The Stand Comedy club launch their 2013 Edinburgh Fringe programme on April Fools’ Day
They say that in comedy, timing is everything, so today (April Fools’ Day), The Stand Comedy Club unveils its 2013 Fringe programme. There’s 37 shows every day across four stages, and this will be their 18th festival. To celebrate their ‘coming of age’ they’ve handpicked a selection of the finest comedians from home and abroad, ranging from comedy legends and Fringe institutions to emerging talent and Fringe debutants.
Leading the charge is a trio of iconic iconoclasts. The ‘godfather of modern comedy’ Alexei Sayle makes his eagerly awaited return to the Fringe with a 13 show run. Following his smash theatre piece in 2012, ‘libertarian anarchist’ Mark Thomas is back doing stand-up, promising mischief, defiance and bad behaviour; and the one and only Stewart Lee will again use The Stand to road test his comedy vehicle.
Escaping the clutches of the corporate beast in favour of a venue that gives them the freedom to flex their comedy muscles are a number of TV and radio regulars including homegrown favourite Susan Calman, the ever charming Stephen K Amos, delightfully sarcastic Simon Evans and the force of nature that is Tony Law.
Happy to embrace our role as a maverick magnet, The Stand welcomes those acts that push the boundaries of stand-up, including the multi-talented genius of Simon Munnery, pioneering podcaster Richard Herring, surrealist supreme Bridget Christie, and the irrepressible Brendon Burns.
The Stand is equally committed to the development of new comedy talent, with its beginners nights playing an integral role in the development of the careers of a number of household names. Playing their first ever fringe this year are a number of acts rising up through the ranks at our Newcastle club, the inspirational Lost Voice Guy is an act that truly needs to be heard; Geordie trio Si Buglass, Lee Kyle and Johnny Pelham claim to be Pretty On The Inside, and last year’s double header debutants Tony Jameson and Katie Mulgrew return with their first fringe solo shows.
There’s always a place at The Stand each fringe for the more weird and wonderful side of comedy, there’s the return of the sell-out Bay City Rollers inspired coming of age And They Played Shang A Lang, Brendon Burns trades gags for grappling in a double header with US indie wrestler Colt Cabana, and cult 1980s Canadian comic Baconface makes his international debut with us this August.
2013 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Edinburgh’s year round home of comedy in York Place opening its doors to the public, and as always we’ll have acts proudly flying the Scottish flag. As well as the aforementioned Susan Calman and Shang-A-Lang, we’ve got Scott Agnew, Vladimir McTavish and Keir McAllister.
But that’s not everyone, they’ve still got a few big names to announce, so look out for more information over the next few weeks.
Unlike anywhere else on the Fringe all shows at The Stand Comedy club are produced and financially underwritten by the venue. Director Tommy Sheppard says “We’re proud to be at the heart of the Fringe – and we’re proud that no comedian has ever lost money at the Stand during the Fringe. By keeping ticket prices down and artists’ costs low we’re defending innovation and experiment that keeps the spirit of the Fringe alive.”
With almost 900 performances in all and 80,000 tickets on sale this small city centre club remains the biggest independent producer of comedy on the Fringe.
Tickets are on sale now via The Stand’s website.