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 Winter 28th February

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    Jack Rooke

    Jack Rooke is a standup comedian and poet from Watford. He hosts stand-up poetry night Bang Said The Gun, the poetry/comedy Amphitheatre at Bestival, the Guardian Literary tent and Main Stage at Camp Bestival, and is an resident artist of the Soho Theatre Comedy Lab and The Roundhouse. Jack has created work for The Independent, […]

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    Amy McAllister

    My name is Amy McAllister and I am the current UK Anti-Slam champion. This means that I am excellent at being shit. My very first collection of poems, pick up lines, and wobbly drawings entitled Are You As Single As That Cream? is now available in Waterstones, on Amazon, from Burning Eye Books, or right here in […]

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    Iszi Lawrence

    She gigs across the UK as well as internationally and has headlined nights in Oslo, Prague, Dublin and Brussels. “She’s as adept with an anecdote as she is with a one-liner, and her trips down comedy asides are on-the-spot funny.” The Herald She is a seasoned performer, having appeared on stage at the Fringe since she was 17, in […]

  • Jessica Law and the outlaws
    Jessica Law and the Outlaws

    If “Evil Folk” and “Polite Murder Ballads” were musical genres, this is what they would sound like. Spivs, Faustian pacts and poisoned gramophones abound in these cheerfully sinister ditties. “A collection of intriguing folk songs, packed with expressive lyrics, strange rhythms and creative instrumentation.” – Ocelot Magazine “A light-footed waltz though old-time folk music with […]

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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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    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 […]

From the Blog

CINEMA DATE by Jonathan Pinnock

The tiny cinema wasn’t full for a Friday evening. Even the lure of a triple-bill of old splatter flicks, under the title of ‘Fright Night’, no longer guaranteed a full house. As the lights dimmed, Brad wondered if this might not have been quite such a good idea for a first date, especially with someone […]



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 […]


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 […]

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