The Best of Northern

The Best of Northern

North East comedians on one exclusive line-up! Hot on the heels of our popular compilation showcases, we felt it only right to bring you some of finest who regularly reside at The Stand's Newcastle Comedy Club... 

Tony Slattery's Crimes Against Improv

Tony Slattery's Crimes Against Improv

Whose Line is it Anyway? star and inaugural Perrier Comedy Awards winner Tony Slattery returns to where his comedic heart truly lies; with his brand-new, headlining, all-star improvisation show... 

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

BAFTA and Perrier award-winning comedian Dylan Moran brings his brand-new show, Dr Cosmos to the Edinburgh Fringe before embarking on his 49-date UK tour. Moran will offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation... 

Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win (Work in Progress)

Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win (Work in Progress)

Last year, Mark Watson – a man prone to considerable anxiety, with multiple phobias and a history of piss-poor self-esteem – was asked to go on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls... 

In Conversation With Standard Issue

In Conversation With Standard Issue

Join Standard Issue Podcast – the smart and witty women's magazine for your ears – as it hosts a panel of brilliant women from the world of comedy and media in conversation about funnies, feminism and more... 

Daniel Kitson: Good for Glue

Daniel Kitson: Good for Glue

Because he's an idiot, in thrall to his own imagined past, Daniel Kitson (41) has decided to perform an unfinished show that starts at midnight in a room that gets debilitatingly hot and doesn't have enough chairs... 

Alun Cochrane: You. Me. Now.

Alun Cochrane: You. Me. Now.

Come on then! (To my show.) You want some? (Comedy.) You wanna go? (Buy a ticket then.) I'll be joking about you, me and this wonderfully odd time to be alive. Alun Cochrane has been doing solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2004... 

Fred MacAulay and John Moloney

Fred MacAulay and John Moloney

With a friendship that has endured numerous governments, several economic downturns and expanding waist sizes, these two stand-ups join together to bring you a one-hour show which will provide a craftsman-like masterclass in stand-up comedy... 

David Kay

David Kay

David Kay, one of the hidden gems of the Scottish comedy circuit, quirky, surreal, surprising and awesome... Kay’s laidback, gentle and original style has won him many fans. Kay has taken scone based comedy to another level... 

Stu and Garry's Fringe Improv Show

Stu and Garry's Fringe Improv Show

Our long-running improvised comedy show will have you in stitches. Marvel as resident duo Stu and Garry weave comedy magic from your suggestions. It's a sure-fire way to start your Fringe day. 

Simon Munnery: The Wreath

Simon Munnery: The Wreath

'I went to a funeral the other day. Caught the wreath...' That's what came to me, from the mysterious source of the inexplicable. Hear the story of the joke, the painting and what happened next... 

The Stand Late Club

The Stand Late Club

'This is late-night comedy at its finest' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). Late-night comedy at its best. Eight superb showcases from Scotland’s favourite club. Five comics, two hours. Different selection nightly... 

Paul Sinha: The Two Ages of Man

Paul Sinha: The Two Ages of Man

After last year's sell-out run, Paul returns to Edinburgh with his life, seemingly, still bordering on disarray. Having spent two decades juggling disparate careers, loneliness, heartbreak, a multitude of vices and an overwhelming urge to show off his general knowledge, he finds that just as one problem disappears, another suddenly emerges... 

Fern Brady: Suffer, Fools!

Fern Brady: Suffer, Fools!

Following two shows that sold out through word of mouth alone, Scottish comedian Fern is back for another Scottish hour. Scottish. As seen on English comedian Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, English comedian Stewart Lee's Alternative Comedy Experience and Viceland's new series Brexit Stage Left... 

Martin Mor: Adventure Comedian

Martin Mor: Adventure Comedian

Martin is one of the world’s most travelled and adventurous comedians. With over 30 years as a professional performer, he has a lot of stories to tell. Come and hear an hour’s worth in this Fringe special... 

Political Animal

Political Animal

The Fringe’s only, and possibly best, long-running political stand-up gig returns to The Stand to bark at the planet’s hottest potatoes. Hosted by Andy Zaltzman (Bugle podcast, 7 Day Sunday, sundry other stuff), with a different bill each night, featuring some of the universe’s finest comedians... 

Bona Fide

Bona Fide

Bona Fide asks the cream of Edinburgh Fringe 2017’s comics to prove their worth by performing material specifically written for the theme of the night. You will have never heard any of this before – you probably won’t again! The Stand Comedy Club’s monthly night comes to the Fringe... 

