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Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price
Oct
21
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.

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 October 8th

£75 "Late Booker" available until October 21st

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/comedy-storytelling-workshop-with-matt-price-tickets-47708368013

If you have a look on comedycv 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 peforming 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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One Day Workshop. Sit-Com Writing for TV with Stephen Carlin.
Nov
4
12:00 PM12:00

One Day Workshop. 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 October 22nd

£75 "Late Booker" available until November 4th

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-day-workshop-sit-com-writing-for-tv-with-stephen-carlin-tickets-47946724945

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.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-day-workshop-sit-com-writing-for-tv-with-stephen-carlin-tickets-47946724945

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Clowning Workshop with Dave Thompson and We Are Funny Project
Nov
11
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 October 29th

£75 "Late Booker" available until November 11th

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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Workshop. Body Language for Comedy (and Life) with Alfie Noakes
Nov
18
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop. Body Language for Comedy (and Life) with Alfie Noakes

This one day workshop will reveal how to recall and apply some of the most important elements of non-verbal communication that can be applied to all aspects of life.

"Body Language" transmits more information, and a clearer impression, than either verbal tone or the actual words spoken. According to Albert Mehrabian the ratio is 7% (words), 38% (tone) and 55% (body language).

Understanding this, learning essential principles and absorbing key tools on how to apply the methods are utterly invaluable in building rapport, being taken seriously (or otherwise) and effectively getting your message across.

£65 "Early Bird" offer available until October 29th

£75 "Late Booker" available until November 11th

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-body-language-for-comedy-and-life-with-alfie-noakes-tickets-47948098052

The day will partly focus on how to apply Body Language techniques in stand-up comedy performances as it is a more fun approach than staid "classroom" learning.

However, the examples can be applied far beyond the stage. Further focus will be given to various social situations as selected by the attending students themselves.

Non-verbal communication skills can be applied to a comedy performance, a job interview, dating, parenting, managing people (or being managed by an idiot) or just being that more clear and agreeable in general life.

Grasping the elements of "Body Language" is an essential life skill.

This workshop will:

* Explain key principles that can be brought to mind and effect in most situations

* Swiftly build confidence in most aspects of life and society

* Feature fun games and exercises to demonstrate effectiveness

* Provide performed examples of good/poor body language

* Provide students a fun chance to get up and give it a go, with immediate feedback

* Understand how different body language "rules" are not universal, yet based on geographical and social structures

* Demonstrate how the principles apply across the social spectrum of performance, business, romance, parenting, friendship and more.

A fun and fact-filled day is assured. Many attending will likely have a comedy background though that is by no means essential as the rules and applications are extremely broad.

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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Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro
Nov
25
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).

 

£65 "Very Early Bird" offer available until July 23rd

 

£75 "Early Bird" offer available until November 12th

 

£85 "Late Booker" available until November 25th

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/punch-up-your-stand-up-comedy-workshop-with-scott-capurro-tickets-47710188458

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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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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Public Speaking with Confidence & Jokes Workshop with Alfie Noakes
Feb
3
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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One Day Workshop. We Are Funny Improv with Rob Hitchmough
Oct
14
12:00 PM12:00

One Day Workshop. We Are Funny Improv with Rob Hitchmough

We are extremely fortunate to, once again, have Rob Hitchmough teaching this Impro class with We Are Funny Project.

£25 plus booking fee tickets available until 11pm on October 1st
£30 tickets available until October 14th

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-day-workshop-we-are-funny-improv-with-rob-hitchmough-tickets-47707622784

We'll be playing improvised games, new games from previous such days, and upping the comedy skills of all the students.

Laughs are guaranteed on this most fun Workshop.

Rob even has his picture framed and on the stairwell at The Comedy Store alongside other greats of comedy!

We will look at techniques in, ‘raising the stakes’ and, creating comedy characters. One particularly useful skill we will develop is how to make others appear funny.

By the end of the workshop students will have laid to rest any fear they have of impro’, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of establishing a scene, making it interesting and finding an ending.

“Rob has been a regular tutor of stand up and improvisation at The Actors Centre for over ten years. He is a valuable and popular tutor, respected by members, other tutors and the staff at The Actors Centre.”�Michael John (Head of Programming at The Actor’s Centre, London.)

