31 High Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
At long last The Stand Comedy Club Newcastle is finally open providing quality food, drink and comedy in what we think is already the best place for comedy in England.
We'll be open six nights a week to start with but it won't belong until you'll be able to come see great affordable comedy 7 nights a week. Check out what's coming up.The Stand Bistro is also open all week providing great quality food at amazingly low prices - it's a great place to come grab a scone and a coffee for lunch or why not try out a pre-theatre menu with 2 courses for £10 or 3 course for only £12.50.
The club set itself the aim of promoting the development of live comedy in Scotland (and now North East England) in general and adopted the following objectives which remain unchanged to this day: maintaining a regular venue with high quality entertainment at a price potential audiences can afford; encouraging new performers by creating a comfortable, friendly atmosphere in which to get started and develop skills; encouraging new writing and performance which contributes to, and reflects, contemporary Scottish (and North East) culture.
The club ran every Thursday night throughout the autumn/winter of 1995/6 and we made sure we took the names of everyone who came through the door. We steadily built up a list of local contacts and posted out a newsletter and ticket offers every couple of weeks. Drawing on a small pool of local talent the challenge was to make sure bills were kept varied and fresh so that audiences wouldn't tire of coming back. We knew that bringing in acts from further afield would require a bigger room and a bigger audience to make the figures stack up, so the hunt was on for a larger venue. By May 1996 the club opened a second weekly venue in the slightly larger Tennents Tavern pub Zabets Moscow Bar. That November, the Moscow Bar closed to be refurbished and changed into the Ivanhoe (now lying derelict opposite Jenners), and the club moved to the more central and larger still Tron Ceilidh House. At the end of 1997 a third weekly club started on Sundays. In April 1997 Tommy Sheppard and Jane Mackay, formed a limited company - Salt ‘n' Sauce Promotions Ltd - to develop the club on a commercial basis. Those involved in getting the club up and running wished them well though many cautioned that money couldn't be made out of comedy and they were likely to lose their savings. Tommy and Jane put together a business plan, invested their own savings, identified city centre premises, and raised the capital for refurbishment. In March 1998, after two and a half years of staging shows in various public houses, the club moved to a new purpose built venue at 5 York Place, on the edge of the city's New Town, and just five minutes walk from Princes Street. From a standing start, the Edinburgh club has gone from strength to strength. It is now recognised as one of the leading comedy venues in Britain. The Edinburgh venue stages up to ten shows per week and sells out more often than not. It is also the fourth largest comedy venue in the world's largest arts festival - the Edinburgh Festival fringe.
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