Out to Lunch (anyone who can come up with a better title is welcome - I'm trying to think of one)

Feature by Diana Kiernander | 11 Jan 2007
Calling all team-building tearaways and workforce wasters: established
Edinburgh venue, the Stand, is set to be the place to liven up your lunch
hour. Starting in January, the premier comedy club is inviting you to fill
up on a feast of home-cooked comedy and cuisine, in the middle of the day.
'Out to Lunch Live' is a daytime sketch show, inspired by their popular
Sunday afternoon get together, Whose Lunch is it Anyway? It promises to fill a gap in the midday entertainment market and beats sinking a cola and a mouldy croissant while hunched over your computer.

For just five pounds the venue is inviting office workers, tourists and discerning tradesmen the chance to shake up the routine rituals of any working day. Choose from a winter warming menu of traditional home-baked delights, like casseroles and stews, and wash it down with a refreshing splash of honest, funny stand-up sketches. In a further twist, the shows will be built around audience suggestions, ensuring you're still using your grey matter while away from your desk.

It's a world-first to offer a regular, daytime comedy show and The Stand is
understandably proud of their coup. Their reputation has been built on
innovation and experimentation and this is an awesome start to a brand new

Flying in the face of recent newspaper reports that suggest a whopping
eighty per cent of us are opting out of a leisurely lunchtime break, The Stand insists it can cater for your entertainment and energy needs in under an hour. "The shows are deliberately timed so that office workers can leave their desk at 1pm and be back for 2pm," says a Stand spokesperson.

So there you have it. Socialising at work without the small talk slog, and a heady mix of feel-good laughter endorphins sprinkled over your main. Now you just have to hope the workaholic MD, who never 'does lunch', sees the funny side.
*Capital One (Financial firm) survey, 2006 http://www.thestand.co.uk