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Stand Academy

Hey! Fancy unleashing your funny bones? Have you wanted to try stand-up comedy, but didn’t really know where to start? Or do you know someone who would love to take to the stage as a comedian? Well, we’ve got a gift for you…

The legendary Stand Comedy Club welcomes you to our brand-new Stand Academy, where seasoned professional working comedians will be your tutors for our tough but fun bootcamp comedy course. 

It’s not for the faint hearted, but our intensive one-day course will help students create a firm foundation to start your career as a stand up, or even to use these skills in the workplace to create knock out presentations and improve your public speaking. 

You’ll have the chance to perform on the stage before a paying audience at the world-famous Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh

Places are limited to only 15, so you’ll receive fairly intensive attention! 


Microphone technique 

Or as we like to call it, how not to look like a fanny when you take the mic out of the stand

Taking the fear out of performing. 

Beat the nerves. Even the ones that make you fart. And they do. 


Working that stage, audience interaction and unarmed heckler combat

Turning your sense of humour into gags

Those stories you tell that crack everyone up? Those. Thats your material

Using those gags to structure a set

Getting you started in stand up

How the Comedy Business works


Students will be encouraged (but not bullied) into taking part at our showcase night. Using these skills learned at the Stand Academy, you could be taking the mic at the iconic Stand Comedy Club during our Showcase night. 

Your very first five minutes as a comedian could be on the same stage that launched Frankie Boyle and Kevin Bridges.


£125 (If you are purchasing as a gift, please email with details of where we should post information)


10.00am – 4pm (you do get a break for lunch)


This course is suitable for 18+ as it takes place on a licenced premises. 


Saturday 14 September 2019 | Workshop (10am -5pm)

Sunday 15 September 2019 | Workshop Showcase (4pm - 5.30pm)

Saturday 16 November 2019 | Workshop (10am -5pm)

Sunday 17 November 2019 | Workshop Showcase (4pm - 5.30pm)


Our tutors are headline standard working comedians with a wealth of experience. The course is primarily led by Susan Morrison and Jojo Sutherland, but others may drop by too. There will always be at least 2 professional regular Stand Comedy Club comics.

Susan Morrison 

Jojo Sutherland

Paul Sneddon

Jay Lafferty


Do I need experience of any kind to do the course?  


Do I have to take part in the showcase?

Nope. Some people might be interested in the writing aspect of comedy, some others may find the course invaluable to improve public speaking outside of the comedy world and yet others may just want to find out how its done. So, no, the showcase isn’t compulsory

What do I need for the course?

Just you.

Do we get fed?

We don’t offer a lunch option, but there are many great places to grab a bite surrounding the Stand, or you can bring a packed lunch. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits will be available throughout the day. 

What do we get?

You’ll come out with a set you can perform on any comedy stage. We’ll provide you with a list of open mic night and club contacts to start you on your way, AND you’ll be getting that invaluable tool of all comedians – the notebook. Every student will get a branded Stand Academy notebook and pen. 

I’ve been given this as a gift, but the date doesn’t suit. Can I change it?

Couldn’t be simpler just complete your purchase and call us on 0131 558 7272 or email we can then transfer your booking into the giftee’s name to enrol them into the course we can also gift wrap this for you (please note last postage date is Monday 17 December for Christmas). 

Do you give refunds?

We cannot give refunds but places can be transferred with advance notice onto another course date where available. 48 hours notice must be given before the course is due to start for this to take place.  

There is food served at this performance. Please find our more here

Booking Fees

Please note that all debit and credit card transactions are subject to a 80p booking fee per ticket for advance bookings online or by phone. This is capped at a maximum of £4.80 per transaction. Accepted payment methods are Visa, Mastercard, Maestro. We do not accept American Express. Please note this is a booking fee and not a surcharge. There is no booking fee applicable for in person sales made by debit, credit card or cash transactions. A maximum of 6 tickets can be purchased in one transaction online per event date. If you wish to make a larger booking, please contact our box office by phone or email 

Postage & Collection
Postage is available on most show dates for an additional £2 per transaction and tickets are sent standard delivery, 2nd class. Postage is available for UK delivery only. Tickets can also be selected to be collected at one of our box offices free of charge. 
Some productions will not allow postage and tickets will be available to collect at the venue door with valid proof of ID. Please check your booking confirmation and ticket reminders. 
Once a delivery or collection method is selected, it cannot be changed. 

Arrive Early for Seating
Tickets for the majority of our shows can be collected at the venue door upon entry however we would still advise arriving a little in advance of our door opening time. This allows you to join a queue as all venues are general admission and a mixture of seating and standing room. This is especially true for Edinburgh and Newcastle if you aim to eat in our clubs as seating with tables tend to be taken quite quickly and we can’t allocate or reserve seating in advance for that purpose. 


For Edinburgh Fringe dates during August, we advise you arrive at least 30 minutes before doors open for your selected shows to collect your festival tickets. This allows you to join a queue as all venues are general admission. All venues are seated apart from Stand 1 which is seating and standing room. There is no food service during Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


A concession rate ticket applies to 60+, Students, unemployed, benefit recipients with proof of ID upon collection.

The Stand also allow carers to go free – please just call our box office for further information an to confirm your booking. 

Refunds due to COVID-19
A Customer Credit will be made to your customer account in event of cancellations, allowing you to book for another show at a later date. 
Customer Credit will be made to your customer account for the ticket sale amount and will not include booking or postage fees.
To use your Customer Credit please email with information on the new booking you wish to make.

If a member of your party has an access requirements as part of your booking, please contact our box office or email

Carers go free in our venues, so best to make your booking with us by phone or in person. Please book in advance for these tickets as we have limited access bookings per venue and show due to listed buildings fire regulations.
Check our FAQ [hyperlink] for further information or have a look at our Virtual Venue Tours to ensure our venue is suitable for your visit.

Our box office team will always endeavour to be as helpful and understanding as possible.

We hope you enjoy the show! 

Event Details

  • Date
    17 November 2019
  • Venue
  • Price
  • Doors:
    16:00 approx
  • Starts:
    16:30 approx
  • Finishes:
    17:30 approx
  • Duration:
    60 mins approx
  • Age
    18 And Above (18+)
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