Produce Radio Comedy with Adam Bromley and We Are Funny Project
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Produce Radio Comedy with Adam Bromley and We Are Funny Project

  • Archway, London, N19 5, United Kingdom (map)
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Our tutor, Adam Bromley, has worked in radio comedy for over a decade and has won 2 Sony Awards for Comedy for "Think the Unthinkable" and "The Now Show" for BBC R4.

Adam has generated 13 original series commissions for network radio. He has produced and executive-produced shows for R4, 4Xtra, R2, 5 Live and BBC London. Currently he is a regular guest on TalkRADIO and BBC London doing a comedic review of the news.

The £90 "Early Bird" fee is available until 11pm April 15th.
The "Late Booker" fee for the day is £110.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-produce-radio-comedy-with-adam-bromley-and-wafp-tickets-52902032403

These both include post-event production and delivery of a short radio sketch, recorded as part of the workshop.

Outline of the day:

- Overview of radio comedy past and present
- Fundamentals / radio comedy 101
- Sketch writing & sitcom writing
- Comedy podcasts
- Writing exercise
- Radio performance tips
- Recording the writing exercise
- Guidance on pitching to broadcasters and finding your audience

The Archway area venue has a recording studio set up for each student to record their short sketch towards the end of the day. An edited version of each sketch with sound FX and music (if required) will be sent via Wetransfer, within 2 weeks.

Adam’s experience ranges from sitcom, stand-up, sketch show, topical news, panel shows, quizzes and live comedy. He has pretty much done the lot: audience, non-audience, Edinburgh one-offs, location and secret recordings etc.

Talent that Adam has been lucky enough to work with includes Punt and Dennis, Jon Holmes, Clive Anderson, Robert Bathurst, Sharon Horgan, Jimmy Carr, Jenny Eclair, Marcus Brigstocke, Caroline Quentin, Paul Whitehouse, Olivia Colman, John Oliver, Sally Hawkins, Rob Webb and David Mitchell to name but a few.

Places for this Workshop are strictly limited.

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Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price
Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price

Students will receive guaranteed stage time with We Are Funny Project so that they can apply some of what has been learned.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2148511982069418/

This is a workshop for newbies, people who might wish to pump up their public speaking skills, new comedians and also gigging comedians who want to build or improve upon their storytelling skills. By storytelling, we mean joke-driven stories with a beginning, middle and a pay off at the end. 

£65 "Early Bird" offer available until April 15th

£75 "Late Booker" available until April 28th

If you have a look on comedycv.com you will see that so many acts describe themselves as having a storytelling style. Funny stories are now even more popular than ever and form part of club sets from 5 to 20 mins and longer, as well as hour long solo shows.

There is a good reason for this - audiences love funny stories. After 5 intensive hours you will leave with a head full of ideas. The aim of the day is for you to be able to take events that have happened to you and make them funny to the audience in front of you.
It’s a fun and practical workshop that looks at :

* How we can develop a funny story from an initial idea to a finished bit.

* The techniques used to generate ideas for stories.

* How to develop and edit a story.

* What makes a story work for you and your on stage persona.

* How to deal with various disruptions that happen when performing long form stories in different types of rooms. 

* How actually, a heckle or disruption can really add to you story.

Matt has performed in over 30 countries, received an award nomination for a solo show in Australia, performed 5 solo shows in Edinburgh and have received many 4 and 5 stars reviews (for narrative solo shows). Matt has also received a few bad reviews over the years too, which makes him even more qualified to present a workshop of this nature. He works for most UK comedy promoters and have a reputation as being an interactive, joke based storyteller.

Matt Price in Australia 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52CfdUkQbAA 

Matt Price with a weird heckler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX-7Su38Wlc

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Sit-Com Writing for TV with Stephen Carlin
May
12
12:00 PM12:00

Sit-Com Writing for TV with Stephen Carlin

This one day workshop is for people who are new to the world of sitcom writing. Perhaps you have written drama and want to branch into comedy, or are a stand up comedian who wants to develop a sitcom or maybe you are new to the world of comedy writing entirely.

Regardless of your experience, if you are keen to write your own sitcom then this special day is for you.

£65 "Early Bird" offer available until 11pm, April 29th 2019

£75 "Late Booker" available until 11am, May 12th 2019

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-day-workshop-sit-com-writing-for-tv-with-stephen-carlin-tickets-52308004650

Students will learn the fundamentals of sitcom writing , illustrated by examples from classic sitcoms. They will be set a number of practical exercises. e.g. inventing a comedy character, establishing a comic scenario and then present their work to the group and receive feedback.

