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Hoopla’s improv classes & courses offer the most fun and friendly place to learn improv in London.

Our in-real-life classes are now BACK!

We create a friendly, fun, sociable and supportive atmosphere in all our improv classes where people are free to play and be themselves. You don’t need any previous experience in improv, comedy or acting to take part.

Hoopla are the founders of the UK & London’s 1st improv theatre and have been established for over 14 years. We are also the UK’s biggest improv school, training 1000s of people every year.

We have the most experienced comedy improv teachers in the UK, with their performing credits including The Comedy Store Players, The Showstoppers, Dreamweaver Quartet, Bumper Blyton, The Maydays, Paul Merton’s Impro Chums and more.

Hoopla offer a warm welcoming community to our students and loads of performing opportunities, even after a course, with ongoing support and regular shows at our London improv theatre.

All of our improv classes & courses are based in Central London at venues including London Bridge, Liverpool Street and King’s Cross, and we also have additional online options.

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    Level 1: Beginners improv courses

    Our best course if you are new to improv. 8 week courses to learn the core skills of improvisation in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. You don’t need any drama, acting, comedy or impro experience whatsoever.

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    Level 2: Performance improv course (with show)

    An 8 week course to gently introduce you into performing improv comedy live in front of an audience for the first time! With an end of course show of short-form games & scenes.

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    Level 3: Scenes improv course (with show)

    Our ultimate scenes course to make you awesome at improvising character and relationship driven scenes in a fun, playful and spontaneous Hoopla style! With performance at the end.

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    Level 4: Long-form improv course (with show)

    An 8 week course exploring longer scenes in greater depth, and how to have fun connecting scenes together to explore themes and patterns across time and space. With a performance at the end.

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    Level 5: Advanced improv courses

    A variety of advanced improv classes including improvised theatre, improvised narrative, improvised movies, character, harolds, deconstruction, commedia, clown, stagecraft, solo improv, and improvised musicals.

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    Performing opportunities

    We are currently casting improvisers for a new season of shows. Plus we also have regular jams and other nights to build up experience on stage. Our improv theatre has shows 7 nights a week featuring people who have trained with Hoopla.

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additional drop-in classes and comedy courses

In addition to our main improv courses we also offer drop-in improv workshops, taster days, stand up comedy courses and sketch comedy courses.

Hoopla Improv Classes


Fun and flexible improv drop-in workshops every week.

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Taster Days

One day improv taster workshops.

Max Stand Up Comedy Course

Stand Up Comedy Course

How to write and perform stand up comedy, with live show at the end for you to perform stand up for the first time.

George and Edgar Sketch Comedy Course

Sketch Comedy Course

How to write and perform sketch comedy, including filming your own sketches and a live show at the end.

about improv

Our London improv classes are incredibly fun, sociable and enjoyable. We create a really safe, trusting, supportive and playful atmosphere and there is a lot of laughter in the room!

Playing with impro is based upon people being present, playful and spontaneous in the moment by using the foundations of Listen, Yes And, Commit.

Improvisation is the ultimate team game with actors working together, listening to each other, and building on each other’s ideas to create whole new stories and scenes in the moment.

Individual improvisers don’t have to be individually clever, fast or funny. It is more about collaboratively working and playing together to build a greater whole. It’s a team game.

From these foundations improvisers work together to create exciting and captivating scenes, sketches and stories from nothing.

about Hoopla

Hoopla was founded in 2006 by Steve Roe and Edgar Fernando, two old school friends who have known each other since they were 4 years old.

Hoopla founded the UK’s first ever Improvised Comedy Club at The Miller in London Bridge, recently recommended by Time Out, The Evening Standard and The Londonist.

“If improvisation floats your boat you should head to Hoopla. There’s fewer better ways to see what spur-of-the-moment comedy London has to offer.” – The Londonist

We currently run at least 30 improv classes a week, as well as putting on shows every night of the week to 1000s of people a year.

All of Hoopla’s teachers are trained, highly experienced performers who have performed with groups across the London scene and Edinburgh Fringe.

Hoopla is the UK’s biggest improvisation training school.

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improv for everyone

Our improv classes & courses are open to all.

You don’t need any drama, acting, comedy or impro experience whatsoever. You don’t have to be clever, fast or funny.

We get people from all professions and backgrounds because it’s a great place to relax after work and do all the fun bits of drama and improvisation without the commitment of regular rehearsals or learning lines.

Our improv classes are suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced actors and improvisers.

We’ve worked with total beginners, experienced improvisers, drama school students, stand-ups and professional actors. We’ve worked with companies including Google, Facebook, Apple, Imperial College London, and charities including Mencap, Jigsaw4U and St. Mungo’s.

Our improv classes and courses are a great introduction to the world of impro, comedy and drama. All ages, all backgrounds, improv is for everyone.

We like to keep improv open to all so we offer half-price or free places on improv classes to students, unemployed or people on lower incomes. We also work with a number of schools and charities to help make improv available to everyone.


From 19th July 2021 there are no legal restrictions on our classes or shows, however some of our covid safety measures will be staying in place and others will be gradually phased out rather than being removed all at once. This is so we can keep improv fun while also keeping safety in classes and shows. We will also be able to adjust month by month and rollback changes if needed.

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