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Over the last few months we’ve all had to get used to adapting our lives and reassessing our expectations of the things we love. Some are better at this than others, of course, and when it comes to Newcastle comedy club The Stand, the idea that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ has never been so apt.

Since lockdown began The Stand have been livestreaming stand-up comedy every Saturday night, with top flight comics and local favourites performing from their homes. In addition, from both the Newcastle venue and their Edinburgh headquarters they’ve masterminded ‘behind closed doors’ livestreams and have managed to bring the warmth, energy and laughs you’d enjoy in a room full of strangers directly onto your computer screen. They’ve handled the challenges they still continue to face with ingenuity and aplomb.

The Stand have also recently launched an On Demand website, which hosts exclusive content from brilliant comedians available to rent for a few quid. Currently available (although regularly updated, and not everything is available forever) are shows from Miles Jupp, Carl Hutchinson, Matt Reed and Jonny & The Baptists.

This week they’ll also be bringing actual real-life live comedy back to their Newcastle venue, intimate shows will be hosted in their outdoor courtyard on Friday 31st and Saturday 1st August and will feature local favourite Carl Hutchinson.

While it’s hoped live performance may return in a safe and controlled way very soon, we get the feeling The Stand aren’t done innovating just yet.

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