• stand up course

stand up comedy course

Have some fun learning how to write and perform stand-up comedy. Includes a show at the end of the course where you get to perform stand-up live on stage for the first time ever!

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 regularly stand-up night at our club!

next available dates

Real-Life Dates:

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 1st February 2021 with Fran Bushe, plus show on Monday 29th March 2021. BOOK NOW

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 2nd February 2021 with Nick Hall, plus show on Wednesday 31st March 2021. BOOK NOW

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 13th April 2021 with Nick Hall, plus show on Wednesday 9th June 2021. BOOK NOW

Every Monday for 8 weeks from Monday 7th June 2021 with Fran Bushe, plus show on Wednesday 28th July 2021. BOOK NOW

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks from Tuesday 8th June 2021 with Nick Hall, plus show on Thursday 29th July 2021. BOOK NOW

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm each week.

Price: £240. Either payable all at once or with an initial payment of £100 followed by the remaining £140 once the course starts.

Venue: Kobi Nazrul Centre, 30 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR.

Tube: Liverpool Street or Shoreditch High Street.

Online Dates:

Every Tuesday for 6 weeks from Tuesday 6th October 2020 with Nick Hall. BOOK NOW

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.

Covid-19 Safety & Flexibility

We have booked large spacious rehearsal rooms and have kept class sizes low to ensure 2 metre distancing can stay in place. We have also redesigned games to make sure physically-distanced comedy 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 and comedy are more fun than ever!

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

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

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

 

Stories:

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.

faqs

We have booked large spacious rehearsal rooms and have kept class sizes low to ensure 2 metre distancing can stay in place. We have also redesigned games to make sure physically-distanced comedy 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 and comedy are more fun than ever!

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