ANNOUNCING WE ARE FASCINATING PROJECT

We are delighted to announce an expansion of the We Are Funny Project into broader areas of live spoken word events and fun nights out in London.

Commencing September 28th at The Albany Pub (Great Portland Street), we are running an initial 8 week series of talks from entertaining experts and interesting individuals.

The Talks will range from issues such as "Cults in The UK: A Growing Problem" to "A Life Undercover: Tales from an Award-Winning Journalist", or, "Crypto-currencies" through to "The Future of The War on Drugs" and more. Much more.

The events will start at 730pm, doors from 7pm, and wrap up after the Talk and Q&A, around 930 - 10pm.

 

Comedy must be diverse to counter Trump's divisions

This is taken from my article on Chortle. You can read the article in full at Chortle and learn more about We Are Funny People on this website or on Facebook.

Back in September, the brilliant comic talent that is Brendon Burns wrote a Chortle piece decrying the lack of diversity in the comedy scene. It really caught something in me.

Back in 2015 I was interviewed by Simon Caine for his excellent Ask The Industry podcast and he asked me about my diversity policy when booking gigs on the open mic scene. At the time I staged more of them than anyone else in the country.

I responded along the lines that I had no policy at all, who was I to be the decider of such issues? Further, so far as I could tell, the bookings were fairly well reflective of the scene. For example, I think female acts represent around one in eight on that circuit and there’s typically a couple of females on each bill, so it was reasonable representation I thought, the balance was organic.

Of course, there are other ‘minority’ groups such as gay people, folks with black or brown skin, disabled… My attitude was that no one got booked ‘because of…’ and nobody denied a spot ‘because of….’ either. As I believe that I carry no notable prejudice, I assumed all was OK.

Brendon’s  article snapped me out of that apathy, driven by the point that the dominating voice of straight white males was killing the diversity of opinion, experience and attitude, that when delivered well by an honest and talented performer, often allows for the presentation of the most exciting and illuminating material.

Read the rest of the article at Chortle.

This might make an ideal Christmas gift for that very particular person…..

Ho Ho Ho indeed - Welcome to Stand Up workshop with Dave Thompson

Ho Ho Ho indeed - Welcome to Stand Up workshop with Dave Thompson

Plenty of people are funny, though it’s a different beast to get up on stage with the sole intent of making an expectant audience laugh. This one day Welcome to Stand Up Workshop with veteran funny man Dave Thompson is designed for folk who would like some information and direction on how to get on in the open mic scene and get some initial advice on writing gags and performing.

There will be personal attention while writing your first material, an opportunity to get up on stage and “have a go” and then get a couple of guaranteed spots at upcoming We Are Funny Project open mic nights. Share the workshop on Facebook or book your place now at Eventbrite.

Merry Christmas!

Welcome to We Are Funny Project (Redux)

The We Are Funny Project has had a rollercoaster year and a bit, but we have stayed true to our mission: turning the investment from our generous Crowdfunders into real opportunities for comedians and comedy fans, and contributing to the London comedy scene in general.

There have been ups and downs, but that story can wait for another day. Right now you should check out our packed autumn schedule. We’re bringing a load of the good stuff to you - and we are confirming new acts all the time.

I am especially thrilled with the new Wednesday night format - they will be cracking shows. Here are some highlights:

Our main venue, Farr’s in Dalston, is in a great location, it's a cracking room, and the management have been really supportive. It's a great base for productive artists to flourish.

I am truly excited that we have so much going on, coming up, and in development. This is what The We Are Funny Project is all about:

Thank you so much to all our generous supporters, great acts and loyal comedy fans. 

Here's to a load more laughs together.

Respect and best wishes,

Alfie Noakes