The Stand

The Stand
The Stand
5 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EB
  • Box office 0131 558 7272
  • General enquiries 0131 558 7272
  • Seasonal times Festival variations
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 7.30pm–1am; Fri/Sat 7pm–1am.
  • Food served Thu 7.30–8.30pm; Fri/Sat 7–8.30pm; Sun 12.30–1.30pm..
  • Average price £11 (evening meal)
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  • Website www.thestand.co.uk

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The Stand is every inch the classic comedy club, and one that comics love to play. Its basement location is dark and a little dingy, but the music and the crowd are upbeat and there’s plenty on offer to line the stomach before indulging in a little merriment. The menu is mostly a tribute to the Mexican art of folding and toasting tortillas in various ways, with nachos, burritos and the cheesiest Philly cheese steak tacos known to man, all served with a fresh salad to reduce the subsequent risk of heart attack, plus some particularly good chunky chips to bring it back up again. Potato lovers will appreciate the rooster skins, generously filled with the likes of meat or veg chilli, or barbeque pulled pork. There’s also a fine bar selection to help the laughter along, including a house brew by Belhaven and a decent assortment of wines and spirits.

  • High point: A great night out
  • Low point: If you don’t queue early , you’ll probably end up standing
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses)
  • Live entertainment: Comedy 7 nights a week
  • Capacity: 100 seated (plus 60 standing)
  • Largest group: Group booking at box office discretion, not keen on stag and hen parties etc.
  • Open since: 1995
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £16.50 per bottle

Event times

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Am I Right Ladies!?

Comedy phenomenon Luisa Omielan is bringing her smash hit show 'Am I Right Ladies!?' to Brighton. Her first show 'What Would Beyonce Do?!' was hailed as 'one of the biggest stand up hits of the last decade’ (The Guardian) and was launched on BBC3 as a stand up special and this is the follow up! Her joke on the Thigh…

Sun 29 Oct

Andy Zaltzman: Plan Z

One half of the satirical podcast The Bugle is back with a show encompassing national identity, hope, fear and live action democracy.

Sun 14 May

£12 / 0131 558 7272

Bank Holiday Special

Celebrate the Bank Holiday in style with a night of top comedy!

Sun 16 Apr

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

With Steve Hall, Chris Forbes, Tom Lucy and host Susie McCabe.

Sun 30 Apr

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

With Jeff Innocent, Caimh McDonnell and host Susan Morrison.

Sun 28 May

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

With Rudi Lickwood, Johnny Candon, Christopher MacArthur-Boyd and host Jo Caulfield.

Benefit in Aid of Abused Men in Scotland

Abused Men in Scotland is a charity supporting men experiencing domestic abuse. They run a national helpline and offer a dedicated one to one support service in Edinburgh. Please join us for a brilliant night of comedy in support of their important work. With five acts TBC! To ensure the maximum donation goes…

Tue 20 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Benefit in Aid of Pilton Community Health Project

Pilton Community Health Project has been working in the Pilton area since 1984 - that makes it the oldest community health project in Scotland. We use a social model of health - looking at how health is affected by everyday life and is as much about the quality of your emotional and social situation as about your…

Tue 18 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Benefit in aid of RNIB

The Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland works on behalf of 180,000 people living with sight loss. This show will help raise funds for their Talking Book Service. RNIB supports blind and partially sighted children and adults across Edinburgh and the Lothians by providing rehabilitation and social work…

Tue 28 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Benefit in Aid of The Cyrenians

Cyrenians mission is to support people excluded from family, home, work or community on their life journey. Their 36 services support a diverse range of ages and backgrounds and aim to support people whilest helping to create an inclusive society. Please join us for a brilliant night of comedy in support of their vital…

Wed 12 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Benefit in Aid of Voluntary Service Overseas

VSO Voluntary Service Overseas is an international development organisation that uses volunteers to fight poverty. They work at improving education, health and livelihoods in 24 low income countries. Join us for a fantastic night of comedy in support of their vital work. With five acts TBC! To ensure the maximum…

Tue 16 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Best of Scottish Comedy

Talk about doing what it says on the tin! Here you go a carload of simply the best comics on the contemporary Scottish circuit. At least four acts on every bill with seasoned headliners joining forces with newer kids on the comedy block each month.

Wed 28 Jun

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Bona Fide

Bona Fide is a new show which asks the cream of Scotland's comics to prove their worth by performing material written especially for the theme of the night. You will have never heard any of this before - you probably won't again. Every night is for one night only!