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Workshop - MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop - MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes

This workshop has been postponed, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, from Sept 9th to September 29th.

The "Early Bird" price is available until 11pm Monday 17th September, £75, as opposed to the late booker fee of £95.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-mcing-open-mike-comedy-with-alfie-noakes-tickets-46926892599

We have tweaked the original format to make this a smaller class that runs longer. 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 "Early Bird" price of £75, as opposed to £95 for late bookers, is available until 11pm on Monday 27th August.

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 600 shows, 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
February 4 · Saint Albans · 
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
February 4 · 
Brilliant day of comedy learning with the brilliant Alfie.

Lou LaBelle
February 5 · Birmingham · 
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!

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Workshop - Writing & Performing Clean Comedy with Dave Thompson
Sep
23
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop - Writing & Performing Clean Comedy with Dave Thompson

Above The Belt - How To Write and Perform Clean Comedy

All students receive guaranteed stage time with We Are Funny Project in order to apply some of what has been learned. £75 per ticket and available until September 23rd.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-writing-performing-clean-comedy-with-dave-thompson-tickets-47791966057

This workshop explores how to unite an audience in laughter, not divide them into those who approve, and those who don’t.

* How to find subjects that connect you to your audience, without resorting to the lowest common denominator.

* Encountering the spiritual without giving opinions.

* Harnessing the power of the Unconscious to engage your audience on a deep level

* Divisive and uniting material. Personal versus general material. Conceptual versus “here and now” material. When to apply them.

* Body language, and how to use it effectively. Exploring status, and how important it is in comedy.

* Improvising with mythical material, to discover comedy

It’s tempting to go for the easy option and use body functions to get laughs, especially for beginners. This can limit our appeal, as some audiences and bookers want comedians who are family friendly.

People can avoid comedians who swear and do body function material, but the opposite is almost never true. When did you hear someone say “I didn't like that comedian, because they didn’t swear or talk about crude things.” If a comedian is funny, audiences don’t notice the absence of rude material. 

Being able to do a clean show doesn’t stop us from doing body function material at other times. It does make us bookable for more shows, including cruise ships, holiday resorts, and corporate appearances.

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.

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One Day Workshop. We Are Funny Improv with Rob Hitchmough
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

One Day Workshop. We Are Funny Improv with Rob Hitchmough

We are extremely fortunate to, once again, have Rob Hitchmough teaching this Impro class with We Are Funny Project.

£30 "Late Booker" available until September 16th

That means for the best deal comes in at £6 per hour!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-day-workshop-we-are-funny-improv-with-rob-hitchmough-tickets-47707402124

We'll be playing improvised games, new games from previous such days, and upping the comedy skills of all the students.

Laughs are guaranteed on this most fun Workshop.

Rob even has his picture framed and on the stairwell at The Comedy Store alongside other greats of comedy!

We will look at techniques in, ‘raising the stakes’ and, creating comedy characters. One particularly useful skill we will develop is how to make others appear funny.

By the end of the workshop students will have laid to rest any fear they have of impro’, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of establishing a scene, making it interesting and finding an ending.

“Rob has been a regular tutor of stand up and improvisation at The Actors Centre for over ten years. He is a valuable and popular tutor, respected by members, other tutors and the staff at The Actors Centre.”�Michael John (Head of Programming at The Actor’s Centre, London.)

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Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro
Jun
24
12:00 PM12:00

Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until Monday June 11th 2018. The Late Booker price of £85 will then apply.

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).

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.

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.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/punch-up-your-stand-up-comedy-workshop-with-scott-capurro-tickets-39367837261


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

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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Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price
May
20
12:00 PM12:00

Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price

£55 Early Bird price expires May 7th and then jumps to £75 for late bookers.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/comedy-storytelling-workshop-with-matt-price-tickets-41546188769

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

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, I mean joke driven stories with a beginning, middle and a pay off at the end. 

If you have a look on comedycv 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, aswell 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 peforming long form stories in different types of rooms. 

And 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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One Day Workshop. We Are Funny Improv with Rob Hitchmough
Apr
29
12:30 PM12:30

One Day Workshop. We Are Funny Improv with Rob Hitchmough

We are extremely fortunate to have Rob Hitchmough teaching this Impro class with We Are Funny Project. We'll be playing improvised games, new games from previous such days, and upping the comedy skills of all the students. 