It is a fun and practical workshop that looks at:

* What makes a good sitcom

* How to create a memorable comedy character

* How to maximise the comedy

* How to avoid common mistakes

* How to make your script stand out from the crowd

Stephen Carlin is an experienced stand up comedian and writer. He has written for TV, radio and other stand up comedians. He was awarded the Peter Titheradge writer’s bursary and spent a year as an in-house comedy writer at the BBC Radio Comedy department.

Stephen has also worked on script development with the BBC Writersroom. On the way he has read hundreds of sitcom scripts and has learned what works and what doesn’t. He wants to share his knowledge with you.

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Character Comedy Workshop - Stand Up, Dressed up with Keith Platt
May
19
12:00 PM12:00

Character Comedy Workshop - Stand Up, Dressed up with Keith Platt

In this one day session you will learn the basic skills of how to make people laugh as someone else, or, stand up dressed up.

Students will get a 5 spot at an open mic night soon after so that they can apply some of what they have learned.

The "Early Bird" price is £65 for the Workshop, this price is available until 11pm May 6th when the price increases to £75.

This day is designed to help and direct existing character acts that might need some development and polish, alongside those looking to try it for the very first time.

You will learn how to:

· Create a character

· Develop material

· Remain in character

· Perform live

The class is taught by stand up comedian, podcaster and heavy metal singer Howard Smith. He brings a wealth of comedy and entertainment experience with him having performed stand up for 17 years and as character Keith Platt – Professional Yorkshireman for 10 of those years.

Howard/Keith have toured all over the UK from some of the toughest pubs to cultured comedy clubs and finding a particularly warm welcome at festivals, Download, Brighton’s Best Of Fringe, Bloodstock, Beautiful Days and Farm Fest.

Howard has also written for and appeared in various BBC Radio & TV productions.

http://keithplatt.co.uk/

Comments from previous students FYI

Mary Taylor I got loads from this day.Not only did we get tons of great advice & info on how to create & develop our characters but also for our stand up,writing & performing.Covered so much.Thanks Alfie,Howard & everyone plus workshop was alot of fun cracking up all day.

Paul Warricker This course provided good honest advice from someone undeniably experienced and thus qualified to do so. Time well spent.

Andy Stedman Really enjoyed the day, Howard was a great person to have run it and I learnt a lot. Cheers guys!

Kelvin Green Wasn't sure if I character comedy was my thing, then thought mm, I'm unfunny at stand up, why not a character act? But no, Howard led a genuinely informative, funny day. Learnt loads from him and would say, don't let your own prejudices about character comedy get in the way of this, excellent and packed day. Thanks, Alfie and Howard and fellow students. Now where 's those damn bells and hump. X

Brian Cowles Just done this course and I would recommend it to anyone who is into or thinking of starting to do Character comedy. Howard was a great instructor and the day was really fun as well.

Howell James Highly recommended. Howard ('Keith') is a very experienced comedian who performs and MCs in and out of character. He was a great teacher on the day ready to share what he has learned on the pro circuit. This was an excellent learning experience not just for those wishing to develop a character but also
for acts who want to get focused advice and tips from a top class circuit comedian.

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Workshop - How To Develop Comedy for Television with Howard Cohen
May
26
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop - How To Develop Comedy for Television with Howard Cohen

The tutor, Howard Cohen is a comedy writer/producer who has worked for major production companies including Warner Brothers, Disney, Objective Productions and Lion Television.

The "Early Bird" price for this one day Workshop is £70 and is available until 11pm May 13th. Thereafter the price rises to £80.

Who Is The Workshop For?
So many comedians and aspiring comedy writers have interest in working on TV projects, but unless you want to climb the ladder it’s difficult to break into the industry creatively. This workshop is designed to help those who are outside the TV industry to find a way into the business.

Why Come To The Workshop?
Just because you are not a junior researcher or an assistant producer, does not mean you can make an opportunity for yourself to develop TV shows, BUT there is a certain methodology to dealing with the production companies. This workshop will provide them students with insights to help them progress their ideas to the screen. The day is a blend of theory and practical challenges and exercises.

Break Down Of The Day
1. An introduction to TV – how industry works, who to approach and how best to approach them.
2. Comedy Entertainment – What are they looking for and how to get your initial approach noticed and what you can do to make your idea standout.
3. Comedy Entertainment – How to zone in on your big idea and how to sell it. Advice on treatments and tasters.
4. Brainstorm Exercises – Opportunities to develop a new comedy entertainment idea.
5. Scripted Comedy – What production companies are looking for and how to approach agents. Which competitions offer the most opportunities and how to take the plunge into short film.
6. Scripted Comedy – How to make your idea unique and stand out to the powers that be.
7. Pitching Session – Each student will pitch a single idea and face the challenge of hitting the right marks and testers.
8. Q&A with Howard on practically any aspect of the industry you might care to ask.


