Stand Up Tragedy: Taking the Tragedy to Edinburgh and open submissions for the new look SUT Blog


Stand Up Tragedy is returning to Edinburgh to be part of PBH’s Free Fringe. Aiming to deliver a much-needed dose of misery to the festival, this time they’re coming for a full run—maximum tragedy. Each day is a different line-up, with acts including Josie Long, Rob Auton, Mathew Highton and Richard Tyrone Jones.

WHERE: Banshee Labyrinth (Venue 156), 29-35 Niddry Street, EH1 1LG

WHEN: 7.30pm-8.30pm, August 2nd -August 24th

HOW MUCH: Nothing. It’s on the Free Fringe.

‘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

Show extracts will be going out as podcasts via iTunes, Soundcloud and other podcast networks during the festival.

Go on. Let the bastards get you down!

Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh until they cry and cry until they laugh. It’s a monthly live show and podcast 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 too seriously. The night ends, not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long.

Combining established acts such as Robin Ince, Andy Zaltzman, Grace Petrie, Sara Pascoe and Helen Arney with new and upcoming acts, Stand Up Tragedy creates evenings of variety based around a theme. Performers often write new material especially for the night and relish the opportunity to put a tragic spin on what they do. The nights are recorded and put out as a weekly podcast.

Call for Submissions:

To celebrate the triumphant return of Stand Up Tragedy to the Edinburgh Fringe, we are relaunching the SUT blog with an updated look and a new focus. Like its raucous live counterpart, the Stand Up Tragedy blog will be a place find the humour of hurt, the tickle of tragedy and mirth of misfortune. Selected work will posted each Friday beginning 1st August and promoted via the Stand Up Tragedy London monthly events, the podcast and at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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 shorter pieces, and longer work that can be serialised, will be considered. Editorial support or feedback can be offered to those who request it.

Format: Word doc or docx – double spaced—name and title on every page and paginated, please.

Deadline: Rolling. New pieces to be posted weekly beginning 1st August.

Please email to with “SUT Submission” in the subject line.

Stand-Up-Tragedy-poster_EDINBURGH-2014In the press:

“Laugh? I Nearly Died: The Rise of Stand-Up Tragedy” (Independent, July 2012)

“Stand-Up Tragedy” (London Word, January 2013)

One of the Guardian’s “Ten Great Storytelling Nights” (March 2014)

“Stand-up comedy with Sophocles and Justin Bieber during World Cup football” (John Fleming, June 2014)


Listen for yourself via the podcast: Tragic Christmas

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