Laughs are guaranteed on this most fun Workshop.

Rob even has his picture framed and on the stairwell at The Comedy Store alongside other greats of comedy! 

The cost for the session is £20 plus ticketing (£21.83).

Email Alfie@wearefunnyproject.com for further info

We will look at techniques in, ‘raising the stakes’ and, creating comedy characters. One particularly useful skill we will develop is how to make others appear funny.

By the end of the workshop students will have laid to rest any fear they have of impro’, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of establishing a scene, making it interesting and finding an ending. 

“Rob has been a regular tutor of stand up and improvisation at The Actors Centre for over ten years. He is a valuable and popular tutor, respected by members, other tutors and the staff at The Actors Centre.”�Michael John (Head of Programming at The Actor’s Centre, London.)

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Workshop - MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop - MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes

I am tweaking the previous format to make this a smaller class that runs longer. The fee includes the chance to MC half an open mic night in order to apply what has been learned and have some laughs.

The "Early Bird" price is £75 and is available until 11pm Monday January 9th. The price then rises to £95.

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 600 shows, 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
February 4 · Saint Albans · 
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
February 4 · 
Brilliant day of comedy learning with the brilliant Alfie.

Lou LaBelle
February 5 · Birmingham · 
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! 😁 And lovely classmates too! Good luck all 😊

Mandy McCarthy
February 5 · 
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
February 5 · 
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
February 3 · 
Superb!!!!! Thanks again!!!!

Kathryn Taylor
February 3 · 
Thanks for an enjoyable and informative day. X

Rudy Ilyas
February 4 · 
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
October 14 at 3:37pm · 

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
October 13 at 12:38pm · 

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

Chris Jones
October 11 at 7:17pm · 

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

Vanessa Marcié
October 11 at 11:12am · 

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

Rob Mayhew
October 10 at 7:51am · London · 

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
October 8 at 10:55pm · London · 

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
October 8 at 8:37pm · 

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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How to Develop Comedy for Television with Howard Cohen
Mar
18
12:00 PM12:00

How to Develop Comedy for Television with Howard Cohen

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until 6pm March 5th then increases to £85.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-develop-comedy-for-television-with-howard-cohen-and-wafp-tickets-39609992554

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.

TV credits include 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 produced and directed a highly successful a series of scripted comedy films for Yahoo! and in 2016 produced, directed and edited the number one most viewed series of shorts for Channel 4 online.

Howards' first scripted comedy has been optioned by a major production company, whilst his second scripted project is currently in development at another company.

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.

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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NLP for Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Richard Lindesay
Mar
4
12:00 PM12:00

NLP for Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Richard Lindesay

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.

The "Early Bird" ticket price of £55 is available until February 19th and then increases to £75. The price includes a guaranteed spot at at a We Are Funny Project gig soon after, so that what has been learned can be applied.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nlp-for-stand-up-comedy-workshop-with-richard-lindesay-and-wafp-tickets-39609689648

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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Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro
Feb
25
12:00 PM12:00

Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until February 5th 2018. The Late Booker price of £85 will then apply.

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).

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.

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.

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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Clowning Workshop with Dave Thompson and We Are Funny Project
Feb
4
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.....

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/clowning-workshop-with-dave-thompson-and-we-are-funny-project-tickets-36514597143

The £55 price for the day includes pub meal and a drink. Students will be provided a guaranteed open mic spot with We Are Funny Project so that they might practise some of what they will have learned.



The "Early Bird £55 price expires on 22nd January and then the price increases to £75 for late bookers.



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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How To Be Funny: A One Day Workshop with Dave Thompson
Jan
28
12:00 PM12:00

How To Be Funny: A One Day Workshop with Dave Thompson

The price for the day is £75.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-be-funny-a-one-day-workshop-with-dave-thompson-tickets-32347957612


Students will also be assured an open mic spot, if they wish, with We Are Funny Project, so what has been learned can be applied.

Develop the ability to relax and generate laughter. Whether you want to perform stand-up comedy, or give engaging presentations, making people laugh will boost your success. Find the “place of power” in a room, and be confident with a crowd. Explore body language, persona, and rhythm, to intrigue your audience. Learn about joke structure, and how to find the laugh.

