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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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 (Free) / 0131 558 7272

Anti-Valentine's Day!

Oh God, it's that time of year again. Single and sick of all the hearts, flowers and smug couples? In a smug couple, but not having when you can be romantic dictated to you, thank-you-very-much? Come laugh in a dark basement with us instead. There will be booze. With Susie McCabe, Gus Lymburn, Robin…

Tue 14 Feb

£6 (£5) / 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, Tom Lucy and host Susie McCabe.

Sun 30 Apr

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

With Jeff Innocent and Caimh McDonnell.

Sun 28 May

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

With Rudi Lickwood, Scott Gibson and host Jo Caulfield.

Benefit in Aid of Marie Curie

Marie Curie provide care and support through terminal illness for patients and families across the Lothians both at home and at their hospice. Marie Curie nurses work night and day to provide hands-on care and vital emotional support. Please join us for a fantastic night of comedy in support of their invaluable range…

Tue 21 Feb

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

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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 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 31 May

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

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!

Wed 15 Feb

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Tue 11 Apr

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Tue 9 May

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Tue 13 Jun

£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 24 Jan

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Tue 25 Apr

£5 / 0131 558 7272

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Burns Night Special

Celebrate Burns Night in style with an evening of top comedy!

Wed 25 Jan

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

With John Gillick, Jim Smith, Jamie MacDonald and host Jay Lafferty.

Sun 29 Jan

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

With Vladimir McTavish, Phil Differ, Jodie Mitchell and host Susan Morrison.

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

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

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 20 Jan

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

With Tom Stade, Noel James, Tom Toal, Kirsty Morrison and host Bruce Devlin.

Fri 27 Jan

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

With Gavin Webster, John Ross, Daisy Earl and Keiron Nicholson.

Fri 3 Feb

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

With Steve Gribbin, Andrea Hubert, Chris Conroy, Steve MCC and host Gus Lymburn.

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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

Robert Florence & Iain Connell, creators of hit BBC sketch show Burnistoun, are taking their hilarious new live show ‘Uncles' on their first Scottish tour. After a successful showing at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival in 2016 the pair are taking ‘Uncles' out on the road for limited dates around…

Sun 26 Mar

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

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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: Whine List

France's finest flâneur brings a new interactive show to the baying masses. A kind of self-help group where everyone potentially leaves more depressed. Expect louche musings, deadpan wit and Gallic superiority. As seen on BBC1's The John Bishop Show and Sky Atlantic's Set List. 'Who can resist Marcel Lucont?…

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…

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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

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 23 Jan

£3 / 0131 558 7272

With host Chris Forbes and headliner Neil McFarlane.

Mon 30 Jan

£3 / 0131 558 7272

With host Jay Lafferty and headliner Keir McAllister.

Mon 6 Feb

£3 / 0131 558 7272

With headliner Stuart Mitchell.

…and 20 more dates until 26 Jun

Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do

  • 4 stars

Edinburgh Comedy Award winning show from the Fife-born performer. Ages 16+.

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

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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 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

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

This show is about sleep. It is suitable for those who have slept. Following on from 2012's The Yellow Show, 2013's The Sky Show, 2014's The Face Show, 2015's The Water Show, award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton returns with 2016's The Sleep Show. ‘Entirely compelling to watch' Daniel Kitson ‘Just sad…

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 21 Jan

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

With Tom Stade, Noel James, Tom Toal, Kirsty Morrison and host Bruce Devlin.

Sat 28 Jan

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

With Gavin Webster, John Ross, Daisy Earl and Keiron Nicholson.

Sat 4 Feb

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

With Steve Gribbin, Andrea Hubert, Chris Conroy, Steve MCC and host Gus Lymburn.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Jun

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

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 ‘Growing Up'. Ticket money will be donated to…

Wed 1 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

With Phil O'Shea, Michael Hollingworth, Ross Leslie, Joseph Goss, Kimi Loughton and host Gary Meikle!

To ensure the maximum amount of money reaches the charity, we are not taking advance payments for this show. Tickets are £5 and can be reserved by calling our Box Office on 0131 558 7272.

Wed 1 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

With Izzy Moulder, Donald Alexander, Paul McDaniel, Devin Wallace, Stuart McPherson and host Rachel Jackson!

To ensure the maximum amount of money reaches the charity, we are not taking advance payments for this show. Tickets are £5 and can be reserved by calling our Box Office on 0131 558 7272.

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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 22 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Sun 29 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Sun 5 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

…and 20 more dates until 25 Jun

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 22 Jan

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

With Janey Godley, Robin Grainger, Pete Potter, Izzy Moudler, David Callan and host Gus Lymburn.

Sun 5 Feb

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

With Rhona McKenzie.

Sun 12 Feb

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

With Susie McCabe, Jim Park, Iain Campbell and Megan Shandley.

…and 10 more dates until 25 Jun

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 26 Jan

£10 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

With Gavin Webster, John Ross, Daisy Earl, Keiron Nicholson and host Vladimir McTavish.

Thu 2 Feb

£10 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

With Steve Gribbin, Andrea Hubert, Chris Conroy, Steve MCC and host Gus Lymburn.

Thu 9 Feb

£10 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

With Keir McAllister, Totally Wired, Stuart Mitchell, Paul McDaniel and host Susie McCabe.

…and 20 more dates until 29 Jun

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 22 Feb

£7 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 22 Mar

£7 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 19 Apr

£7 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

…and 2 more dates until 21 Jun

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 8 Feb

£5 (£4) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 5 Apr

£5 (£4) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 3 May

£5 (£4) / 0131 558 7272

Wed 7 Jun

£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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