Tue 11 Apr

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Tue 9 May

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Tue 13 Jun

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Tue 11 Jul

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Bright Club

The freshest thing in stand-up – straight from the (research) field to funny with a new crop of comedic academics from Scotland's universities every month. Authoritatively original and brilliantly entertaining. We don't discriminate by subject, experience or fame: we just pick brilliant people, telling jokes and funny…

Tue 25 Apr

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Tue 25 Jul

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Carl Donnelly: Bad Man Tings

Join Carl Donnelly for an all new hour of funnies as he takes us through his thoughts on reaching the ripe old age of 34, the age that is statistically the happiest of your life. Following the mess that was his late twenties and early thirties (involving divorce, depression, hallucinogens and worse) Carl has now seemingly…

Wed 15 Mar

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

Carl Hutchinson LIVE

Multi-award winning and one of the UK's most in-demand comedians today, Carl is sure to put on a great night of comedy as he always does.

Wed 17 May

£10 / 0131 558 7272

Comedy Kids

Tribe Porty Youth Theatre will have you rolling in the aisles! 8 brave mini comedians will don the iconic Stand stage to dazzle you with their comic timing, reduce you to tears with hilarious sketches and blow you away with their pint sized stand up routines. Age ain't nothing but a number. Come and join us for an…

Sat 25 Mar

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure 333 - (Performance in English)

SORRY! THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT - PLEASE CHECK FUTURE DATES FOR AVAILABILITY. To be first in the know about hot ticket events, why not become a member! Click here to find out more! Eddie will perform his Force Majeure show 3 times in 3 languages over 3 one hour shows. (This Performance in English) Eddie Izzard…

Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure 333 - (Performance in French)

Eddie will perform his Force Majeure show 3 times in 3 languages over 3 one hour shows. (This Performance in French) Eddie Izzard first performed his 333 shows in Caen, Normandy on 6 June 2014 for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide The Stand has a strict policy against ticket…

Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure 333 - (Performance in German)

Eddie will perform his Force Majeure show 3 times in 3 languages over 3 one hour shows. (This Performance in German) Eddie Izzard first performed his 333 shows in Caen, Normandy on 6 June 2014 for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide The Stand has a strict policy against ticket…

Fern Brady: Live US Album Recording

Be a part of the live recording of Fern Brady's second solo show ‘Male Comedienne', a show which sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe through word of mouth alone. This show is being recorded for distribution in America by Comedy Dynamics who've produced albums and Netflix specials for the likes of Louis CK, Bill Burr and Doug…

Sun 26 Mar

Foil Arms and Hog - DoomDah

Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, you racist. Ireland's top comedy trio. Sold out Edfringe 2009-2016. Over ten million hits on YouTube. Foil, Arms and Hog present a delicious blend of bizarre, surreal and hilarious comedy scenes with outrageous…

Wed 12 Apr

Frankie Boyle: Work in Progress

SORRY! THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT - PLEASE CHECK FUTURE DATES FOR AVAILABILITY. To be first in the know about hot ticket events, why not become a member! Click here to find out more! Glasgow Shows 27th Feb 19th June 26th June 28th June Edinburgh Shows 30th May 31st May 4th June 6th June…

Tue 30 May

£15 (£12) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 31 May

£15 (£12) / 0131 558 7272

Sun 4 Jun

£15 (£12) / 0131 558 7272

…and 6 more dates until 23 Jul

The Friday Show

Let your hair down at the end of the week with fabulous fun this Friday. We've put together a prime stand-up show with five of the best acts on the Scottish and International circuits. We open from 7pm so you can take advantage of our lovely home- cooked food too.

Fri 3 Mar

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

With Glenn Wool, Jonny Pelham, Gareth Waugh, Rachel Jackson and host Stuart Murphy.

Fri 10 Mar

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

With Simon Munnery, Eddy Brimson, Dylan Gott and host Jay Lafferty.

Fri 17 Mar

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

With Andrew Stanley, Ray Bradshaw, Liam Withnail, Bob Graham and host Susan Morrison.

…and 19 more dates until 28 Jul

Gavin Webster’s Northern Hemisphere Tour

After a successful World Tour last year in FIVE different worldwide venues from South Durham to North Tyneside, Gavin Webster the self styled, joke engineering, Geordie King of the service stations brings his Northern Hemisphere tour to Edinburgh Stand on April 26th. Expect a packed hour of biting, sneering satire with…

Wed 26 Apr

Iain Connell and Robert Florence: Uncles

SORRY, SOLD OUT! If there are any uncollected tickets they will go back on sale on the door 15 mins before the show starts. Please note that it will be standing room only by this point. Robert Florence & Iain Connell, creators of hit BBC sketch show Burnistoun, are taking their hilarious new live show ‘Uncles' on…

Sun 26 Mar

Sun 9 Apr

Iain Stirling: Onwards!

