Covid hasn’t been a laughing matter for anyone, and its latest economic victim could be the famous Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh and its namesake in Glasgow.
Scores of comedians began their careers at the venue on York Place. However the financial constraints from lockdown mean that redundancy notices are being issued and reserves are being depleted to keep the business afloat.
In pre-Covid times thousands of guests at the Stand Comedy Club enjoyed the infectious humour from the stage and contagious laughter of the audience. My friend the comedian Matt Forde says his gig at The Stand was the best of his tour last year. Performers including Frankie Boyle, Kevin Bridges, Limmy and Fern Brady are among the comics who are calling for a bail-out from the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland.
The Stand Comedy Club was co-founded and run by my former SNP MP colleague Tommy Sheppard who has written at length in the Edinburgh Evening News about the need for means to protect the venue through hibernation, support a sustainable business plan, and prioritise progress for restart and recovery.
Edinburgh’s cultural venues are all under immense financial pressure. Comedy sadly comes down the priority list for some people when considering the cultural community.
Having already done much to support the arts through the lockdown it would be great to see Creative Scotland stand by the Stand Comedy Club.
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