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The Stand's 160-capacity basement space is at its uproarious best at the big weekend shows; arrive early for a good seat. But this is a seven-day operation, and the feelgood weekday shows are full of surprises. Established performers such as Miles Jupp and Craig Hill cut their teeth at Monday's popular Red Raw newcomers' night (£2); other shows focus on sketch comedy, satire, female comics and even gay comedy. Sunday afternoons have a more laid-back vibe, with battered sofas, a simple menu and improvised comedy. During the Fringe, the Stand takes over a number of additional spaces in the area.

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Stand details

5 York Place

Area West End & New Town

Transport Playhouse or Princes Street buses

Telephone 0131 558 7272

Stand website

Shows 8.30pm (doors 7.30pm) Mon-Wed; 9pm (doors 7pm) Thur-Sat; 1pm (doors 12.30pm), 8.30pm (doors 7.30pm) Sun.

Tickets free-£13.

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