Event promoter Alfie Noakes is himself a 13 year veteran of the TV and Radio industry, specialising in documentary, cinema and magazine programming for a slew of shows on Channel 4, Sky, ITV and MTV plus two years as a reporter on BBC Radio One. Towards the end of the day Alfie will be available to answer questions on commissioning and production in arenas beyond specifically comedy productions.

Howards' TV credits include Sky Arts Urban Myths, BBC3's Getting Animated, BBC3’s Impractical Jokers, BBC2’s The Ginge, The Geordie & The Geek, ITV’s The Paul O’ Grady Show and Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer.

Howard has also produced and directed a highly successful a series of scripted comedy films for Yahoo! and Channel 4 online. His first scripted comedy has been optioned by a major production company, whilst his second scripted project is currently in development at another company.

As a short film maker Howards' work has been nominated for awards around the world including The London Short Film Festival, The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival & The Houston Comedy Film Festival. His film “Something For The Wickend” won the people’s choice award at The London Short Film Showcase, and 2015’s “The Milkman” won Best Film at The KinoDot International Film Festival. This work was rewarded with a sketch show series broadcast internationally on the digital channels of the Shorts TV film network.

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MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes

This will be a small class, no more than 8 students.

I have found that this brings the greatest value for the students and I can get really granular in detail and answering specific questions. Also, ensuring everyone twice "gets up" for performance review.

The fee includes the chance to MC half an open mic night so that students have a chance to apply what has been learned and have some laughs.

The final such session until Winter.

"Early Bird" Price of £80 is available until 11pm Monday 20th May and then the price rises to £100 "Late Booker".

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-mcing-open-mike-comedy-with-alfie-noakes-tickets-59042939020

The key focus of this friendly one day workshop is to give new(ish) comedians a clear understanding of the role of the comedy compere, or MC, and how not just get the most laughs and maintain the energy in room, but how to run the night itself.

This workshop will provide the essential information as what is expected of an MC, best practices, pitfalls to avoid and how best to mine your comedy in this all essential role.

New MCs won't typically be earning their stripes in a paid comedy club, but on the open mic circuit alongside other fresh talent and duties go far beyond simply saying who's up next......

The day will be part straight class and lecture, part performance and review with tailored advice for each and every attendee.

Matters of how to stay "in the room", house-keeping, crowd work, dealing with hecklers, having responsibility to the show, introducing acts, working in material and more are covered.

By understanding the role of the open mic MC, students will gain insight on what grass roots promoters look for, and also seek to avoid, best practice to gain stage time as an MC (and as an act) and quite simply get a handle on the scene from a point of view that is not simply that of a performer running 5s and 10s. It's really rather illuminating stuff......

The final Q&A session will open the day up to asking about issues of promoting, managing a room, identifying and securing a venue to run your own night well and frankly, almost anything else you wish to know about running quality open mic, the launch pad for every stand up success story.

Alfie Noakes is the creator and promoter of the We Are Funny Project and has MCed well over 1000 gigs, often with up to 18 acts on the bill, fast-fire and swift turnaround shows.

Private tuition is available, email alfie@wearefunnyproject.com for more info.

Comments from previous students of this Workshop:

Eamon Goodfellow
So what did I do yesterday? Well I basically got a brain dump about how to host an open mic night from Alfie. It was fun, informative (I mean really feckin informative, I have pages of notes and tips that will improve my stand-up, presenting at work and most importantly how to leave a mic stand) and so enlightening. I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to MC any night be it comedy or corporate.

Rachel Carroll
Brilliant day of comedy learning with the brilliant Alfie.

Lou LaBelle
Thanks for a great day! Info-packed, loads of notes, lots to take away & think about before coming back to put it into practice! Really looking forward to it!

Mandy McCarthy
Cannot recommend the MCing open Mic with Alfie Noakes highly enough, high energy teaching, proper constructive feedback. Packed a lot in to 5 hours. Came away with lots of insights. Its good fun too. Thanks Mal Alfie Noakes Wharton

Giuseppe Gib
I have attended several workshops and this was maybe the best. Well structured, with loads of useful information and tips you can apply straight away, from room management to audience interaction, and time for performance and individual feedback. Alfie is honest and will let you know what you are doing well and what you are doing wrong, no bulls**t! Highly recommended if you are interested in becoming an MC.

Will Preston
Superb!!!!! Thanks again!!!!

Kathryn Taylor
Thanks for an enjoyable and informative day. X

Rudy Ilyas
What a lovely afternoon, informative and fun. If only school was such fun... Thank you to our brilliant teacher, Alfie, and fab classmates.

Eva Bindeman
A thorough, useful and fascinating course that teaches real and relevant skills in order to MC effectively. It was the right balance if challenging and supportive and would urge anyone wanting to MC for the first time, or those who simply want to improve, to sign up to the next one.