Iain Stirling explores the perception of his generation within today’s society and looks at their function within it.

Sun 12 Mar

£12 / 0131 558 7272

Jonny & The Baptists: Eat The Poor

Three quarters of MPs are millionaires. A third of the country lives below the poverty line. Whatever your politics, Jonny & the Baptists think it's worth talking about. Fresh from a smash hit Edinburgh Fringe premiere, Eat The Poor is a riotously funny musical comedy about inequality, revolution, friendship and…

Tue 23 May

Josh Howie’s Messed Up

Fresh from creating and starring in his own BBC Radio 4 sitcom and having performed his unique brand of painfully honest stand-up at the top comedy clubs and festivals in the UK and internationally, Josh Howie is embarking on his first UK tour. It might not be easy living with him and it's not easy being him, but it is…

Sun 26 Feb

Josie Long: Something Better

The politically astute Sidcup-born comedian, who took part in the Channel 4 show Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls as part of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign, waxes lyrical about optimism, hopefulness and the giddy joys of surrounding yourself with people you can look up to.

Wed 8 Mar

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

Larry Dean: Farcissist

After an incredible year in which he performed at Edinburgh, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals, appeared on Live From The BBC and Comedy Central's Live From The Comedy Store, award-winning comedian Larry Dean embarks on his debut UK tour. Off the back of a break-up and facing the introspection that such a…

Sun 19 Mar

£8 / 0131 558 7272

Lee Kyle - Burning This Place to the Ground

Come and see Lee Kyle do his show, it's good. Mind you, this is him typing this so he's bound to say that. If you have seen him do comedy and liked it, you might like this show, if you have seen him and thought he was rubbish, this might change your mind I suppose, probably not. If you don't rate him, I'm perplexed as…

Tue 28 Feb

Marcel Lucont's Whine List

The 2012 Amused Moose Award-winning alter-ego of Buckinghamshire-born Alexis Dubus offers arrogant musings on culture and Gallic superiority.

Sun 21 May

£14 (£12) / 0131 558 7272

Martin Mor: Funny Stuff For Happy People

Kids! Do you need somewhere to take your adults without them getting bored and going in a huff? Bring them to FUNNY STUFF FOR HAPPY PEOPLE where the adults can have just as good a time as the kids. An hour of comedy, circus, storytelling, poetry and stupid science. This show is suitable for children and adults of…

Patrick Monahan - That 80s Show

A fun filled first half full of games and dancing warms up for the second half which is That 80s Show making a great night out! It's the 1980's and Patrick's Irish Iranian family arrive in Teesside escaping from the Iran war. Patrick's memories and reminiscences of being an immigrant to Great Britain combined with…

Sun 7 May

£14 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

Phill Jupitus- Work in Progress

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus as he tries out new material ahead of Edinburgh Fringe! Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC2's pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Aside from Never Mind the Buzzcocks and live…

Sun 5 Mar

Red Raw

Our long-running weekly beginner's showcase is regarded as the best open mic night in the UK. Catch up to ten new acts – some treading the boards for the very first time. This is where everyone starts and it's your chance to see the stars of tomorrow today. Watch out for older hands dropping in to try out new material too.

Mon 27 Feb

£3 / 0131 558 7272

With host Gus Lymburn and headliner Gareth Waugh.

Mon 6 Mar

£3 / 0131 558 7272

With host Ray Bradshaw and headliner Susie McCabe.

Mon 13 Mar

£3 / 0131 558 7272

With host Rachel Jackson and headliner Jamie Dalgleish.

…and 20 more dates until 31 Jul

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

  • 4 stars

Edinburgh Comedy Award winning show from the Fife-born performer.

Tue 14 Mar

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

Richard Herring: The Best

A 'best of' compilation from the comedian as he picks the best jokes from his last 12 shows.

Tue 21 Mar

Richard Melvin Presents: More Radio Recordings!

Richard Melvin Presents another night of radio recordings on The Stand's world famous tiny stage. Expect big names and rising stars.

Tue 7 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Tue 4 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Tue 2 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Rob Auton: The Sleep Show

  • 3 stars

A show about sleep from the York-born stand-up.

Wed 29 Mar

The Saturday Show

Our fabulous flagship Saturday show has been sold out every week for the past five years. And no wonder- it's the best night out in Edinburgh. Five different acts on every bill including our top drawer resident comperes and the best headliners from the UK and abroad. And we're open from 7pm so you can take advantage of…

Sat 4 Mar

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

With Glenn Wool, Jonny Pelham, Gareth Waugh, Rachel Jackson and host Stu Murphy.

Sat 11 Mar

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

With Simon Munnery, Eddy Brimson, Dylan Gott and host Janey Godley.