Persona:

Your persona is the lens through which the audience sees your material. A persona that’s clear can make poor material hilarious. A persona that’s hard to understand can make brilliant material dull. A slight adjustment to your presence on stage can make a huge impact.

Who Can Attend?

Those who want an injection of confidence at public speaking. Anyone who wants to try stand-up comedy. Comedians and actors who want to be funnier. 

The Joy of Speaking in Public:

Public speaking is one of the few occupations where you don’t need qualifications. You’re not required to wear a uniform – nobody dictates how you should look. No government department dictates that you meet their professional standards. You can say what you want, how you want, without assessing health and safety. You don’t have to provide energy ratings, lists of ingredients, or DBS checks. If you’re interesting enough, you can pretty much live outside the system that so many dream of escaping.

People have made their living by bewitching strangers since Biblical times. Microphones came along a hundred and fifty years ago, but the fundamentals of public speaking are much as they were at the time of the Pharaohs. Come and discover the ancient secrets!

Getting On Stage:

We cover:

Ways to relax and be confident in front of a crowd.

How to engage your audience.

Using your voice to make your performance pleasant to hear.

Mic and mic stand technique.

Finding the light, and owning the stage.

Being your own manager, to create and exploit opportunity.


Not Just Thinking – But Doing:

The workshop is practical. During the second half you are asked to produce a minute of material and perform it to the group. You are then given feedback.

Dave Thompson

Dave is best known as the person inside the Tinky Winky costume in ‘Teletubbies’, which is still shown all over the world. He’s appeared in four of Harry Hill’s live tours, including ‘Sausage Time’, the DVD of which was released in 2014. His novel ‘The Sex Life of a Comedian’ is available on Amazon.
Dave has performed stand-up comedy in thirty-four countries outside the UK, and acted in four comedy feature films. He’s written for Harry Hill, Omid Djalili, Phil Nichol, Tony Law, Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Jim Tavare, Ben Elton, John Moloney, and Stewart Lee. He was a commissioned writer on ‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp’ and ‘The Sketch Show’ which starred Lee Mack and Tim Vine. He’s appeared in most series of ‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp’ in human or costume roles. He was in eight episodes of Al Murray’s sitcom ‘Time Gentlemen Please’.

Dave’s worked as a visiting lecturer on the comedy degree course at Solent University, and at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. He has been invited to teach comedy courses in London, Cardiff, Brighton, Atlantic College (Wales), Budapest, Nässjö and Örebro in Sweden. He’s taught corporate presentation skills training in several companies in Britain and Hungary.

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Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price and We Are Funny Project
Jan
14
12:00 PM12:00

Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price and We Are Funny Project

£55 Early Bird price expires December 25th and then jumps to £75 for late bookers.

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

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, I mean joke driven stories with a beginning, middle and a pay off at the end. 

If you have a look on comedycv 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 peforming long form stories in different types of rooms. And 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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Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro and WAFP
Nov
12
12:00 PM12:00

Punch Up Your Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Scott Capurro and WAFP

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until October 30th, includes a pub meal and drink. The Late Booker price of £85 will apply after October 30th.

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 Capurrowinner of several comedy awards, including the prestigious Perrier Award (when it still mattered).

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.

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.

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.

www.scottcapurro.com

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NLP for Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Richard Lindesay and We Are Funny Project
Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

NLP for Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Richard Lindesay and We Are Funny Project

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.

The ticket price of £65 includes a pub meal and drink during the workshop, plus a guaranteed spot at at a We Are Funny Project gig soon after, so that what has been learned can be applied.

This Early Bird £65 price offer expires on October 16th when the price will rise to £85.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nlp-for-stand-up-comedy-with-richard-lindesay-and-we-are-funny-project-tickets-36358331749 

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

- Work on your material and delivery live onstage

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 lead 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 my 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 write 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 and more general questions on the comedy scene (where he feels wualified to comment)

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How to Develop Comedy for Television with Howard Cohen and WAFP
Oct
15
12:00 PM12:00

How to Develop Comedy for Television with Howard Cohen and WAFP

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until October 2nd, includes a pub meal and drink.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-develop-comedy-for-television-with-howard-cohen-and-we-are-funny-project-tickets-36393823907 

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.

