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: extended hours and venues.
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 7.30pm–1am; Fri/Sat 7pm–1am; Sun 12.30–4pm, 7.30pm–1am.
  • Food served Thu 7.30–8.30pm; Fri/Sat 7–8.30pm; Sun 12.30–3.30pm.
  • Average price £13 (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)
  • Music on stereo: Mix upbeat tunes.
  • 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.
  • Open since: 1995
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £17 per bottle

Events at this venue

There are 32 events at this location

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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 / 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, Robin Grainger and host Susie McCabe.

Sun 30 Apr

£10 (£9) / 0131 558 7272

With Jeff Innocent, Caimh McDonnell, Stuart Mitchell, Ross Leslie 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 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 Jojo Sutherland, Gus Lymburn, Robin…

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 2 May

£5 / 0131 558 7272

Tue 25 Jul

£5 / 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

Foil Arms and Hog - DoomDah

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. Irish comedy, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, potato, you racist. Ireland's top…

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! A continuation of last year's work in progress show, so if you saw that, maybe give someone else a shot?

Tue 4 Jul

£15 (£12) / 0131 558 7272

With support.

Sun 16 Jul

£15 (£12) / 0131 558 7272

Tue 18 Jul

£15 (£12) / 0131 558 7272

With support.

Sun 23 Jul

£15 (£12) / 0131 558 7272

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 31 Mar

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

With John Moloney, Stephen Carlin, Liam Withnail, Marc Jennings and host JoJo Sutherland.

Fri 7 Apr

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

With Hailey Boyle, John Gillick, Alfie Brown, Jodie Mitchell and host Raymond Mearns.

Fri 14 Apr

£12 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

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

…and 15 more dates until 28 Jul

Gavin Webster’s Northern Hemisphere Tour

Edgy storytelling and provocative humour.

Wed 26 Apr

Jonny & the Baptists: Eat the Poor

Songs, satire and silliness from Jonny & the Baptists.

Tue 23 May

Marcel Lucont's Whine List

Alexis Dubus's quick-witted Gallic alter ego muses on mortality, masculinity and his own magnificence.

Sun 21 May

£14 (£12) / 0131 558 7272

Patrick Monahan: That 80s Show

80s themed stand-up, fun, games and dancing.

Sun 7 May

£14 (£10) / 0131 558 7272

Paul Chowdhry: Live Innit

The Lafta funniest stand-up award winner of 2013 tackles more observational stuff in his latest show.

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 3 Apr

£3 / 0131 558 7272

With headliner Hailey Boyle.

Mon 10 Apr

£3 / 0131 558 7272

With host George Fox and headliner Bruce Fummey.

Mon 17 Apr

£3 / 0131 558 7272

With headliner Jamie MacDonald.

…and 15 more dates until 31 Jul

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 25 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Richard Melvin Presents: More Radio Recordings! - Fred At The Stand for BBC Radio 4

Richard Melvin Presents another night of radio recordings on The Stand's world famous tiny stage. Expect big names and rising stars. Come and join Fred MacAulay as he records more episodes of his brand new BBC Radio 4 series. This week, Fred's joined by multi award winner Zoe Lyons, television's Gary Delaney, actual…

Rob Auton: The Sleep Show

  • 3 stars

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

Wed 29 Mar

Robert Florence and Iain Connell: Uncles

Robert Florence and Iain Connell put the world to rights over a pint or two.

Sun 9 Apr

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 1 Apr

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

Sat 8 Apr

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

Sat 15 Apr

£17.50 / 0131 558 7272

…and 15 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 - 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 2 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Sun 9 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

Sun 16 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 558 7272

…and 15 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 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.

Sun 11 Jun

£6 (£5) / 0131 558 7272

With John Gordillo, Donald Alexander, Bryan Ghosh and host Fern Brady.

…and 7 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 30 Mar

£10 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

With John Moloney, Stephen Carlin, Liam Withnail, Marc Jennings and host JoJo Sutherland.

Thu 6 Apr

£10 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

With Hailey Boyle, John Gillick, Alfie Brown, Jodie Mitchell and host Raymond Mearns.

Thu 13 Apr

£10 (£7) / 0131 558 7272

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

…and 15 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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