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Sketch Comedy Classes

This is an 8 week course on writing and performing sketch comedy, culminating in a live showcase performance in front of a friendly audience at our comedy club.

Taught by Gemma Arrowsmith, a professional comedy writer and performer currently writing for Tracey Ullman’s show on BBC 1, plus guest teachers from the sketch comedy scene.

No previous writing experience needed, but if you are new to performing it would be best to start with our Beginners Improv Workshop or Beginners Improv Course first.

Next Available Dates in London Bridge:

Every Thursday for 8 weeks from Thursday 11th January 2018. Performance on Tuesday 6th March 2018.


Time: 7pm - 9:30pm.

Price: £215. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £115 at the start of the course.

Teacher: Gemma Arrowsmith.

Workshop Venue: St. Hugh’s Church Hall, corner of Crosby Row & Porlock Street, London Bridge, SE1 3PT.

Tube: London Bridge.

Show Venue: The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS.

Tube: London Bridge.


Next Available Dates in Liverpool Street:

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 9th January 2018.  FULLY BOOKED.

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 26th September 2017. FULLY BOOKED.

Teacher: Gemma Arrowsmith

Gemma is currently writing on Tracey Ullman’s Show on BBC 1.

Her “What were you wearing?” sketch for Tracey Ullman was featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Mirror, Metro and more this year with over 28,000,000 views on Facebook.

She also writes for Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 Extra) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).

Gemma’s performing credits include Upstart Crow (BBC), Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC), Merlin (BBC), Hustle (BBC), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (BBC), Nurse (BBC), Damned – Playhouse Presents (Sky Arts), Trying Again (Sky Living), Spy (Sky1) Flashprank (MTV) and Charlie Brooker’s How TV Ruined Your Life (BBC). Gemma’s radio credits include Newsjack (BBC Radio 4 extra) Reception (BBC Radio 2) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).

Gemma is sought after in the world of kids’ TV and radio, where her credits include: DNN (CBBC), Hacker Time (CBBC), Beano Town (Fun Kids Radio), Relic: Guardians of the Museum (online game, CBBC), Transmission Impossible (CBBC).

She has performed in and directed Newsrevue, is half of Mould & Arrowsmith, and is taking her new one-woman show Earthling to Brighton in May, after a very successful run at the Vaults Festival.

A winner of Fringe Report Awards’ Best Artist (2007), they declared: “The award reflects Gemma Arrowsmith’s seven-threat excellence as singer, dancer, actor, comedian, writer, impressionist and director.”

“Edinburgh Fringe- Top 20 free shows.” – London is Funny.

“An epically geeky journey of parodies and hilarity” ★★★★ -Three Weeks

“The greatest female comedy actor of the 21st century, says Vic Reeves.” Vic Reeves

“Gemma is brilliaaaaaant!” Paul Whitehouse



Q: What previous experience is required?

A: No previous writing experience is required but previous improv or acting experience is needed. If you’re not used to being on stage it would be good to do our Beginners Improv Class or Beginners Improv Course first.

Q: What other courses or classes compliment this one?

A: Our Performance Improv Course gives you lots of experience in performing improv, and our Stand Up Comedy Course is great for writing solo material.

Q: Do I have to perform in the show?

A: No. The show is optional.

Q: Will you be doing this workshop again?

A: Yes, but probably not until the summer.

Q: Are there any performance opportunities after the course?

A: Yes. We run a regular Hoopla Formations Night for people who have done our courses, so you can have a regular place to perform and try out new material.



- Writing sketch comedy.

- Devising sketch comedy through improv.

- Performing sketch comedy.

- How to create great comedic characters.

- How to perform on the live circuit.

- Writing topical sketches.

- Writing and performing for online comedy.

- Writing for Radio.

- Writing for Television.

- Starting your own sketch group.