Luke Mcgibbon
Excellent value for money. insightful, practical and useful for new and experienced promoters/mcs alike. Would recommend.

Chris Jones
Very enjoyable, informative and great value for money. Would recommend.

Vanessa Marcié
Very insightful day, full of really good tips. Definitely a good idea for anybody who wants to start MCing.

Rob Mayhew
Brilliant one day intensive MC training last Saturday with Alfie. If you ever want to know the secrets to being a great comedy MC, this one day course should be your first stop.

Chris Brown
Very fun day I learnt a lot about mcing... Well worth the money.. Looking forward to do a nigth of mc at the we are funny project.. Thank you very much.

Carl Richard
Fun day and worth the price and I feel like I have now got the nuts to have a go at MCing

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Workshop - Musical Comedy with Harriet Braine and We Are Funny
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop - Musical Comedy with Harriet Braine and We Are Funny

This one day Workshop is designed to help newer comedians find their way into writing and performing musical comedy, or, for those already doing it, aid in developing ways to improve the performance.

Each student will receive a guaranteed spot with We Are Funny Project so that they can apply some of what will have been learned on this fun, funny and fact-filled day.

The £65 "Early Bird" tickets are available until 11pm Monday September 30th. Thereafter, the price increases to £75.

"If you like musical comedy with a twist, Harriet will have you howling" Metro

"Her lyrics were truly inspired" Bruce Dessau

"Fairly niche" Stylist Magazine

Harriet uses a guitar, but all kinds of instruments and styles are welcomed, as the principles are universal.

This workshop will cover:

- Listening. First we will wrap our ears round different examples and styles of musical comedy.

- Thinking. Then we'll talk about style and tone and get ideas flowing using games and improvisation, in groups of different sizes.

- Writing. Some time will be dedicated as individuals or small groups to writing a song (or joke, or short set with a musical aspect) to present to the group.

- Exercising. Before presenting our songs to the group, we will warm up using vocal exercises (and more games!).

- Performing. This is a chance to see how writing and performance can fit together, as each song or bit is presented to the group.

- Judging. No, not really, just a chance to give each other constructive feedback on the performances.

Harriet Braine is a multi-award-winning musical comedian, known for her parody songs about famous artists. Her debut show 'Total Eclipse of the Art' was a finalist in the Amused Moose Comedy Award in 2017, and for 2019 she is pushing the boat out and writing a show full of original songs about women from history, inspired by the History Makers Podcast she co-presents with Bec Hill and Dr Lucy Rogers.

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Public Speaking with Confidence & Jokes Workshop with Alfie Noakes
Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Public Speaking with Confidence & Jokes Workshop with Alfie Noakes

It has been said that "Public Speaking" generates more fear in many people than snakes, great heights and, erm, Donald Trump.

 

Many roles require speaking in public, and for those who are not naturally attracted to the spotlight, it can be a harrowing process. For audiences, being presented to by a figure lacking enthusiasm or confidence, it can be a lacklustre, even self-defeating, event.

 

Whether they be a business person or a "Best Man", teacher or a specialist at a TED event, all speakers do it for a reason. To convey information that they deem important.

 

The message may help to make the world a better place, earn/raise money, gain a promotion, bring laughter, fulfil a professional obligation or simply increase understanding.

 

£65 "Early Bird" offer available until September 24th

 

£75 "Late Booker" available until October 7th

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-speaking-with-confidence-and-jokes-workshop-with-alfie-noakes-tickets-48042499409

As the legendary intellectual Professor Marshall McLuhan stated, "The medium is the message".

 

Our one day workshop will show students how to make the most of their medium to land their message as intended. The fact is, what might have been an intimidating prospect can be made fun (and funny).

 

By using certain tools and techniques, through understanding certain truths and applying proven methods, confidence can be built most quickly. Confidence is key, yet is not the only tool required of a public speaker.

 

This workshop will show students how to:

 

* Immediately grab the attention of the audience

 

* Swiftly establish rapport with a crowd and elevate personal status

 

* Produce a state of confidence prior to the occasion and mute those jangling nerves

 

* Use appropriate humour to win over the crowd

 

* Avoid classic errors in public speaking

 

* Ensure that the key point(s) are delivered with wicked clarity

 

Students will receive a class detailing specific methods to help with writing, managing pre-event emotions and how to nail the delivery.

 

Each student will "get up" in front of the other students (their "audience") and have a go. This brings the real feel in a safe place, incredibly helpful in ironing out issues and establishing positive methods.

 

Immediate, frank and friendly feedback will be given, specific to the personality and needs of each attendee.

