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stand up comedy course

6 week stand up comedy course running online during lockdown!

Have some fun learning how to write and perform stand-up comedy!

We’ve taken 10 years experience of running our live comedy courses and applied them to designing this fun online course.

Complete beginners are welcome. No previous experience in stand up, writing or comedy are needed to do this course.

Our stand up comedy course is about giving you the skills to produce great work over the long-term. You’ll be equipped with the techniques and philosophies required to be more creative and fully express yourself!

We aim to help you express what is uniquely funny about you. We will instill in you a passion for comedy and the confidence to perform your own material.

We provide a playful and supportive environment for our students to perform a short set every week. We don’t think you can learn comedy from a book: you need to learn by doing it and finding out what is uniquely funny about you.

You will learn how to write hilarious material, and how to perform it with charisma and skill. Furthermore, you will be given an insider’s view of the circuit to avoid the common pitfalls of beginners. By the end of the course you’ll have an awesome 5 minute stand up set ready to go!

Our coaches are working professional performers. They have been there and done it, so they know all about the journey from beginner to professional. They have unique insight into what it takes, and what has helped them make the jump.

PLUS you get to join our vibrant community of previous stand-up students, regularly performing at our weekly live stand up night after lockdown!

next available dates


Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from Wednesday 12th August 2020 with Fran Bushe. BOOK NOW

Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 28th July 2020 with Nick Hall. SOLD OUT.

Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 16th June 2020 with Nick Hall. SOLD OUT.

Every Monday for 6 weeks from Monday 1st June 2020 with Fran Bushe. SOLD OUT.

Every Thursday for 6 weeks from Thursday 21st May 2020 with Fran Bushe. SOLD OUT.

Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 5th May 2020 with Nick Hall. SOLD OUT.

Every Wednesday for 6 weeks from Wednesday 13th May 2020 with Fran Bushe. SOLD OUT.

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm each week.

Price: £170. Reduced to £155 for NHS workers or if your income has been greatly reduced by lockdown.

Venue: Online using zoom. All details for login for zoom will be emailed to participants on the day of the first workshop.

This course is online:

1. Book your preferred date on this page.

2. On the day of the first workshop we will email you log-in for the zoom chat.

3. You then click on the link in the email to join the zoom chat and enter password.

4. You will just need a laptop with camera and internet connection, everything else will be in the link.

5. Don’t worry if you haven’t used Zoom before, we start the first session with an overview of how to use it.

Covid-19 Safety & Flexibility

We have followed government guidance to make sure all of our classes and shows are covid-secure, while also working hard to make sure socially-distanced improv is still fun, friendly and playful!

We also offer full flexibility on bookings to give you peace of mind when planning ahead.

>> Safety in classes

>> Full booking flexibility

>> Improv is more fun than ever!

fran bushe

Fran Bushe is an award-winning comedian, writer and performer.

She has had sold-out runs at Soho Theatre, The Roundhouse and she has been a resident artist at Pleasance Theatre, Arts Depot and Theatre Deli.

An adaptation of Fran’s solo show Ad Libido has just been released by Channel 4 as a Comedy Blap.

Fran’s multi-award winning comedy play Ad Libido had a highly successful run at VAULT Festival (‘Highly Commended’ award winner, ★★★★ The Stage), Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh (Sold Out run, ★★★★ The Guardian, one of the Guardian’s top shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe) and Soho Theatre, London in 2019.

Fran is a writer for Comedy Central’s sketch comedy show Laughing at Salad and her play Alive Day is published in 20 Short Plays with Big Roles for Women (Routledge Books). She has written features for The Guardian, Cosmopolitan, Metro and been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

★★★★ “Relentlessly hilarious” The Stage

★★★★ “Smart and audacious” The Guardian

★★★★★ Londontheatre1

★★★★★ Arthur’s Seat

★★★★★ Fringe Review

★★★★ Theatre Weekly

★★★★ Upper Circle Theatre

Performer of the Year – Sexual Freedom Awards 2019

The Guardian’s ‘Best Shows of the Fringe 2018

nick hall

Nick Hall is a stand-up, improviser and writer. He has written and performed for BBC2, BBC3, and BBC Radio 4.

Nick has taken six solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as performing at the Brighton Fringe, Latitude Festival, Soho Theatre, Princes Trust, and Bloomsbury Theatre.

Nick started his comedy career by beating the Gong at The Comedy Store, beating the Blackout at Up the Creek, and winning the New Act Night at the Comedy Café. He has now performed over 500 gigs across the UK and Europe.

Nick comperes a variety of live events, including cult movie night Hot Tub Cinema and hit football show Comedy Commentary. He also performs with The Committee, one of London’s hottest improvised comedy groups, and has appeared on Sky News, The Times Red Box podcast and written articles for The Independent.

“Crackingly original” ★★★★ The List

“Side splittingly funny” ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

“Mad cap energy” ★★★★★ British Comedy Guide

“One not to miss” ★★★★ The Skinny

“Genuinely hilarious” ★★★★ Fringe Review

what's included

An introduction to jokes:

We will look at the nuts and bolts of joke writing, common pitfalls, and basic “rules”. For example:

  • Rule of three
  • Pull back and reveal
  • Cutting the fat: being lean
  • Call-backs
  • Toppers
  • Set-ups: building tension and using misdirection
  • Joke structures and storytelling

We will also look at some techniques to help generate material, including:

  • Joke webs/spider diagrams
  • Categories and sub-categories
  • Emotion quadrants
  • The surrealist inquisition sheet


Character as one of the crucial parts of good comedy:

Through teaching and group discussion we will look at the importance of character, and stand-ups with a distinctive “attitude” or “point of view” i.e. the character a stand-up uses onstage.

Alongside character, we will look at the importance of exaggeration in comedy: through exaggeration comes truth. The aim of this part of the course is to help the students identify the funniest part of their personality and turn it up to 11. Through this process the students will build their clown, their own distinctive comic character on the stage.

We’ll also look at the vital importance of conviction in both the writing and performance of material.

Observation/recognition based material:

The course will focus on the laughter of recognition, and the importance of being relatable with your material. Through truth you’ll find the funny, specifically your own truth. We will work on the students confessing to their own minutiae as that is what audiences connect most to.


Performance Skills:

One of the biggest objectives of the course is for the students to build their confidence, charisma, energy and presence. We will teach techniques and specific exercises to build skills, including:

  • Body language
  • Making everything BIG!
  • Energy: physical, vocal and emotional
  • Breaking the 4th wall and connecting with an audience



We’ll look at building stories. How to take the cornel of a story and build it into a longer “bit”: full of jokes and amusing imagery. We teach people that stories are made, not born, and we will focus on the craft of building routines.


Final Preparations for the Performance:

Including mic technique, psychological warm-up planning to help prevent stage-fright, the ordering and linking of material (segues), easy errors to avoid.


We have followed government guidance to make sure all of our classes are covid-secure, while also working hard to make sure socially-distanced improv is still fun, friendly and playful! We also offer full flexibility on bookings to give you peace of mind when planning ahead.

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