Coming this month we’ve a real treat for you. We’re bringing the the finest acts from the fringe to your doorstep, it’s the return of the Newcastle Alternative!
Every August, the biggest and best names in comedy decamp to Edinburgh for the entire month, meaning that if you wanted to see any of the shows that the critics were raving about you had to head up North; that was until now. The Newcastle Alternative is month long series of shows at The Stand, bringing you the very best that the Fringe has to offer, without the 250 mile round trip to the Scottish capital.
Alongside our stand regulars such as Red Raw, Sod The Tories, Good Grief, Idiots Rule, The Weekend Shows, Steffen Peddies Chat Show, The Kids Comedy we’ve billed comedy royalty, boundary pushing jokers and international. Full listings and highlights are below from the
Stand-up superstars, sit alongside fresh faced newcomers, and local heroes share the bill with top transatlantic talent in what is the finest month long programme of comedy to have graced a single venue. If you’re sick of seeing the same old stuff on TV, or want the finest in funny without forking out for the Fringe, then The Newcastle Alternative is the perfect solution.
Sun 2nd Aug: Tom Stade- ‘You’re Welcome!’ ‘Every inch a star … super confidence and charisma. If comedy is the new rock‘n’roll, then Tom Stade is Keith Richards’ ***** Daily Record
Mon 3rd Aug: Craig Campbell- ‘Don’t Look Down!’ ‘Loud, beautifully crafted tales of outsider adventures’ The Independent
Tues 4th Aug (7pm): Simon Munnery ‘And Nothing But’ ‘One of the funniest, most original comedians of the past twenty years’ Guardian
Tues 4th Aug (9pm): Stewart Francis ‘Pun Gent’ ‘Five stars isn’t enough for the brilliant Count Arthur Strong’ *****
Tues 11th Aug: Tony Law ‘Frillemorphesis’ ‘One of the most delightfully … disconcerting comedians around’ **** Telegraph
Mon 17th Aug: Jamie Kilstein ‘Sober Song Rants & A Cat Story’ ‘Funny and penetrating, he’s taken Bill Hicks’ baton and run with it’ Time Out London
Tues 18th Aug: Stewart Lee ‘A Room With A Stew (SOLD OUT)’ ‘More skilful and playful than ever’ ***** Guardian
Thurs 20th Aug (7pm): Imram Yusuf ‘Super Roar Of The Under Underdog Turbo X HD Remix’ ‘Sharp, passionate, uplifting.’ **** Telegraph
Sun 23rd Aug (7pm): Mark Watson ‘Work In Progress’ ‘Belly laugh brilliant … the audience was weeping with laughter’ Time Out
Tues 25th Aug: Frankie Boyle ‘Work In Progress’ ‘Black-hearted brilliance…the chance to see him at close quarters is not to be missed’ Guardian
1st The Saturday Show: With Jeff Innocent, Suzi Ruffell, Matt Reed & More
2nd Tom Stade: You’re Welcome!
3rd Craig Campbell: Don’t Look Down
4th Simon Munnery: Nothing But (6.30pm) Stewart Francis: Pun Gent (8.45pm)
5th Red Raw: Our legendary new material night! 10 acts, £2 with Hailey Boyle
6th-8th The Weekend Shows: With Hailey Boyle, Simon Donald & More
9th: Kids Comedy Club! (12.30pm) MS Society Benefit (8.30pm)
10th: Good Grief: Edinburgh Fringe special! £3 from the best the fringe has to offer!
11th: Tony Law: Frillemorphesis!
12th: Red Raw: Our legendary new material night! 10 acts, £2 with Colin Chadwick
13th-15th: The Weekend Shows: With Ben Norris, Alfie Joey & more
17th: Jamie Kilstein: Sober Song Rants & A Cat Story
18th: Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew (SOLD OUT)
19th: Red Raw: Our legendary new material night! 10 acts, £2 with Lee Kyle
20th: Imran Yusuf: Super Roar Of The Underdog Turbo X HD Remix (6.30pm) The Suggestibles (Improv) (8.45pm)
21st-22nd: The Weekend Shows: With Michael Fabbri, Alex Boardman & More
23rd: Mark Watson: Work In Progress
24th: Sod The Tories (And Have A Nice Week): Join John Scott and his comedy coalition
25th: Frankie Boyle: Work In Progress (SOLD OUT)
26th: Red Raw: Our legendary new material night! 10 acts for just £2!
27th-29th: The Weekend Shows: With Roger Monkhouse, Andy Askins & Mandy Knight
30th: Summer Madness: Banking club day/night
31st: Sorry We’re Closed!