This is a We Are Fascinating Project event.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-speaking-with-confidence-and-jokes-workshop-with-alfie-noakes-tickets-48042499409

 

Tutor Alfie Noakes runs We Are Funny Project and We Are Fascinating Project and was a Radio and TV Presenter, Writer, Producer and Director for more than a decade, having the privilege to work with a broad range of talented household names. Over the last 10 years Alfie has produced 100s of comedy shows and workshops with some of the finest comedy talent in the UK, and also MCing over 1000 stand up comedy shows during that period.

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We Are Funny Dalston with Simon Brodkin
Mar
25
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Simon Brodkin

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show


The first half of the show ill be 10 x 5 minute open spots. The latter half of the show will be the mighty Simon Brodkin, with his new show, Let Me Introduce Myself.


You may know Simon as “comedy legend”1 Lee Nelson or as the “unfunny pillock”2 who gave Theresa May a P45, but you won’t know him as “tiny Jew”3 Simon Brodkin.


After three hugely successful series of Lee Nelson on the BBC, multiple TV appearances (Live at the Apollo, Sunday Night at The Palladium, C4’s Comedy Gala), and several world-famous stunts on the likes of Donald Trump, Kanye West & Sepp Blatter, Simon unveils his funniest persona yet; himself.


In this highly-anticipated ‘debut’ show, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed comedian takes us from his childhood growing up on the mean streets of Hampstead village, to his adulthood as a failed doctor, inept parent and fairly rubbish Jew.


“Prodigious talent” The Times

“Satire so sharp you could slash a tyre with it” Daily Telegraph

“Get him out!” Donald Trump


1 The Sun

2 The Deputy Prime Minister

3 someone on Twitter


5 Spots

Alex Martini

Tom White

Will Harte

Tyler Rose

Luke Terry

Davina Bentley

Michael Akadiri


Rest of the bill TBA

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Clowning Workshop with Dave Thompson and We Are Funny Project
Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

Clowning Workshop with Dave Thompson and We Are Funny Project

Dave Thompson is a multi-skilled comedian. Dave is an internationally acclaimed stand-up act, clown and teacher of comedy and public-speaking. Oh, and he was also Tinky Winky in The Teletubbies.....

£65 "Early Bird" offer available until 11pm March 11th

£75 "Late Booker" available until 11am March 24th

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/clowning-workshop-with-dave-thompson-and-we-are-funny-project-tickets-47708676937

In Search of Stupid – Encountering Our Clown.

Are you tired of being sensible? Then try being stupid. 

The clown starts full of hope, and finishes in fiasco. 

The clown is open, simple, stupid - and happy. 

The clown walks on stage with a heart full of love, and no ideas. 

The audience loves the clown for their humanity, not for their slick performance. 

Some great clowns don’t wear clown costume. Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecombe, Rik Mayall, Harry Hill and Tim Vine celebrate the silly.

This one-day Workshop is for beginners and experienced performers to explore their inner idiot, and enjoy the flop. Let go of cool, and romp under a full moon with half a brain. Dave Thompson’s Workshop is a safe space to be sane in this insane world.

The course is practical, but includes some theory. The day involves:

Clown types – the Auguste, and the Bouffon.

The difference between the Clown and the Fool.

Simple games.

Improvising.

Clown Entrances and exits.

The Circle.

Ensemble playing.

Wobbling.

Please bring comfortable clothing and be prepared to sit or lie on the floor.

Students can bring old clothes, masks, hats, toys, instruments, and dolls.

Dave Thompson has performed stand-up comedy in thirty-four countries. Known for his zany style, he's written material for many famous names including Harry Hill, Omid Djalili, Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Stewart Lee, and Phil Nichol. Dave appeared in four feature films and numerous TV shows including ‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp’. He was in eight episodes of Al Murray’s sitcom ‘Time Gentlemen Please’. He’s best-known as the actor inside the Tinky Winky costume in the world-famous TV show 'Teletubbies'.

Dave has worked as a visiting lecturer at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, and on the comedy degree course at Solent University. He has taught comedy courses in London, Cardiff, Brighton, Atlantic College (Wales), Budapest, Nässjö and Örebro in Sweden.

Comments from Former Students

Mike LashFantastic workshop. Useful for stand up, improv and just a background knowledge of Clowning. It's not about painted faces and red noses. This is an active workshop that really makes you think about how you approach performance. We all got loads of performance time and when you're watching others you're enthralled.

Gary ShawA very interesting and great fun afternoon. Dave is not only a very funny comedian, but really knows his stuff regarding not only clowning performance, but also it's history and, dare I suggest, psychology. Parts of the workshop, I had enormous fun doing, but wasn't sure what they were about. But in hindsight, you can see precisely where they were heading towards.

“Dave Thompson's comedy course kick started my career. I don't think I would be doing comedy today if I had not attended that course.” Mike Gunn.

