• truth in comedy

truth in comedy

With Chris Mead.

8 week course with Chris Mead inspired by his training with iO Chicago.

For experienced improvisers who want to immerse themselves in the origins of Chicago style long-form improvisation and discover truth in comedy.

Topics over the course will include Agreement, Support, Trust, Patterns, Themes and Relationships. Most of all we’ll be exploring being honest on stage and using our full selves in the present moment.

Instead of going for the quick jokes we’ll be playing the reality of the scene and improvising moment to moment with what feels honest and true there and then.

Chris will be creating a really supportive team where you feel confident to express yourself and use your true feelings and life experiences in scenes.

This style of improvisation feels liberating for the performer, and creates fantastically rich and funny scenes for the audience.

There’s nothing funnier than the truth.

next available dates:


Every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Wednesday 22nd February 2023. SOLD OUT

Time: 7pm – 9pm each week.

Teacher: Chris Mead.

Price: £220. Either payable all at once or £100 at time of booking and £120 when the course starts.

Venue: The Ship, 68 Borough Road, London, SE1 1DX.

Tubes: Borough or London Bridge.


This is an advanced course suitable for people with previous experience.

chris mead

Chris has studied improv internationally at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago and The Hideout in Austin, Texas.

He studied theatre at Royal Holloway College and University of London.

He has performed at various improv festivals internationally including Austin Texas, Norway, Barcelona and Dublin.

Chris improvises with the award winning Maydays, sci-fi group Project2 and produces Duologues at Hoopla.

He is one of the Artistic Directors of The Nursery Theatre.

He also hosts YesBot, a podcast dedicated to the theory and craft of improv (but with added exploding robots), and is currently writing a new improv book.

Chris is one of Hoopla’s original and most experienced teachers.