Tragic Autumn is falling: This last of Stand Up Tragedy’s seasonal tragedies

Stand Up Tragedy have  lined up four shows in London for 2015, plus we’ll be taking the tragedy back up to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. Sprinklings of tragic seasoning will spice up the performance calendar, with Tragic Winter, Tragic Spring, Tragic Summer and Tragic Autumn each exploring a different theme. Three acts of tragedy, one of which will be guest-curated by a favourite performer, culminate in a series of tasty shows that feed your appetite for the terrible and the sublime.

This will be the last full SUT show of 2015. We’ll be coming back with more live nights of tragedy next year. We’ll continue putting out tragedy on our podcast. We also have a special Stand Up Tragedy presents… at the Dogstar in Brixton on 19th November.


This year sprinklings of tragic seasoning have spiced up the Hackney Attic where we have presented Tragic Winter, Tragic Spring, Tragic Summer. Now as the memories of our Edinburgh Festival season wither away on the vine it’s time for our last show of the year: Tragic Autumn.

On October the 16th we will celebrate the melancholy, death and transitions of autumn. We’ll start the night with an act of Tragic Changes featuring Adam Blampied from The Beta Males, brilliant spoken word from Adele Hampton and the always enigmatic Ben Target (“One of very few comics who manage to do something new with the art form while keeping an audience thoroughly entertained”, Guardian). Next we’ll have an act of Tragic Schooling put together by Liz Bailey from LSE; this act will involve academics coming out of their comfort zone and into the spotlight. They’ll be getting personal and sad about the welfare state. And the night will end (as many nights do) with a Tragic Fall featuring comedy and storytelling from James Harris, Jorik Mol and Brydie Lee-Kennedy. At the show’s 10.30pm conclusion, everyone’s invited to join in a cathartic sing-a-long or show off their tragic dancing into the early hours of the morning.

WHAT: Stand Up Tragedy: Tragic Autumn

WHERE: Hackney Attic, Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare St, London E8 1HE

WHEN: 7:30pm-late, Friday 16th October

HOW MUCH: £5 in advance, £7 on the door

Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh until they cry and cry until they laugh. It’s a regular 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.

At Stand Up Tragedy, we combine established performers like Stewart Lee, Robin Ince, Josie Long, Grace Petrie, Sara Pacoe, Rob Auton and Andy Zaltzman with new and upcoming acts to create long-form evenings of tragic variety. Performers often write new material especially for our nights and relish the opportunity to put a tragic spin on what they do. The nights are recorded and put out as a podcast.

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)

“Mansplaining Storyteller Dave Pickering” (John Fleming, June 2015)

Hear our origin story here:

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