“Another piece of comedy history will be sold by auction to raise money for the comedians of the future” – Mike Jones, Managing Director
Following the sale by live auction of the original cowboy backdrop from The Stand’s Edinburgh venue during Fringe 2022, another of The Stand’s iconic backdrops is up for sale, this one from the Glasgow club established in 2000 where Kevin Bridges got his start.
Comedy fans will be able to bid via an online auction from 9am, Monday February 5, 2024, until the auction closes at 7.30pm, on Thursday February 15 . For more details and to enter, visit https://www.thestand.co.uk/auction.
Proceeds from the sale of the iconic backdrop will support the continued delivery of events by The Stand’s charitable organisation Stand Education Ltd., which works with local primary schools to encourage young people to write and perform comedy. It gives them a chance to perform on the same iconic stage that launched the careers of Scottish comedy titans like Frankie Boyle, Fern Brady and Daniel Sloss. The sale of the first backdrop in Edinburgh raised £7,500.
Since the first auction which raised the start-up costs, Stand Education has run three projects across Scotland, all led by long-time resident comedian Jay Lafferty (Breaking the News, Scot Squad). In June 2022, they worked with Carnock Primary School, Dunfermline in which their P6 & P7 students took to the stage for the first time.
Daniel Sloss on The Stand: “Without the Stand, I would never have had the opportunity to perform live when I was ready to. And it isn't just about the stage time they offer - it's combined with the feedback and encouragement of an institution and staff that knows comedy back to front.
“They keep you right and point you in the right direction. And they tear you down when they have to. Honest and constructive criticism, one of the most valuable things to a new comedian developing their own voice.
“The Stand's legacy is everywhere to be seen - live, online, onscreen. They provide a safe space for people with fresh (and hopefully original) voices to start out and develop, and a place for more seasoned acts to try new material as well as the opportunity for all levels of comedians to mingle backstage.
“The Stand is not only vital for live comedy but it's also a national treasure that needs and deserves ongoing support from audiences and also from acts once they become more successful so the legacy is able to continue.”
Kevin Bridges on The Stand: “The Stand is my comedy home and still the best club in the world.”
The artist, painter Thomas ‘Mac’ Macgregor, was involved in setting up the club and his work has been permanently on display in the Edinburgh venue since 1998. A recent finalist on Sky Arts’s Portrait Artist of the Year, old family photos of his younger brother Dave in costume as a cowboy served as the inspiration for his oil paintings which featured in his BA degree show at Edinburgh College of Art some 25 years ago. One - a miniature cowboy - was purchased by Johnny Vegas.
The backdrop is 3.65 metres wide by 2.45 metres tall and oil-painted onto three wooden panels that will be dismounted. Please note that the artwork is sold as seen. Transport will have to be organised by the buyer and the buyer accepts any and all responsibility for damage caused in transit.
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