The Stand – Proving North-East Comedy Is Well And Truly Back On It’s Feet
By Adam Clery on January 31, 2012 in Stage
Those of you with a keen eye for a shortcut will no doubt be familiar with High Bridge. The sweet cultural cleavage between the heaving bosoms of Grey Street and the Bigg Market, the thoroughfare boasts clothes shops, both vintage and trendy, an independent record shop, and a canny boozer. Oh, and brand new Stand Up Comedy club from North of the border.
As we’ve attempted to beat into your thick skulls before, comedy in the region is very much alive and well. Our recent jaunts down to both The Laughter Surgery and The Laughing Penguin have showcased both a thriving undercurrent of local talent and an ability to draw in exciting national and international acts. But howay, you’ve been reading our Comedy Gigs Of The Week, you know what I’m talking about.
The Stand though, far from being an enthusiastic promotions company occupying the city’s plethora of function rooms, is a purpose built bar and bistro that plays host to comedy (almost) every single night of the week. From showcasing regional up-and-comers at their Red Raw nights, to establishing itself as the new home for comedic big-wigs on tour, there’s been an amazing array of talent on show since its opening in October. The food’s canny as well.
Naturally, with the unmistakable sound of guffawing and the slurping of soups in our ears, we headed down to speak to venue manager Richy Freeman, as well as North-East comedy veteran and compare of the weekly Northumbrian Assembly, Gavin Webster.
So, a stand for comedy then. Hopefully not the last.
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