TV credits include 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 produced and directed a highly successful a series of scripted comedy films for Yahoo!and in 2016 produced, directed and edited the number one most viewed series of shorts for Channel 4 online.

Howards' first scripted comedy has been optioned by a major production company, whilst his second scripted project is currently in development at another company.

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.

The price for the workshop with rise to £85 from 6pm on October 2nd.

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.

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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Musical Comedy Workshop with Kate Lucas and We Are Funny Project
Oct
14
12:00 PM12:00

Musical Comedy Workshop with Kate Lucas and We Are Funny Project

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until October 2nd, includes a pub meal and drink.

Students are guaranteed stage time with the We Are Funny Project so that lessons can be applied.

Award winning musical comedian Kate Lucas is known for her razor sharp and deliciously dark songs. She combines catchy melodies with original lyrics to showcase her playfully bitter musings on life. Audiences have come to expect examples of what not to say and how not to behave from this gloriously talented young comic.

‘A true musical genius’ | Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

In 2014, Kate took home the title for the prestigious Leicester Mercury New Comedian of the Year and her performances since have been met with huge critical acclaim.

Naturally, singers, and a whole range of instruments, are welcomed, the principles taught are universal.

The Workshop will feature:

- A look through examples of musical comedy and varying styles
- Improvisation games to get students thinking on their feet
- Group tasks examining the relationship between style and tone
- Feedback on the group tasks
- A look at some of the different approaches to song-writing
- A final task which can be done in small groups, or individually, will be to write your own song (This can be completely original or if you would prefer can be changing the words to an existing song) and present it to the group.
- Exercises designed to warm up voices and get everyone loosened up
- Feedback on each song.

The "Late Booker" price jumps to £85 from 6pm October 2nd.

Alfie Noakes will happily have a drink with students after the event and answer questions on he London comedy scene, where he feels qualified to answer.

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Radio Comedy Workshop with Adam Bromley and We Are Funny Project
Oct
8
10:00 AM10:00

Radio Comedy Workshop with Adam Bromley and We Are Funny Project

Our tutor, Adam Bromley, has worked in radio comedy on and off for 15 years and has won 2 Sony Awards for Comedy for "Think the Unthinkable" and "The Now Show" for BBC R4.

Adam has had 13 original series commissions for network radio, produced and executive produced shows for R4, 4Xtra, R2, 5 Live, BBC London and BBC Local radio.

The Early Bird cost for the day is £100, available until 6pm Monday October 30th, including post-event production and delivery of a short recorded comedy "bit", sketch or scene.

The Late Booker cost is £120

Outline of the day:

- Overview of radio comedy genres
- Monologue fundamentals
- Morning break
- Sitcom fundamentals
- Sketch fundamentals
- Writing exercise
- Radio performance tips
- Recording the writing exercise
- Guidance on pitching/approaching venues such as the BBC

Microphones will be in place for recording your freshly written short "bits" at the end of the workshop. We shall send the recording to you, mixed and finalised, within 2 weeks after the Workshop.

Adams' 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, secret recordings etc.

Kris Dyer will join the class to assist in the recording and performance process

http://www.krisdyer.co.uk

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.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/radio-comedy-workshop-with-adam-bromley-and-we-are-funny-project-tickets-36305547871

 

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MCing Open Mic Comedy with Alfie Noakes and We Are Funny Project
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

MCing Open Mic Comedy with Alfie Noakes and We Are Funny Project

The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until September 25th, includes a pub meal and drink.

Students are guaranteed stage time with the We Are Funny Project, getting to MC half of an open mic show so as to apply some of what has been learned.

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 600 shows, most often with up to 18 acts on the bill, fast-fire and swift turnaround shows.

The Late Booker fee will be £85, so please do yourself a favour and don't leave booking until the last minute!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mcing-open-mic-comedy-with-alfie-noakes-and-we-are-funny-project-tickets-36392758721

 

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Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price and We Are Funny
Jun
11
12:00 PM12:00

Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price and We Are Funny

The cost for the day includes a pub lunch and drink, pint or glass of wine. £65 Early Bird price expires Monday June 6th.

Who should attend : The course is for people who want to develop their storytelling skills. Newbies and more seasoned comics and public speakers will benefit from this day.

