Final Show. We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Alex Martini
7:45 PM19:45

Final Show. We Are Funny Dalston with Headliner Alex Martini

After 10 years of promoting, MC Alfie Noakes will run the final ever We Are Funny Project show.

The delightful comedy God that is Lenny Sherman will open the show with a 15 minute set.

The other powerhouse of We Are Funny Project, Alex Martini, will take the coveted final ever headline spot with We Are Funny Project.

To provide maximum stage time for the most people, at this vaguely grand finale, there will be fast-fire 20 x 3 minute spots!

We will still finish at 1015pm.

Open Spots (More TBA)

Unannounced Secret Act

Lance Concannon

Brandon Palmer

Jack Wheeler

Jerry Bakewell

Madame Chandelier's Guide to the Opera

Luke Terry

Nick Horseman

Caspian James

Nilly Sutton

James Selvey

Bryan James

Janet Bettesworth

Gerry Carroll

Adrian Hull (15 so far!)

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We Are Funny Dalston with Dave Green. Edinburgh Preview "Guest Bed"
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Dave Green. Edinburgh Preview "Guest Bed"

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

The earlier sections of the night of the night will be open mic. Acts need to be signed by 715pm for a 745pm start.

Open Spots

Babetta Mann

Max Hallam

Jacob Hatton

Daniel Webb

Jessica Aszkenasy

Celia Delaney

Anastasija Stolicyna

Harry Wright

Jack Wheeler

Tom Goodhead

Kieron Mirchandani

Dan Licence

Andy Bucks

The tremendous Dave Green will wrap up the show with a preview of his new Edinburgh Show "Guest Bed"

Dave grew up with two beds in his bedroom and he never knew why. ‘Guest Bed’ is a comedy and storytelling show about what it is like to be a lone twin. The show follows Dave’s journey to reluctantly becoming a celebrity impersonator and the resulting chance encounter which forces him to confront his past. At times unsettling and often darkly amusing, ‘Guest Bed’ is a hilarious tale of mistaken identities and buried memories. ‘Keen eye for the absurd’ ( Time Out’s One to Watch

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We Are Funny Dalston with Sara Barron. Edinburgh Preview "Enemies Closer"
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Sara Barron. Edinburgh Preview "Enemies Closer"

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

The earlier sections of the show will be open mic and then the tremendous Sara Barron will preview her new Edinburgh show "Enemies Closer"

Acts need to sign in by 715pm for an earlier 745pm start.

Open Spots

Ben Raywood

Paul Warricker

Michal Uchal

Mo Rafiq

Arthur Mitchell

Ellie Calnan

Laura Fountain

Ade Thompson

Alex Martini

Chris Smith

Kate Lovelock

Louis Collonette

2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee. Sara returns to the Fringe following her 5* debut hour and two sell-out runs at London’s Soho Theatre.

Her stunning new show examines kindness, meanness, ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, current husbands, all four of her remaining friends, and two of her twelve enemies. As heard on The Guilty Feminist and BBC Radio 4.

‘Destined for major stardom …simply unmissable’ (Times)

‘An excellent line in cynicism about sex, life and friendship.’ (Evening Standard)

‘Filthy and fearless.' ** (Telegraph)

*** Broadway Baby *** Funny Women *** Wee Review *** Skinny

Rest of the bill TBA

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We Are Funny Dalston with Pat Monahan - Started From The Bottom
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Pat Monahan - Started From The Bottom

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show.

The delightful Patrick Monahan will run his new WIP show "Started From The Bottom and Now I'm Here" in the final section of the gig.

The first two sections of the gig will be a weird and wonderful mix of open mic spots. Sign in by 715pm for a 745pm start.

Open Spots

Nilly Sutton

Brandon Palmer

Bryan James

Steve Wade

Rob Mayhem

Gareth Potter

Vic Melody

Verity Day

Adrian Hull

Michael Frankland

Isaac HP

Delea Shand

Jaz Mattu

Brand new stand up show from multi award winning Irish Iranian comedian Patrick Monahan.

Patrick was born in Ahvaz in Iran, with Persian, Arab & Irish roots.

His family travelled from the Middle East to the North East of England in 1980.

Always an outsider in every country or town he has lived, never actually fitting in like a local.

His family were poor working class and lived in a caravan for most of his early teenage years on the outskirts of Middlesbrough.

Always living an immigrant working class life. Eating rice every day, no alcohol, traditionally raised Iranian and they couldn’t afford any family holidays. The only time Patrick & his family went abroad was the once which was to the UK from Iran in 1980 and his family never left since.