Viva La Shambles

Viva La Shambles

Join anarchic makers of madness Viva La Shambles as they bring their popular monthly night of chaotic live comedy to the Fringe. Edinburgh's top comics combine forces creating a unique evenings entertainment, with the emphasis on the alternative... 

In Conversation With Standard Issue

In Conversation With Standard Issue

In Conversation with Standard Issue: the sharp and witty women’s magazine hosts a killer line-up of funny women, including Sarah Millican*, talking about comedy, women, feminism and other topics... 

Andrew Doyle: Thought Crimes

Andrew Doyle: Thought Crimes

Andrew Doyle has, allegedly, lost quite a few friends this last year. Not because of some horrendous disaster, but thanks to his apparently unforgivable habit of speaking his mind in social situations and—in a world where anyone’s now a Nazi if they don’t agree with you—daring to express opinions that his now-former friends found personally insulting... 

Gary Dunn Presents Monkey Magic

Gary Dunn Presents Monkey Magic

Gary Dunn is back! Monkey Magic, is his second show at the Edinburgh Fringe and it’s bigger, badder, and even more bananas than the first! With his trusty sidekick Chico the Monkey, Gary will have you gasping with amazement and laughing so much, you may wee yourself! Sixty minutes of slapstick and magic for the whole family - what’s not to enjoy? ‘An absolute must see show!’ (Primary Times)... 

Tony Law: Absurdity for the Common People

Tony Law: Absurdity for the Common People

Multi award-winning power wizard of comedy Tony Law is heading back to the top. Join for a thing that happens anyway. Whimsy is not just for nerds and farmers. Tony Law is your maverick truth slinger of ridiculousness for the people... 

Simon Munnery: Renegade Plumber

Simon Munnery: Renegade Plumber

'One of the most tirelessly silly stalwarts of the Fringe' (Time Out) provides tales of plumbing woes and his attempts at under-tent heating, and ridicules the insanity of capitalism... 

Shappi Khorsandi: Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey

Shappi Khorsandi: Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey

In a very personal set, Shappi talks growing up in Britain as the child of refugee parents and being English. Her topics include accents, skinheads, Furries, cultural differences, so called ‘British Values’, and her relationship with her family... 

Bridget Christie: Mortal

Bridget Christie: Mortal

Bridget Christie is one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen. Why it took her nearly a decade to be recognised for her astute observations and concise storytelling I will never know... 

Josie Long: Work In Progress

Josie Long: Work In Progress

The triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, BBC Radio 4 star and cult optimist Josie Long returns to The Stand with an hour of new material and knockabout fun, as she works towards her eighth stand-up show later in the year... 

Julia Sutherland: The 40-Year-Old Version

Julia Sutherland: The 40-Year-Old Version

Delighted to turn 40, Julia is having a breakthrough, not a breakdown! Typically a time to reflect, re-assess... and run away from reality in your new sports car; Julia is gleefully ticking all the boxes... 

spiked at the Stand: Free!

spiked at the Stand: Free!

spiked, the radical magazine that fights for your right to offend, returns to the Stand for a night of no-holds-barred comedy. The line-up includes Lewis Schaffer, ‘brilliant and amazing’ (Scotsman), Will Franken, ‘simply hilarious’ (Times), and Andrew Doyle, ‘effortlessly enjoyable’ (Chortle... 

Jay Lafferty: Jaywalking

Jay Lafferty: Jaywalking

Jay returns to this year’s Fringe for two nights only. Showcasing a new hour, honing her satirical sights on those who set the rules and those who are prepared to break them. Can you keep up with Jay walking? Clever material delivered with effortless charm and packing a bite every bit as bad as its bark... 

WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s 2x4 Tour One-Man Comedy Show

WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s 2x4 Tour One-Man Comedy Show

Just one glance at this year’s stuffed-to-bursting wedge of a programme is enough to see that there are bewildering array of performance disciplines represented at this year’s Fringe... 

Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary

Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary

Gary Delaney has been touring all over the UK for months. Now, at long last, he has arrived in Edinburgh, and he is well worth seeing. This is a show that is dumb but fun. It’s a show filled with groaning laughter and “oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-believe-I’m-laughing-at-this” gasps... 

Political Animal

Political Animal

The Fringe’s only and possibly best long-running political stand-up gig returns to The Stand to bark at the planet’s hottest potatoes. Hosted by Andy Zaltzman (The Bugle podcast, 7 Day Sunday, sundry other stuff), with a different bill each night, featuring some of the universe’s finest comedians... 

Craig Campbell's 'Easy Tiger'

Craig Campbell's 'Easy Tiger'

The whole fish-out-of water shtick is a difficult one to pull off – the performer has to be au fait with local idiosyncrasies while at the same time be looking in at them from the outside... 