The aim is to help participants get a better a understanding of the mechanics of telling a funny story. By the end of it, students will have a broad insight in how to develop and structure a story from the initial idea to a honed piece of comedy.

The course will include practical tips on how to :

use silences to great affect
seamlessly set up and use callbacks
weaving in and out of banter
distraction
telling two stories at once
finding a story that suits your persona
tying everything up at the end
narrative arc for an hour long show or longer story
Tone and stage craft
Things that can go wrong that can be used to your advantage

In recent years storytelling comedy has become a separate sub genre at the Edinburgh Festival and increasingly comedians are describing themselves as storytellers. Traditionally that was code for either “not funny”, or “not having any jokes.” Now a storytelling style is very popular with audiences at comedy clubs and comedy festivals all over the world.

Students will be provided stage time at a We Are Funny Project open mic night in the period following the class in order to apply some of what they have learned.

There is a knack to telling a good story. A way of cutting out unnecessary set ups, deciding what the story is about and what it's really about. Most importantly, there is a way of making a story engaging and funny. That is the overall aim of this course.

Participants will need to prepare in advance, either an outline of a story or a story that is 3 minutes in length. They need to be able to explain why it's funny. They will perform their story and get feedback in the afternoon. They will leave with a better understanding of how to tell their story in a club set or show.

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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Welcome to Stand Up - One Day Workshop with Dave Thompson
Jun
10
12:00 PM12:00

Welcome to Stand Up - One Day Workshop with Dave Thompson

This Workshop is designed for beginners, who want to try stand up, but aren’t sure how to start. It can also be helpful for those who want to improve their public speaking skills. People who want to do the course as a fun way of improving their English are welcome.

The £65 price for the day includes pub meal and a drink, soft or hard. Students will also be assured an open mic spot with We Are Funny Project so that what has been learned can be applied.

The Joy of Stand Up, or, Welcome to the Wild West!

Getting On Stage.
We cover:
Ways to relax and be confident in front of a crowd.
How to engage your audience.
Using your voice to make your performance pleasant to hear.
Mic and mic stand technique.
Finding the light, and owning the stage.
Being your own manager, to create and exploit opportunity.

Stand Up Personae
How to find your stand-up persona. According to the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, the persona is “a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual". Whatever material one performs, the persona is the lens through which the audience sees it. A persona that works well on stage can make poor material seem hilarious, but a persona that doesn’t work, can make brilliant material unfunny. All of the stand-up personae are explained, so you can explore which persona suits you.

Material
The workshop aims to help you develop your ability to create comedy material.
To this end, you learn about different types of joke.

Not Just Thinking – But Doing.
The workshop is practical. During the second half you are asked to produce a minute of material and perform it to the group. You are then given immediate and personal feedback.

Stand-Up comedy is one of the few professions where you don’t need qualifications. You’re not required to wear a uniform, or dress to meet someone’s approval. Nobody decides whether or not you can have facial hair, tattoos, piercings, or pink hair. No government department dictates that you meet their professional standards. You can say what you want, how you want, without assessing health and safety. You don’t have to provide energy ratings, lists of ingredients, or DBS checks. If you’re funny enough, you can pretty much live outside the system that so many people dream of escaping.

People have made their living by making strangers laugh since Biblical times. Microphones came along a hundred and fifty years ago, but the fundamentals of comedy are much as they were at the time of the Pharaohs. Come and discover the ancient secrets!

Endorsements:
“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

"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 comedian black belt. We learnt that, to make them 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

"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.

Dave Thompson
Dave is best known as the person inside the Tinky Winky costume in ‘Teletubbies’, which is still shown all over the world. He’s appeared in four of Harry Hill’s live tours, including ‘Sausage Time’, the DVD of which was released in 2014. Dave’s novel ‘The Sex Life of a Comedian’ is available on amazon.
Dave has performed stand-up comedy in thirty-three countries outside the UK, and acted in four comedy feature films. He’s written for Harry Hill, Omid Djalili, Phil Nichol, Tony Law, Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Jim Tavare, Ben Elton, John Moloney, and Stewart Lee. He was a commissioned writer on ‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp’ and ‘The Sketch Show’ which starred Lee Mack and Tim Vine. He’s appeared in most series of ‘Harry Hill’s TV Burp’ in human or costume roles. He was in eight episodes of Al Murray’s sitcom ‘Time Gentlemen Please’.