"Dave Thompson is a fantastic teacher. He has a true comedy mind and I can only imagine in the time since I did his course, he will have got better and better." Susan Murray. 

''Dave is someone who truly cares about his students and will give them the best opportunities he can to help them go as far in their career as possible, I have benefitted immensely from attending his lessons.'' Samee Raz

"Having already performed Stand Up for a while I wanted the confidence to move out of my comfort zone and try new types of comedy, in particular character based. Dave's course gave me the confidence to push my boundaries and the detailed constructive feedback has opened the door for me to loads of new comedy opportunities. Whether an absolute novice or a seasoned professional, anyone who enjoys making people laugh will benefit from the course - I cant recommend it highly enough!”

Mark Wilson.

"Dave Thompson is the man to go to learn and help you on your comedy career. His course, with great constructive feedback and unwavering encouragement, gave me the self belief that I can do this - and I will, so watch this space!"

Pete Woolly.

"In Dave Thompson's course I got trained in the nuts and bolts of structuring a 10-minute spot, I learned about -- get this! -- comic THEORY (ha!) and I discovered my own particular comic strengths. Dave left me with tools that I am now working with. In addition, he is just a helluva person. Take the class!"

- Terianne Falcone

“Dave Thompson using twenty years of experience as a pro comedian. Taught us like a judo black belt. We learnt that, to make em laugh- you have to catch people on their back foot, take them by surprise- and it works." Jo Wonder

"In his comedy classes, Dave has an eye for individual strengths and potential, which I reckon comes from his great understanding of comedy, and his respect for how diverse it can be. A good balance practical feedback and a bit of theory and structure, Dave helped me figure out what plain 'works'. Personally, I still don't think I look like Rolf Harris, but I wouldn't have gotten up for my first gig without his encouragement." Luke Stickels

Dave’s novel ‘The Sex Life of a Comedian’, is available on Amazon.

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We Are Funny Dalston with Sara Barron
Mar
18
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Sara Barron

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show with guest MC Simon Whitaker


We are thrilled to have the wickedly funny Sara Barron headline the show


7 Spot

Will Mars


5 Spots

Lance Concannon

Spen Cockerell

Chris Brown

Myles Jackson

Dylan Dodds

Nicholas Le Panto

Jed Kass

Katerina Robinson

Pierre Hawley

Nicholas Everitt

Steph Aritone

Andrew Salamonczyk


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Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro
Mar
10
12:00 PM12:00

Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro

Students will receive guaranteed stage time with We Are Funny Project so that they can apply some of what they will have learned.

This is quite simply a comedy master class from Scott Capurro winner of several comedy awards, including the prestigious Perrier Award (when it still mattered).

£75 "Early Bird" offer available until 11pm, Monday February 25th

£85 "Late Booker" available until 11am, Sunday March 10th

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/punch-up-your-stand-up-comedy-workshop-with-scott-capurro-tickets-53288199439

This workshop will not only save new acts from making rookie errors and traversing dead end material during their own incubation; it’s also a fantastic way to get to know other fresh faces on the comedy scene.

This workshop is designed for comedy acts of all levels. However anyone with less than 300 gigs will perhaps benefit the most.

A massive challenge in stand up performance is making the comedian’s act accessible to a room full of strangers, and with this direct, pertinent approach from one of the longest lasting comedy acts in the UK, such a barrier can be expediently overcome.

Earlier in the workshop, Scott will present a class on the process of creating a stand up set and drilling into your comedic premise. Later, each act will perform 2 - 3 minutes of jokes, with Capurro’s immediate feedback.

Scott will look at each section of the student’s act, pulling apart every joke, finding its truest, simplest form, and revealing the joke’s purest humour. A decent idea will be made better, and a good idea would be propelled to dynamite material.

The audience, made up of students, will then offer their comments. There are a lot of laughs throughout the day.

Scott is a featured actor in film and television, he’s appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire, Star Wars Phantom Menace and on every panel show off the scenic route. This San Franciscan is one of nature’s great raconteurs. Challenging, sometimes outrageous, but intimate too and most happily inspired by the creative process.

After 5 pm, Alfie will remain for drinks and take any questions to which he feels qualified to respond, including but not limited to finding the better open mics, acquiring spots in such appropriate clubs, and how to make yourself an indispensable cog in the comedy wheel.

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We Are Funny Dalston with Mad Ron
Mar
4
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Mad Ron

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show with guest MC Nilly Sutton

The raucously funny Mr Rad Ron will be our wonderful headline funnyman.

