked Chris Huhne and gave […]

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    Simon Caine

    Simon Caine. Comedian, Author and Community Manager. “The audience loved you. An absolute favourite of the whole night, if not the season.” – Keyna Doran, Creative Cows Comedy. “Apparently, not as well received as Bec Hill.” – Oliver Smith at the Telegraph “You’re very funny. I was expecting you to be shit.” – Lizzy from […]

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    Hatty Ashdown

    Hatty Ashdown is a stand up, Presenter, Writer, Actor and slipper wearer.“innate funny bones”- Chortle‘Indie load mouth ‘ “One to Watch list” — london is Funny ‘Anecdotal humor that never feels stilted or scripted ..makes Ashdown one to watch on the comedy scene’ **** Three weeks ‘Wonderfully inventive, consistently funny’ Time Out ‘Warm, infectiously funny […]

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    Tim Ralphs

    Tim Ralphs is a storyteller and active exponent of narrative in art. He also works as a public engagement consultant where he focuses on connecting academic researchers with non-specialists. His storytelling is rooted in the oral tradition: The craft of a speaker weaving language and gesture to entrance an audience and bring a tale to […]

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    Susan Steed

    Susan Steed is an ecconomist, writer and stand up comedian in development. https://twitter.com/SusanSteed

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    John Hastings

    John Hastings has been performing standup since 2006.He has won the Montreal Comedy Festival Home-grown Comedy Competition, has been called “one to watch” by the Comedy Network and was the only Canadian Finalist of the 2011 San Francisco Comedy Competition. In 2012 John moved to London England which gave him the opportunity to be featured […]

  • Tamer Kattan
    Tamer Kattan

    Tamer Kattan was born an outsider and that’s where he stayed. This Egyptian-born American was born into a family of Muslims, Christians and Jews leaving him incredibly comfortable in the uncomfortable. From school yard bullies to an abusive father, comedy quickly became a weapon of this underdog. This award winning international comedian with TV and commercial […]

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    Daisy Thursten-Gent

    Daisy Thursten-Gent is a performance poet & playwright based in Cambridge & London. She has recited poetry in exchange for rooms and food across Europe and has even taken to the stage at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York… but is usually found roaming with a notebook, people-watching in more local spots. Twitter: @daisytgpoetry […]

  • chella quint
    Chella Quint

    Chella Quint is a comedy writer, performer, designer, artist, education consultant, and old school zine girl from Brooklyn, New York who now lives in Sheffield, England. A lot of her education and engagement work is in science communication, health promotion, media literacy, human rights and social justice. She is the Sheffield Docfest 2013 Specialist Factual […]

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    Lauren Stone

    Photographer, actor and part-time spectacle-wearer. https://twitter.com/lstone345 At the Fringe: Lauren is appearing in Winky https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/winky 3-12th 14th-24th at 12.40 at Underbelly, Cowgate

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    Clare Ferguson-Walker

     ”I am a sculptor, a singer, a performance poet, a curator, a writer, and a stand- up comedienne. I sing in a duo called “The Newly Deads” and as a performance poet I have won various awards and am getting regular bookings for the usual gubbbins, literature festivals and the like. I am also currently […]

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    Gloria Sanders

    I’m a bilingual Actress, fluent in Spanish. I’ve performed at an eclectic range of venues across the country, as well as internationally in Belgium, Germany, and Guatemala. My poetry has been featured in inczine.com, at annexemagazine.com, and I’ve performed poetry sets at Lee Fest and at the MVMNT pop-up cafe. I am a regular narrator […]

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    Joel Golby

    is TECHNICALLY A WRITER although NOT THE TYPE THAT ANYONE IN HIS FAMILY CAN BE ESPECIALLY PROUD OF   It is Christmas, picture the scene. It is Christmas and I am talking to my family. “And Joel,” they say, all of them, eerily, at once. They are fed and they are watered and they are […]

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    Lily Potkin


  • Neil Frizzell

    Journalist, pun-maker, photoshop disaster, nimble-fingered seamstress, feminist. Fully caffeinated. https://twitter.com/NellFrizzell

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    Hayley Campbell

    Hayley Campbell writes for the New Statesman, McSweeney’s, the Guardian, The Comics Journal, The Rumpus, Channel 4 News, Front, and Planet Notion. She’s written a book about Neil Gaiman (published spring 2014, Ilex/HarperCollins, scroll down for pre-order details) and if her face looks familiar it’s probably because she sold you comics once. You might have seen her previous work on Boing Boing. You should email her/follow […]

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    Helen Arney

    Presenter and geek songstress Helen Arney thought she’d left her scientific past behind after graduating in Physics from Imperial College, but it wasn’t long before she found herself writing quirky stand-up and songs inspired by her days in the lab. She toured the UK in “Uncaged Monkeys” with Robin Ince and Brian Cox, and later took her […]