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

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"Character Comedy" Workshop with Howard Smith AKA Keith Platt
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

"Character Comedy" Workshop with Howard Smith AKA 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.

In July We Are Funny Dalston will stage a special "Character Comedy" themed night and students will be invited to perform at that show.

Either way, students will get priority booking for a 5 spot at an open mic night soon after so that they can apply some of what they have learned.

The price is £65 for the day Workshop and includes pub meal and a drink, pint or glass of wine.

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 16 years and as character Keith Platt – Professional Yorkshireman for 9 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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Clowning Workshop with Dave Thompson and We Are Funny Project
May
21
12:00 PM12:00

Clowning Workshop with Dave Thompson and We Are Funny Project

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

 

The £65 price for the day includes pub meal and a drink. Students will be provided a guaranteed open mic spot with We Are Funny Project so that they might practise some of what they will have learned.

 

The "Early Bird £65 price expires on May 15th and then the price increases to £75 for late bookers.

 

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.

 

“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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Mimicry & Satire Workshop with Will Franken We Are Funny Project
May
20
12:00 PM12:00

Mimicry & Satire Workshop with Will Franken We Are Funny Project

This Workshop 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 "Early Bird" £65 price for the day is available until 6pm May 15th when the price then increases to £75. These includes pub meal and a drink, and every student is guaranteed some We Are Funny Project open mic stage time in order to apply some of what has been learned

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! 

Comments from former students:

Janet Bettesworth " A satirist is the opposite of a decent human being". The irreverence and subversiveness should remain cold and never culminate in an easy, tension-relieving joke. Chris Morris was quoted by Will Franken as an example of this, but not until he'd already invoked Horace, Juvenal, Aristophanes, Chaucer, Moliere and more recently Lenny Bruce and Steve Colbert. This was never long-winded, zipped along and was extraordinarily entertaining, Various exercises involving everyone brought in mimicry as a tool of satire. The massive privilege of understanding the origins of satire as well as having a really fun day make this workshop, in my opinion, priceless.

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Daniel Clay Fun course with some great practical exercises. It was good to go beyond the trivial and think about bringing comedy to the meaningfull by highlighting the madness around us. Good course!

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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 Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough
May
7
1:30 PM13:30

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough

We are extremely fortunate to have Rob Hitchmough teaching a monthly Impro class with We Are Funny Project. We'll be playing improvised games, and upping the comedy skills of all the students. Laughs are guaranteed on this most fun Workshop.

Rob even has his picture framed and on the stairwell at The Comedy Store alongside other greats of comedy! 

The cost for the session is £20
Email Alfie@wearefunnyproject.com for further info

We will look at techniques in, ‘raising the stakes’ and, creating comedy characters. One particularly useful skill we will develop is how to make others appear funny.

By the end of the workshop students will have laid to rest any fear they have of impro’, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of establishing a scene, making it interesting and finding an ending. 

“Rob has been a regular tutor of stand up and improvisation at The Actors Centre for over ten years. He is a valuable and popular tutor, respected by members, other tutors and the staff at The Actors Centre.”�Michael John (Head of Programming at The Actor’s Centre, London.)

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We Are Funny "MCing" Workshop with Stephen Grant
Apr
23
11:45 AM11:45

We Are Funny "MCing" Workshop with Stephen Grant

This is quite simply a master-class. Stephen Grant is a comic genius, twice winner of MC of the Year and regular MC at The Comedy Store New Years’ Eve show, arguably the biggest club gig in Europe.

Students will also MC half of a WAFP open mic night in the autumn.

Quality pub meal and a pint or maybe a glass of wine included.

The focus of the day is to give the essential information as what is expected of an MC, best practices, pitfalls to avoid and how best to mine the comedy in this all essential role.

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

The day will begin with a class from Stephen about the key issues and examples of getting it right and getting it wrong.

After a break, the students will be invited to come up and take around 3 minutes to show how they might open a show as an MC and then receive imemdiate personalised feedback. In which there are lots of laughs to be had.

The students will be the audience for one another and will learn as much gleaning info from comments on one another as much as for themselves. Many friendships seem to be made on days such as these.