John Magnus Robertson
Pete Wells
Jack Wheeler
Jason Overman
Nicholas Le Panto
Dave Mullen
James Power
Richard Denham
Ian Murrill
James Howell
Phil Green
Daniel Matthews
Lorraine Hoodless
Ken Grinell
Adam Faris

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We Are Funny Dalston with Tamer Kattan
Feb
26
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Tamer Kattan

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

We are lucky to have the American Tamer Kattan headlining the show, in from the States for just a short time. Fabulous act!

7 Spot
Alex Martini

5 Spots
Steve McLean
Dan Triscott
Delea Shand
Jerry Bakewell
Nicholas Le Panto
Will Davies
Paul Warricker
Dredgeland
Fintan Dineen
Stephen Mawhinney
Simon Landergan
Luke Terry
Caspian James

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We Are Funny Dalston with Harriet Braine
Feb
19
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Harriet Braine

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show.

The wonderfully funny musician and owner of a divine singing voice, Harriet Braine, will headline this gig.

The Little Comedian
Steve McLean
Jerry Bakewell
Nick Horseman
Joseph Ayre
Abigail Simpson
Tommy Ettling
Brandon Palmer
Sarah Castle
William Harte
Simon Benham
Craig Butler
Michael Frankland
Jinder Singh
Alexis Coward

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We Are Funny Dalston with Paul Merryck
Feb
18
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Paul Merryck

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show with guest MC Yaron Winterstein

The sublime charm of Paul Merryck will bring us laughing through the headline spot.

7 Spot
Harry Pugh

5 Spots
Harry Wright
Mehul Thakariya
Oscar Small
Laura Tellwright
Dave Black
Ilayda Arden
Caroline McEvoy
Ricardo Motti
James Selvey
Vitaly Filipsky
Ben Morgan

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We Are Funny Dalston with Richard Todd
Feb
11
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Richard Todd

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show with guest MC Jasmine Doherty

The delightfully energetic and hilarious Richard Todd will headline the gig

7 Spot
Trevor Bickles
Howard Smith

5 Spots
Mohammad Rafiq
Gerry Carroll
Allie Noe
John Thornton
Luke Edmonds
David Carrington
Mark Rivlin
Paul Moore
Elliot Dallas
Lee Hudson
Jack Wheeler
Ellis Ballard
Lance Concannon
Kieron Mirchandani
Alex Martini

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We Are Funny Dalston with Jo Romero
Feb
5
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Jo Romero

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

We are thrilled to have Jo Romero debut as our powerhouse headliner tonight

5 Spots
Jon Wharmsby
Tadiwa Mahlunge
Jake Young
Joe Peirson
Jem Djelal
Tyler Rose
Rodney Richardson
Sadia Azmat
Jessica Aszkensky
John Hardy
Micah Hall
Ginger Jungle
Chris Smith
Jo Groves
Zeeshan Yousuf

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We Are Funny Dalston with Mark Dolan
Feb
4
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Mark Dolan

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show with guest MC Dickie Richards

TV (that's for Television) funny man Mark Dolan will bring the laughs as headliner for this show

7 Spot
Alex Martini
Hiward Smith

5 Spots
Nilly Sutton
Vitaly Filipsky
Adam Willis
Mark Hinds
Andy Bucks
Laura Fountain
Ben Morgan
Raj Poojara
Tommy Ettling
Liaket Ali
Lorraine Hoodless
Robert Lemon

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One Day Workshop. Mimicry & Satire with Will Franken and WAFP
Feb
3
12:00 PM12:00

One Day Workshop. Mimicry & Satire with Will Franken and WAFP

All students will be offered a 5 minute open mic spot at a We Are Funny Project gig in the period following the Workshop so that they might apply some of what has been learned.

“Will Franken is a master of delusion, an id unchained” – Robin Williams

“Sharp-clawed satire on culture and liberal piety. . .the darkness of Franken's imagination is like Chris Morris; this is 'Blue Jam' with a wilder look in its eyes.” – The Guardian

The "Early Bird" price is £65 until 11pm, Monday January 21st.
The "Late Booker" price of £75 then applies.

This workshop will not only entail valuable writing and performance exercises, but will also examine the historical continuum of satire and the comedic importance of being able to deftly convey a satirical message.

This course will introduce you to the art of satire and ethical value of casting yourself as a comedic enemy against the status quo – with your material serving not necessarily as a business card, but rather as a highly effective comedic weapon.

The day is part spoken class with Q&A, plus practical exercises and personal reviews of your material. The class will be its' own audience and in my experience a number of new friendships are born and a whole lot of laughs are had on our Workshops.

This is a workshop set up to demonstrate unique tips and techniques to aid both new and established performers in honing the fine comedic art of mimicry. Come learn about and take part in exercises on accents, facial elasticity, monologue and dialogue crafting, quick-change segues, and much more!

Are you just looking for a means whereby you can flesh out a monotonously dry linear stand-up set with an extra, laughter-inducing layer?