The Stand Late Club

The Stand Late Club

'This is late night comedy at its finest' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). Late-night comedy at its best. Eight superb showcases from Scotland’s favourite club. Five comics, two hours, late bar... 

Stewart Lee: Content Provider

Stewart Lee: Content Provider

After four years writing and performing twelve half hours of stand up for his TV show, this is work in progress towards Stewart's first brand new full-length live show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World... 

Stu and Garry’s Improv Show

Stu and Garry’s Improv Show

Award-winning Stu Murphy and Garry Dobson perform brilliant improvised comedy all year round as Stand Comedy Club residents. This year they throw open the doors of their spiritual home to welcome various terrific guests for many riotous shenanigans... 

Simon Munnery: Standing Still

Simon Munnery: Standing Still

Simon Munnery performs for his 30th year at the Fringe. An opening to die for, seven wry observations, a tone poem, four fresh skits and two new commandments. 'A genuine innovator in the land of the samey, and an annual must-see for any comedy connoisseur' (Guardian)... 

Des Clarke 3D

Des Clarke 3D

Des Clarke is a much loved performer in Edinburgh. Quite an achievement for a Glaswegian. Uniquely, Des will perform three different sets this year – each running for eight days – about the things that matter to him most... 

Mark Watson: Work in Progress

Mark Watson: Work in Progress

His show Flaws was probably the most acclaimed show of last year's Edinburgh Fringe. Since then it's been on a massive UK and Australian tour, while Watson has also done a 27-hour Comic Relief extravaganza and all sorts of other things... 

Paul Sinha: Postcards From the Z List

Paul Sinha: Postcards From the Z List

British Asian, Paul Sinha, makes a very welcome return to the Stand Comedy Club during the Fringe after a four-year absence. It’s been an eventful time for Sinha. He’s become an uncle, he’s found himself a boyfriend and he’s grown into the role of minor celebrity – thanks to his daily appearances on ITV’s teatime quiz, The Chase... 

Gary Little: Just Trying to Be Friendly

Gary Little: Just Trying to Be Friendly

“The Facebook," Little moans, is a hub of narcissism and platform for vapid boasts. At 52, he harks back to a simpler time of rough parenting and outside bogs, and condemns the ‘Tory scum’ and obscure male-dominated lawmaking of today... 

Alun Cochrane: A Show with a Man in It

Alun Cochrane: A Show with a Man in It

Okay, he doesn’t promise much - the title was his son’s butchering of the ‘one-man show’ term. Alun even missed the deadline for posters. His nonchalant energy is sustained, almost dipping into the genteel... 

Bridget Christie: A Book For Her

Bridget Christie: A Book For Her

It’s 11 am – for some, the time for a late, leisurely breakfast. For Bridget Christie, it’s time to take stock: the Tories are in. Cuts are ravaging our public services. Refugees are being left in the Mediterranean to drown... 

Julia Sutherland is World's Best Dad

Julia Sutherland is World's Best Dad

There's a lot to live up to as a 21st century woman – having it all isn't quite working out. She may not be the perfect, organic cooking, PTA-attending, yummy mummy – appearing at the school gate looking like she's doing the walk of shame and cutting her son's hair with her bikini trimmer – but in the deeply unequal world of parenting, straight-talking, tattooed, rule-breaking Julia is still World's Best Dad... 

Jay Lafferty: Mockingjay

Jay Lafferty: Mockingjay

Definition mocking: treat with ridicule or contempt, to imitate in fun or derision. Definition jay: a colourful burd with a distinctive loud harsh call. A brand new show from one of Scotland's longest running next big things: 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013... 

An Irishman Abroad (Live) Jarlath Regan Interviews Jason Byrne

An Irishman Abroad (Live) Jarlath Regan Interviews Jason Byrne

A live recording of the global hit podcast where each week comedian Jarlath Regan meets a person of Irish heritage for a conversation about life, their work and of course, the influence Ireland has had upon them... 

Jo Caulfield: Awkward Conversations

Jo Caulfield: Awkward Conversations

Jo Caulifield is sardonic, cutting and fantastically witty. Her Awkward Conversations are, as advertised, very awkward. But then, that’s what makes them so brilliantly funny.Caulifield begins her show by getting to know her audience, creating a rapport which is beautifully maintained throughout her performance... 

Richard Melvin Presents… Live at The Stand Podcast

Richard Melvin Presents… Live at The Stand Podcast

Live at the Stand is an opportunity to attend the recording of the podcast of the same name, featuring a rotating lineup of comics performing sets and taking part in games and interviews... 

Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net

Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net

What if someone else wrote a set list of outrageous and original topics for the world’s best stand-up comedians, and they had to perform from it with literally zero seconds to prepare? Top comics create unforgettable acts of spontaneous comedic genius... 

Stu and Garry and...

Stu and Garry and...

Award-winning Stu Murphy and Garry Dobson perform brilliant improvised comedy all year round as Stand Comedy Club residents. This year they throw open the doors of their spiritual home, to welcome various terrific guests for much riotous shenanigans... 

The Stand Late Club

The Stand Late Club

'This is late night comedy at its finest' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). Late night comedy at its best. Eight superb showcases from Scotland’s favourite club. Five comics, two hours, late bar... 

Simon Munnery: And Nothing But

Simon Munnery: And Nothing But

Simon returns once again to what he does, being himself for an hour. He will consider The Absurdity of Houses, lament The Neo-Con Con, perform The New Can-Can, extol The Joy of Washing-Up and generally tell it like it is, was, and might be if we could but get our fingers out... 

Bridget Christie: An Ungrateful Woman

Bridget Christie: An Ungrateful Woman

After last year’s storm-causing, award-winning, activism-inspiring show, it was hard to see how Bridget Christie would be able to better last year’s set.As she says at the opening of the show, “I was hoping my feminist comedy show wouldn’t be very successful so I could give up work and be supported by my husband”... 

The Stand Late Show

The Stand Late Show

If you’ve ever watched anything by John Robertson before you’ll know just how zany and energetic he can be, which is the perfect reason why he makes a great host for The Stand Late Show... 

Simon Munnery Sings Soren Kierkegaard

Simon Munnery Sings Soren Kierkegaard

“Heard of Simon Munnery?” asks the blurb in the Fringe programme. Many have: the ex-League Against Tedium, ex-Urban Warrior is currently reinventing stand-up comedy with his touring Fylm shows... 

Josie Long: Cara Josephine

Josie Long: Cara Josephine

I admit to having felt a tad disappointed when I heard that Josie Long wasn’t doing her political stuff this year. The former queen of whimsy (I love whimsy), turned left wing satirist (I love lefty satire) arrived in Edinburgh with a show about family and relationships (oh hum)... 

Mike Lawrence: The Gingerbeard Man

Mike Lawrence: The Gingerbeard Man

You'll laugh, he'll cry. Mike's backstory of living in a trailer park and working at McDonalds for seven years is sad but extremely funny and poignant. Using pop culture references mixed with personal anecdotes combined into one fast, punchy style, Mike copes with his pain to hilarious and often endearing and heartwarming results... 

Gary Little: The Thing Is

Gary Little: The Thing Is

Gary Little isn’t. Little, that is. He’s big; tall, muscular, with not an unshaved hair on his scalp. Looking at him you have absolutely no doubt that he’s a man who can take care of himself, and that’s even before you hear the strong Glaswegian accent... 

Julia Sutherland is Feeling Kind of Funny

Julia Sutherland is Feeling Kind of Funny

Julia looks like she's got it together: well groomed, with powerful eyebrows. But on the inside ... she's a seething ball of chaos, struggling to be a good mum, wife and human. Julia offers up her transparent jellyfish heart, bares her flawed soul and finds the funnies in dark places... 

Jo Caulfield: Cancel My Subscription

Jo Caulfield: Cancel My Subscription

Jo Caulfield is surely one of the most intelligent comedians on the circuit. Not only are her jokes well sculpted, but she manages to keep surprising the audience with further punchlines... 

Lucy Porter: Me Time

Lucy Porter: Me Time

Comedians can be a cynical bunch. After ten years at the Fringe, many are full of pet hates and grinding gears, the comedy game having become a job and no longer a passion. For Lucy Porter, Fringe veteran and well-rounded comic besides, this is not the case... 

Stewart Lee: A Room With a Stew (Work-in-Progress)

Stewart Lee: A Room With a Stew (Work-in-Progress)

‘Remains one of the best stand-ups in the country’ **** (Metro). ‘Best comedian in Britain’ ***** (Mirror). ‘There's a wealth of evidence to suggest that in the last few years, Lee has gone completely mad’ (Guardian)... 

Alun Cochrane: (Me Neither)

Alun Cochrane: (Me Neither)

The ray of sunshine himself performs cheerfully miserable stand-up. His dulcet tones are heard frequently on radio (Just A Minute, Alun Cochrane’s Fun House, Frank Skinner’s Absolute show) and his dour face sometimes appears on TV...