Finally, there is a Q&A with Stephen and then with Alfie in the bar from 430pm for an hour or so.

Alfie will focus more on the open mic scene in general, or whatever you wish to know about, where possible.

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We Are Funny NLP and Body Language for Comedians Workshop
Apr
9
12:00 PM12:00

We Are Funny NLP and Body Language for Comedians Workshop

Our teacher David has been a Master Trainer of NLP since 1996. He has been a public speaker for over 25 years. Whilst he realised he was a great trainer and speaker he had to admit to himself that he was far from entertaining. To resolve this he used NLP modeling techniques to extract the delivery skills of his favourite comedians. David Spikey, Peter Kay, Jack Dee and Stuart Francis to name but a few.

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

Jimmy Carr is well known as an NLP enthusiast and is a trained NLP Practitioner.

Pub meal and drink are included in the price of £120 "Early Bird" or £150 "late booker".

This a broad and dense topic, this is a focused and detailed introduction to the art and skills and how to apply for comedy effect.

List of matters that would be covered, and skills provided to address or enhance the performance of a comedian:

1. Develop rapport with the crowd with non-verbal communication skills
2. Establish memory and creative techniques for mastering (new) material
3. Banish unpleasant pre-gig nerves
4. Slip into “the zone” or a “flow state” for optimum performance, at will
5. “Read the room” and therefore know which audience members to go to and whom to leave alone.
6. How to “win over” a room by identifying and managing “rapport leaders”
7. Greater control over own performance and audience
8. Learn to be comfortable with silences
9. Avoid being knocked off track by preparing for occasional, yet predictable, events
10. Benefit from lessons learned by modelling skills of established professionals
11. Maintain your state and status throughout a performance
12. Master “Satir Categories”.
- Leveller (Hush!)
- Placator (Yes Man)
- Computer (Robotic)
- Blamer (Your Fault)
- Distractor (Asymmetry)

We will show you how to add dynamics and energy to your performance, however, these skills can help with a great range of life matters.

Comments from previous students:

Chris Cooke
· December 9, 2016
I took the NLP Course for Comedians. It was very interesting and informative. I certainly hope to be able to put what we were shown into practice. I found the body language lessons were the most valuable aspect of the course. The approach to focusing and relaxation was not entirely new to me, but David introduced new aspects to it.

Kelvin Green Like most people, not sure if NLP is for me, but Dave Shepherd is such an authority on his subject, you cannot glean that type of info from books or googling; a very intense workshop that I would reccomend to anyone, comedian or whatever. Dave, a very approachable practitioner, gave us a lot of great insights into crowds, and the dynamics of crowds, something you don't really spend too much time on, and also the physiology of communication. My favourite aspect was getting into 'State', which sounds mysterious, but is something anyone will recognize a s being essential for performance. Now, must deploy my new tools. These workshops, short, good value and informative, are great tasters to which you can further your knowledge, without committing any long/time consuming course. Saves a lot of hit or miss on quality, the ground work is done, just provide the motivation. Thanks again Alfie, Alex and dave; and fellow students.
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Darron Hargreaves Yeah. I'd echo that Kelvin. Really enjoyable and fascinating session. 
Definitely felt I took something positive away from spending time with this knowledgeable guy. 
I've used NLP before, but not directly in this context, so I look forward to trying some of it on stage.

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We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough
Apr
2
1:30 PM13:30

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough

We are extremely fortunate to have Rob Hitchmough teaching a monthly Impro class with We Are Funny Project. We'll be playing improvised games, and upping the comedy skills of all the students. Laughs are guaranteed on this most fun Workshop.

Rob even has his picture framed and on the stairwell at The Comedy Store alongside other greats of comedy! 

The cost for the session is £20
Email Alfie@wearefunnyproject.com for further info

We will look at techniques in, ‘raising the stakes’ and, creating comedy characters. One particularly useful skill we will develop is how to make others appear funny.

By the end of the workshop students will have laid to rest any fear they have of impro’, a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of establishing a scene, making it interesting and finding an ending. 

“Rob has been a regular tutor of stand up and improvisation at The Actors Centre for over ten years. He is a valuable and popular tutor, respected by members, other tutors and the staff at The Actors Centre.”�Michael John (Head of Programming at The Actor’s Centre, London.)

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