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SUC Archive: Stand Up Comedy Relocation, 2014

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SUC Archive: Stand Up Comedy Relocation, 2014

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Build out begins at Stand Up Comedy’s new 511 SW Broadway (2014) location after lease signing. A nearly 6-month process that sees the birth of a child, the move of a home, and the start of a new chapter for a small, family business.

SUC Archive: Stand Up Comedy Receipt Book, 2015

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SUC Archive: Stand Up Comedy Receipt Book, 2015

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Stand Up Comedy relocates from the east side of Portland to its current downtown location in 2015. Shortly thereafter, it retires the analog sales system of handwritten carbon sales receipts. A charming, labor intensive and error-ridden system that requires many printed materials. Every employee at the store has horrible handwriting.

SUC Archive: SUC Rabbit and Rat Clip Art, 2015

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SUC Archive: SUC Rabbit and Rat Clip Art, 2015

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SUC Clip Art (2015) for an email newsletter. A rat films a rabbit through a camcorder, while an empty cloud bubble hangs over the scene. An early work commissioned from the clip artist, who will go on to create many more memorable and head scratching images for the store.

SUC Archive: Come Tees, 2016

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SUC Archive: Come Tees, 2016

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Come Tees (CA) greets you at the store entrance on this wintery day in 2016. Rose Mackey, our then manager, is wearing a pair of the now legendary jeans. What you don’t see is the baby crawling beneath the clothing rack as Rose smiles beatifically. This day is distinct because it is during the busy holiday season and a crew of shoplifters attempted to make off with the featured merchandise.

SUC Archive: Rowena Sartin/IKO IKO, 2016

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SUC Archive: Rowena Sartin/IKO IKO, 2016

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Rowena Sartin/Iko Iko (CA) makes their Stand Up Comedy window debut (2016) with a series of home-referencing objects, namely, all manner of pillowcases made with luxurious crushed silk and utilitarian muslins. Extra long and exaggerated or converted into peplum bags, they mash up utilitarian and decorative ideas, useful or beautiful or both.

SUC Archive: Rowena Sartin/IKO IKO detail, 2016

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SUC Archive: Rowena Sartin/IKO IKO detail, 2016

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A close up image of the tags attached to the pillowcase objects made by Rowena Sartin/Iko Iko for the Stand Up Comedy windows (2016). A replica of the long, often confounding tags one finds attached to bed linens and mattresses, the artist uses this space to share thoughts on the internal questions one might ask while at rest(lessness).

SUC Archive: Stand Up Comedy Homepage, 2016

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SUC Archive: Stand Up Comedy Homepage, 2016

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In 2016, Stand Up Comedy closed its original Indexhibit website (shopstandingup.us) and launched standupcomedytoo.com. This new site, designed by Scott Ponik, retains much of the same DNA in its feeling of analog uselessness.

SUC Archive: SUC Life Clip Art, 2016

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SUC Archive: SUC Life Clip Art, 2016

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SUC Clip Art (2016) for an email newsletter touches on themes important to the store, namely pleasure (wine), effort (tornado), work (edits), and vice (lipstick). All linked, all life, all the time.

SUC Archive: Martiniano Stretched, 2017

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SUC Archive: Martiniano Stretched, 2017

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This image from 2017 features the classic Martiniano High Glove shoe, which has been a staple for many years in the store. The image is shot by Melissa Doran and Honey Owens, and manipulated by Scott Ponik for an email newsletter. The purpose of the email is to promote newly marked down styles. Mr. Ponik designed the newsletter with an enticement to access these lower prices at the top, and invites the receiver to scroll to the bottom where a link is offered to reap the reward.

SUC Archive: Leigh Miller Jewelry, 2017

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SUC Archive: Leigh Miller Jewelry, 2017

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In 2016, Stand Up Comedy closed its original Indexhibit website (shopstandingup.us) and launched standupcomedytoo.com. This new site, designed by Scott Ponik, retains much of the same DNA in its feeling of analog uselessness.

