Stand Up Tragedy: Tragic Friends and open submissions for the new look SUT Blog


You are discordially invited to our Edinburgh Fringe reunion party: Tragic Friends

The best tragedy at the Edinburgh Fringe was found at Stand Up Tragedy as the show returned for another successful year as part of the PBH Free Fringe. Performers bringing an hour of daily tragedy to the stage included Stewart Lee, Eddie Pepitone, Rob Auton, @ProResting and more. By combining established and upcoming acts, a different blend of sadness and catharsis was created in every show. We were also podcasting the highlights of the run, which we are continuing to share on iTunes and on Soundcloud.

To bring the spirit of the tragic Fringe back to London, Stand Up Tragedy will be jerking the tears and staring into the void with a line-up of old friends and new discoveries. If you missed the Edinburgh adventure, or if you just can’t get enough tragedy, get the full experience at this special reunion show.

‘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

WHAT: Stand Up Tragedy: Tragic Friends

WHERE: The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8LQ

WHEN: 7.30pm-11pm, Thursday 25th September

HOW MUCH: Pay What You Like


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.

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.

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

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