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    Tom Adler
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    The Human Loire

    The Human Loire is a comedy act, and a series of comedy acts, performed by Michael Brunström. Description The Loire is the longest river in France. I am a human. Hence: Human Loire. The Human Loire is an comedy act, or a stunt, or a series of acts and stunts, performed by Michael Brunström, winner […]

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    The Helen Project

    The Helen Project zooms in and out of the bedroom and the mind of the most beautiful woman in the world. Images of Helen from Homer and Marlowe, from modern poetry, from the golden age of Hollywood, and even ripped from the headlines of our contemporary tabloids, turn in a kaleidoscope of original and found text. […]

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    Tricity Vogue

    “Cabaret to run down side streets for – just get there early.” Time Out London Critics’ Choice Charming, offbeat musical cabaret from a vintage songstress with a repertoire of surprising tunes and a colourful history of romantic misadventure. Ukulele strumming cabaret performer Tricity Vogue has cut a swathe through the UK cabaret scene with hit […]

  • Andy Zaltzman
    Andy Zaltzman

    Andrew “Andy” Zaltzman (born 1974) is a British comedian and author who largely focuses on political material. He has worked extensively with John Oliver; their work together includes Political Animal, The Department and The Bugle. Stand-up Zaltzman has been performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 1999 when he was a finalist in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny? new act competition along with Josie Long, Russell Howard andDavid […]

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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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    Next Best Thing

    Jay sees her name in lights; Katie’s fed up with the electricity bill. Together they do sketches. Together they are the Next Best Thing.   Find them here: Next Best Thing Comedy

  • laraby

    Native Manhattanite, former International Woman of Misery. No, Mystery! Yeah. Aspiring Con Artist. Sometimes i’m funny… LaraMascaraNYC/UK (LaraMascaraNYC) on Twitter  

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    Dzifa Benson

    “Dzifa Benson does four main things – writes, performs, curates and coaches. She has read and performed her prose and poetry nationally and internationally including Tate Britain, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Glastonbury Festival, the Houses of Parliament, Lords Cricket Ground and the Shakespeare & Company Bookshop, Paris. She […]

  • Alice Bell
    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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    John Henry Falle / The Storybeast

    John Henry Falle is The Story Beast. He’s full of myths and stories and shit. He tweets from @TheStoryBeast. “A bearded force of Nature” – cf. The Guardian Oh, he has many names: Apollo-Dionysus, Llewelyn The Skipping Druid…Peter Gabriel…but he promises he’ll get it right this time possessing the loudest 4th of The Beta Males, […]

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    Jonathan Hansler

    Best Actor Fringe Report 2011,got a plaque to Peter Cook at 18 Greek St,lead LIONSGATE’S AXED http://axedmovie.com Jonathan is a British actor. He has worked with theatre companies such as Hull Truck and TV such as My Family and Hotel Babylon. He plays Basil Fawlty in Dinner Theatre and starred in the film Axed which […]

  • Peter Morey
    Peter Morey – The Live Scriber

    Peter Morey is a ‘live scribe’, ‘visual jester’ or ‘graphic recorder’, creating on-the-spot pieces for events ranging from comedy gigs to conferences.

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    Anil Godigamuwe

    Geeky poet, queer baker wastrel, roleplayer, NaPoWriMo2014 doer and picker-up of unconsidered trifles. Keeper of the Trans-Internet Comfort Protocol. *HUGS* A/G, NPC Lord (godigumdrop) on Twitter

  • Deborah F-W
    Deborah Frances-White

    “Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian, corporate speaker, screenwriter and executive coach. Deborah was adopted at ten days old, was raised in Australia, became a Jehovah’s Witness as a teenager, left her religion and family to come to London with a one way ticket, has worked as an interpreter in both sign language and Japanese, […]

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    Worry Dolls

    Two solo singers by nature, Rosie and Zoe met at Paul McCartney’s old school in Liverpool. Bonding initially due to having the same fiery red locks, they decided to join forces and have been playing as Worry Dolls for nearly two years. With a performance at Glastonbury Festival and support slots for Joan Armatrading & […]

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    Samantha Mann

    Samantha Mann is a private individual and sometime performer living in London. “A minutely observed comic creation” Roger Cox, The Scotsman. “Delightfully feminist… a feel-good hit” Chella Quint, The F-Word Comedy “Consummate and delightful” Isla van Tricht, Broadway Baby http://charlesadrian.typepad.com/samantha/ At the Fringe: Stories about Love, Death and a Rabbit:https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/stories-about-love-death-and-a-rabbit 2-23rd at 15.10 at Dragonfly as […]

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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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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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