Flash forward 2 decades and Patrick now has an upper middle class Partner. Her family holiday regularly and work in the high end Art world.

Laugh & cry at Patrick’s crazy, confused, fast changing life as he compares living as a poor working class immigrant in a caravan for most of his upbringing to this last year of his life living with his upper middle class girlfriend and skiing for the first time in his life, with millionaires and billionaires on a ski slope where he feels even more out of place. Will Patrick ever fit in anywhere or is he destined to be an outsider for ever.

He started from the bottom & now he’s here, where ever here is!

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We Are Funny Dalston with Tom Mayhew (WIP Edinburgh Preview. I, Tom Mayhew)
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Tom Mayhew (WIP Edinburgh Preview. I, Tom Mayhew)

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

This show will run in 3 sections. Starting at 745pm and finishing around 1015pm.

Open mic spots mist be signed in for 715pm.

The first two section will compromise 5 minute open spots. The final third of the show will be the WIP from Tom Mayhew

Open Spots

David Carrington

James Selvey

Laura Tellwright

Alex Plant

Harry Wright

Victoria Garofilades

Mark Hinds

Celia Delaney

Mehul Thakariya

Sanj Surati

Rob Mayhem

Jamie Fry

I, Tom Mayhew

Tom Mayhew (Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee 2017, BBC Semi-Finalist 2018) was unemployed for 3 years from the age of 18. This is a story of rejections, the JobCentre, being working-class, and fighting for your place in the world. With lots of jokes.

The show explores what it is really like for someone living in their 20s in 2019. While some seem to think we have it all, the reality is that many of us can't afford to move out of our parent's place.

"His content is from the heart....spellbinding, raw and telling. He is a genuine joy to watch." - Kate Copstick

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We Are Funny Project Dirty Dicks Reunion. Headliner Olaf Falafel
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Project Dirty Dicks Reunion. Headliner Olaf Falafel

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

The uniquely brilliant Olaf Falafel will headline the show

Stuff. Things. Laughs. Faces.

2 x 5 spots will be "picked from the hat" on the night and thus 2 audience will become 2 acts, keeping it open to all.

Graeme Mathews
Roger Clarke
Steve McLean
Johnny Glasgow
Gary Shaw
Alex Martini
Ade Thompson
Harry U Eldrich
Benedict Farse
Siobhan Dodd
Kyle Wallace
Tom White
Paul Merryck
Chris Markiewicz
Gary Brandt

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We Are Funny Dalston with Matt Price
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Matt Price

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

One of the finest Storytelling acts in the land will headline the show, Matt Price

Open Spots

Colleen Cheetham-Gerrard

Andy Winfield

John Magnus Robertson

Omar Issa

Vix Leyton

Kieron Mirchandani

Mark Flynn

Tommy Taylor

Jess Fleischer

Lauren Smith

Mickael N'Dour (Birthday Boy)

Bunny Hopkyns

Nicholas Le Santo

Harry Scott Moncrieff

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

MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes

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

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

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

The final such session until Winter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Private tuition is available, email for more info.

Comments from previous students of this Workshop:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathryn Taylor
Thanks for an enjoyable and informative day. X

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop - How To Develop Comedy for Television with Howard Cohen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You will learn how to:

· Create a character

· Develop material

· Remain in character

· Perform live

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

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

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

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

Sit-Com Writing for TV with Stephen Carlin

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

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

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

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

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

It is a fun and practical workshop that looks at:

* What makes a good sitcom

* How to create a memorable comedy character

* How to maximise the comedy

* How to avoid common mistakes

* How to make your script stand out from the crowd

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

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

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Comedy Storytelling Workshop with Matt Price
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 April 15th

£75 "Late Booker" available until April 28th

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

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

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

* The techniques used to generate ideas for stories.

* How to develop and edit a story.

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

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

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

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

Matt Price in Australia 2015 

Matt Price with a weird heckler

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

Produce Radio Comedy with Adam Bromley and We Are Funny Project

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

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

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

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

Outline of the day:

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

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

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

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

Places for this Workshop are strictly limited.

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

We Are Funny Dalston with Simon Brodkin

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

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

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

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

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

“Prodigious talent” The Times

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

“Get him out!” Donald Trump

1 The Sun

2 The Deputy Prime Minister

3 someone on Twitter

5 Spots

Alex Martini

Tom White

Will Harte

Tyler Rose

Luke Terry

Davina Bentley

Michael Akadiri

Rest of the bill TBA

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

Clowning Workshop with Dave Thompson and We Are Funny Project

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

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

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

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.


Clown Entrances and exits.

The Circle.

Ensemble playing.


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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