Sat 18 Mar

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

With Andrew Stanley, Ray Bradshaw, Eleanor Tiernan, Bob Graham and host Martin Mor.

…and 19 more dates until 29 Jul

The Song of Fergus and Kate

£16 FAMILY TICKET (2 ADULTS, 2 KIDS/1 ADULT, 3 KIDS) AVAILABLE BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE ON 0131 558 7272 Watch This Space Productions Presents: The Song of Fergus and Kate “I'm a monster” Fergus admitted, “you'd better go and let me be” but the girl said “I've never met a monster, come out and let me see.” Do…

Sat 1 Apr

Stand Spotlight - Family - In Aid of Dr Bell's Family Centre

For each Stand Spotlight we invite some of the best up and coming comedians to shine a light on a different topic, tying in with our charity theme. Be the first to see this brand new material – and your ticket money goes to a good cause! This show will centre on the topic ‘Family'. Ticket money will be donated to the…

Wed 10 May

Stand Spotlight - Sex - In Aid of Health Opportunities Team

For each Stand Spotlight we invite some of the best up and coming comedians to shine a light on a different topic, tying in with our charity theme. Be the first to see this brand new material – and your ticket money goes to a good cause! This show will centre on the topic ‘Sex'. Ticket money will be donated to the…

Wed 1 Mar

Stand Spotlight - The Future - In Aid of Fresh Start

For each Stand Spotlight we invite some of the best up and coming comedians to shine a light on a different topic, tying in with our charity theme. Be the first to see this brand new material – and your ticket money goes to a good cause! This show will centre on the topic ‘The Future'. Ticket money will be donated to…

Tue 27 Jun

Stu & Garry's Free Improv Show

Our long-running improvised comedy show will have you in stitches. Marvel as resident duo Stu & Garry weave comedy magic from your suggestions. It's the perfect way to nurse a hangover and a sure-fire way to kick-start your weekend after the big night out. There's a special menu too so you'll be in danger of laughing…

Sun 26 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Sun 5 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Sun 12 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

…and 20 more dates until 30 Jul

The Sunday Night Laugh-In

Round off the weekend with our comedy cocktail which has the emphasis on the chilled and the laid back. At least five acts on each bill ensure variety and great value.

Sun 5 Mar

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

With Stuart Mitchell, Rachel Jackson, Ross Leslie, Donald Alexander, Kevin McFadden and host Jay Lafferty.

Sun 2 Apr

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

With Hailey Boyle, Christopher MacArthur-Boyd, Joseph Goss, David Callan, Alex Kealy and host Chris Forbes.

Sun 23 Apr

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

With Ray Bradshaw, Rob Kane, Kirsty Morrison, Larah Bross and host Christopher MacArthur-Boyd.

…and 8 more dates until 30 Jul

The Thursday Show

The weekend starts here! Five acts on a two hour stand-up showcase. Featuring our ace comperes, the best headliners on the circuit, several support acts and a short spot for a newcomer. Great show and great value as it's usually the same line-up as our premium Saturday night show for a fiver less. Come down early and take…

Thu 2 Mar

£10 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

With Glenn Wool, Jonny Pelham, Gareth Waugh, Rachel Jackson and host Stuart Murphy.

Thu 9 Mar

£10 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

With Simon Munnery, Eddy Brimson, Dylan Gott and host Jay Lafferty.

Thu 16 Mar

£10 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

With Andrew Stanley, Ray Bradshaw, Eleanor Tiernan, Bob Graham and host Martin Mor.

…and 19 more dates until 27 Jul

Topical Storm

Bulletin Board Caledonia presents Mark Nelson, Keir McAllister, Stuart Murphy and Vladimir McTavish in Topical Storm Satirical Comedy for a Radical Scotland Following the success of Aye Right? How No? at the 2014 Fringe, and in a post-referendum, post-2015 election society, McTavish, Nelson and McAllister return…

Wed 19 Apr

£7 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 24 May

£7 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 21 Jun

£7 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 19 Jul

£7 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Viva La Shambles

Come join anarchic makers of madness Viva La Shambles for their monthly night of chaotic live comedy. A collective of Edinburgh's top comics join forces to provide an evenings worth of entertainment, with the emphasis on the alternative. A creative playground for comedians to try the weird, strange and downright silly. A…

Wed 5 Apr

£5 (£4) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 3 May

£5 (£4) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 7 Jun

£5 (£4) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 5 Jul

£5 (£4) / 0131 558 7272

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Comments & ratings

1. Mick. MBE26 Jan 2010, 6:57pm4 stars The Stand Report

Allthough late on stage a great afternoons entertaiment was delivered by Stu and Gary, fantastic use of the audience and superb ad lib skills.

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