Are you desirous of an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to comedy?

One that acts upon the carefully calculated presumption that if the audience doesn't laugh at the concept, they may laugh at the voice, and if they don't laugh at the voice, they may laugh at the face, ad infinitum?

Do you yearn to write and perform material with socially relevant depth in contrast to the bland output of an all-too-often shallow comedy industry?

Do you believe comedy should be something more culturally significant than a string of light-hearted observational gags served for the pedestrian pleasures of weekend club audiences?

Perhaps you've been hiding an inner rebel, outraged at the state of the world, desirous to use your comedic platform for a higher purpose.

In addition to having over fifteen years' experience on the US and UK circuits as a critically-acclaimed cult satirical phenomenon, Franken also holds a Masters degree in Restoration and 18th Century British Literature, with his thesis on Horatian and Juvenalian satire in the works of Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. Modern satirists such as Peter Cook and Chris Morris are great influences on Will and his take on satire.

Testimonials from previous students of Mimicry and Satire Workshops with Will Franken:

Joseph Stephens This is the best comedy workshop I've been to. Will Franken is not only a master of the art, but also a great teacher. I learned a lot from the workshop and I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to use accents and mimicry in their performance.

Richard Lindesay This was supremely interesting and useful, and I got all that I wanted from it and more. Highly recommended.

Laurence Ogden Had a lot of fun, definitely taken away lots of new ideas.

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We Are Funny Dalston with Eleanor Tiernan
Jan
29
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Eleanor Tiernan

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

The mighty funny Eleanor Tiernan will headline this gig

7 Spot
Michael Capozolla

5 Spots
Tony Magee
Ambika Mod
Pete Kinsella
Thomas Reddington
Leighton Roff
Donald Hamilton
Nicholas Everitt
Trevor Johnson
Hussein Olad
Richard Newby
Ben Roberts
Nicholas Le Panto

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We Are Funny Dalston with Robyn Perkins
Jan
28
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Robyn Perkins

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

The mighty funny American Robyn Perkins will headline the gig

7 Spot
Adrian Hull
Nick Adamson

5 Spot
Jack Wheeler
Pete Wells
Holly Kavanagh
Katerina Robinson
Harjeet Cheema
Andrew Carberry
Matthew Courtnell
Lyle Barker
Luke Adams
Chris Ellis
Don Peele

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NLP for Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Richard Lindesay and WAFP
Jan
27
12:00 PM12:00

NLP for Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Richard Lindesay and WAFP

This workshop is designed to bring specific skills to performers who wish to be able to be (more) comfortable on stage, grow their confidence, improve their rapport with the audience and generally bolster their stage presence and joke writing abilities.

£75 "Early Bird" offer available until September 17th

£85 "Late Booker" available until September 30th

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nlp-for-stand-up-comedy-workshop-with-richard-lindesay-and-wafp-tickets-43342451439

The event includes a guaranteed spot at a We Are Funny Project gig soon after, so that what has been learned can be applied.

NLP is Neuro Linguistic Programming, Jimmy Carr is one of many who have applied it to their joke craft. Here's a decent online definition for this spectacular field.

What is NLP?
https://selfhelpfix.com/nlp.php

NLP is a broad and dense topic, this workshop is a focussed and detailed introduction to applying boosted art and skills for comedy preparation and performance.

- Maximise stage presence by looking and feeling comfortable on stage

- Building comedy material with maximum clarity and laugh potential

- Getting more laughs by communicating material in an easy-to-assimilate manner

- Gain confidence by committing your material to memory

- Keeping control of the room by dealing with interruptions and hecklers

- Apply what you’ve learned with an on-stage performance of your material

Your tutor, Richard Lindesay, has been involved in NLP since the early 2000s to model successful business people. By the mid 2000s he was mentoring people on a one-on-one to basis, working on improving their presentation skills, reducing stage fright, and writing clear and easy-to-assimilate presentation and training material. 

In the early 2010s he developed his own business consulting methods under the banner of Metaphors of Business, and provided public trainings and private mentoring in these techniques. NLP led Richard into comedy through an NLP modelling project where he was tasked with analysing the performance technique and material of Jimmy Carr, after which he used what he had learned to write and perform his own stand-up comedy.

Richard started comedy in Sydney, Australia, and has since gigged professionally in comedy clubs throughout Australia, New Zealand, and more recently in the UK. He produced and performed in sold out shows at the Sydney Fringe Festival and New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

In the UK, alongside performing, he also writes comedy material for social media companies, public speakers, and other comics.

http://www.richardlindesay.com/

Promoter Alfie Noakes will be available for after-workshop drinks and will happily answer any more general questions on the comedy scene (where he feels qualified to comment)

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