SUC Archive: Suzanne Rae/Mae Elvis Kaufman, 2017

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SUC Archive: Suzanne Rae/Mae Elvis Kaufman, 2017

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In spring 2017, the Stand Up Comedy window displays video work by Mae Elvis Kaufman for designer Suzanne Rae. The piece satirizes 80s daytime television aimed at women and their supposed interests, and presciently, the birth of multilevel marketing. All featuring Ms. Rae’s popular Feminist Kimono dress.

SUC Archive: Samma, 2017

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SUC Archive: Samma, 2017

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The Stand Up Comedy window features an installation by the jeweler Samma (2017). Delicate chains are hung to balance between shadow and light, emphasizing negative space through patterning and materiality. Photo by Melanie Flood.

SUC Archive: Stand Up Comedy Holiday by Manu Torres, 2017

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SUC Archive: Stand Up Comedy Holiday by Manu Torres, 2017

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Holiday decorations celebrating winter 2017 adorn the shop’s normally stark security gates. Floral designer Manu Torres is tasked with creating a harmonious seasonal message that is beautiful to view without being sentimental.

SUC Archive: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 2018

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SUC Archive: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 2018

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A headshot of Julia Louis-Dreyfus from one of her lesser known roles, Eileen Swift from the sitcom Day by Day (1988). This image was used by us in 2018 because Louis-Dreyfus is an actor who has been an inspirational figure to the store, starring in an objectively tedious show, that is related to a formative one (Family Ties), and a ubiquitous production company whose theme is permanently seared into the subconscious (sit Ubu sit; good dog).

SUC Archive: SUC Casual Fridays Clip Art, 2018

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SUC Archive: SUC Casual Fridays Clip Art, 2018

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SUC Clip Art (2018) for a “casual Fridays” themed newsletter, aimed at convincing subscribers that office wear should be as expressive as weekend attire.

SUC Archive: Anntian Silver Food, 2019

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SUC Archive: Anntian Silver Food, 2019

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A headshot of Julia Louis-Dreyfus from one of her lesser known roles, Eileen Swift from the sitcom Day by Day (1988). This image was used by us in 2018 because Louis-Dreyfus is an actor who has been an inspirational figure to the store, starring in an objectively tedious show, that is related to a formative one (Family Ties), and a ubiquitous production company whose theme is permanently seared into the subconscious (sit Ubu sit; good dog).

Stand Up Comedy* Personals
June 29 – November 10, 2024

80WSE/Broadway Windows*
80 Washington Square East/Broadway at East 10th Street
New York, NY

I have always thought of Stand Up Comedy (b. 2007) as a container. And this container would hold ideas representative of daily life, expressed through styles, labor, and a very small portion of culture as it influences our world. The minute aspect is emphasized, as the specificity of the focus is a way to engage productively with more dominant forces. It is a way to bring some kind of order to a continuous nagging feeling of disquiet that people who are interested in such things often experience. This feeling is sometimes distressing, mostly pleasurable, and always distracting. The store is not comprehensive in its interpretation of what is happening now. But through our trust in the designers and artists who’ve been foundational to this SUC way of thinking, we’ve attempted to de-center some of the established order of how to look and what to see. These individuals have helped to further refine our container, keeping its boundaries fluid, and energetic. No ideal form of a shop exists, but we try to hold the raindrops in our hands, to give those instincts a home to land, and scatter.

—Diana Kim, Stand Up Comedy 

With:

69
Bless
pelican avenue
IKO IKO/Kristin Dickson-Okuda
O-R-G
Flint Jamison
Scott Ponik
Julie Peeters
Alec Marchant 

Resources: Stand Up Comedy newsletter archive 2013-2019

Commissioned by Howie Chen. Produced by Jon Huron.

*Broadway Windows gallery is a series of five street-level display windows located at the corner of Broadway and East 10th Street. The installations can be viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.