We Are Funny Dalston with Jim Campbell
Jun
26
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Jim Campbell

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the fantastic Jim Campbell!

Few walk-in spots are always available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

Guest MCs are Carl Carzana & Stuart Wilson.

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Alex Martini - Comedian
Howard Cohen

5-Spots
Neil Benson
Matthew Reynolds
Dominic McHale
Jenny Bolt
Lucas Szczesiak
Paul Entwistle
Johnny Dave (Nathan Clemence)
Bella Humphries
Max KH

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Dalston with Rick Kiesewetter
Jun
29
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Rick Kiesewetter

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the magnificent Rick Kiesewetter!

A couple of WALK-INS for this show.

MC is our resident Alex Martini - Comedian!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Janis Haves
Spring Day

5-Spots
Kathryn Mather
Mike Lash
Dan Mayo
Kelvin Green
Valerio Sarà
Mo Saffaf
Luke Poulton
Peter Flanagan
Gary Shaw

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Workshop "Maximising Your Stand Up" Stephen Grant
Oct
1
11:45 am11:45

We Are Funny Workshop "Maximising Your Stand Up" Stephen Grant

  • Farr's School of Dancing

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.

This Workshop is designed for acts at all levels, however, anyone with less than 200 gigs will surely benefit the most. This is the best advice, with direct feedback, from one of the greats of British comedy. 

The £75 price is for a newly reduced class size and includes pub meal and a drink, pint or a glass of wine. 

The focus is on taking a bit and focusing in on it, breaking it down, building it back up to funnier and what some key processes are. It'll take an OK idea and make it good, and likely a good idea would be propelled to great material.

Stephen will present a lecture on the theories and processes at the beginning of the day and then after a break each act will get up and do 2- 3 minutes for immediate feedback. The rest of the class will be the audience, and as much is learned from the comments for fellow students as in the personalised review. There are a lot of laughs throughout the day.

I am utterly convinced that this Workshop will save new acts from so many errors and dead-ends in their earlier days, and it’s a great way to get to know other fresh(ish) faces on the scene.

We believe it is important that you can apply what you learn at the Workshop, so each student will be offered some stage time at our gigs in the period following the Workshop.

Comedy Sketch Writing with Will Franken
May
6
12:00 pm12:00

Comedy Sketch Writing with Will Franken

  • Farr's School of Dancing

The price includes pub meal and a drink.

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

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

The 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.

Where to find the ideas and how to mine them for laughs and performance options are the key questions addressed.

Sketch comedy. Its’ purpose is threefold:

1) to entertain,
2) to provide an alternative to the tedious regularity of stand-up, and
3) to infuse the noble art of theatre back into comedic performance, where, these days, it is sorely needed. And cult comedic sensation Will Franken is one of its staunchest advocates and purveyors.

Many amateur variety shows or even Oxbridge revues might benefit from a writing and performance workshop drilling down on questions such as how to determine whether a piece is more fitted to a monologue or dialogue, which themes are too saccharine and predictable, how to develop and consistently maintain characters, and when to exit a sketch before it lapses into tedium – or, equally important, how to finish one without bludgeoning the audience with a trite and clumsy punchline?

Early bird price of £55 available until May 1st and then the price increases to £75

Sound Performance, Recording and Techniques for Podcasting Workshop with Robin Green
May
13
10:00 am10:00

Sound Performance, Recording and Techniques for Podcasting Workshop with Robin Green

  • Idea Store Whitechapel

Our new Workshop ventures into new territory, with a top rate and experienced teacher, Robin Green, and has an initial focus on those who wish to produce a podcast (likely a funny one).

Workshop Topics include: 

  • The recording environment and how to make best of it
  • Avoiding common sound problems (some will surprise you)
  • Jargon busting and explanation
  • Overview of essential and ideal equipment (we are mindful that many productions will be made on a budget)
  • Choosing an editing / recording system to best suit you
  • Monitoring sound (by ear and with meters)
  • Discussion of different microphones, best placement and techniques (a selection will be available on the day to try)
  • Commonly used production tools (covering process and principles)

The limited number of "Early Bird" tickets cost for the day is £120 and available until May 6th at which time the price will increase to £150.

Lessons learned in this Workshop focus on general principles of sound production and be relevant to users of most recording or editing systems, they will go far beyond one specific purpose, the principles taught can be applied to microphone technique, recording sketches, live performances, interviews and more…..the focus being on spoken word format, (be it for live applications, podcast or video production). 

Radio producers, journalists, short film makers, documentary makers would all benefit from the skills and knowledge shared. Nonetheless, we assume making a pro sounding podcast will, for most students, be the main interest in the first instance.

Know this, your content can be first rate but if it sounds awful then you will lose your audience. That’s a simple reality.

As an added extra after the main class has ended, students will be invited to join us for drinks in a nearby pub where additional questions may be asked in a more relaxed setting. Former BBC journalist, Alfie Noakes, will be present to offer advice on booking interviews and applying good interview techniques, should this be your interest.

The day covers much technical territory yet is delivered by a seasoned industry pro who will present matters in lay terms.

A major objective of the workshop is to to ensure that you can employ understandable and useable principles and processes to your audio projects. 

Previous experience in sound recording is not a requirement at all, this Workshop is here to help you to hit the ground running and open the world of sound recording for you. With this said, those with some experience will benefit from learning on a more advanced level.

Demonstrations will be part of the day and will make use of Avid’s hugely successful “Protools” sound editing software, however any principles taught will be universal and can be replicated on many other software systems. (On application we can suggest several freeware and more professional systems to try out if you are interested in downloading one before the workshop).

In the period following the Workshop you will be given opportunity to contact the trainer and ask specific follow up questions, so if something new pops up and you need some help, then it is available.

Although not a requirement, please feel free to bring your own equipment along on the day to try out any processes for yourself. If so, please ensure that you are reasonably familiar with the basic operations of your software / hardware beforehand as we will not be able to provide system specific I.T support.

Please bring a pair of headphones with a ¼” (larger size) jack.

 

We Are Funny Dalston with Angus Dunican
Jun
22
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Angus Dunican

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the magnificent Angus Dunican!

A couple of WALK-INS for this show.

MC is our resident Alex Martini - Comedian!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Sarah Iles
Mad Ron (Steve Lee)

5-Spots
Winter Foenander
Pope Lonergan
Mel Byron
Aaron Levene
Mat Wills
Dave Black
Sean Sellers
Rebecca How
Luke Poulton

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Dalston with Dave Green
Jun
19
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Dave Green

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the fantastic Dave Green!

Few walk-in spots are always available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

Guest MCs are Konstantin Kisin & Adam Cox!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Alex Martini - Comedian
Ben Kavanagh

5-Spots
Verity Day
Giuseppe Gib
Andrea Gori
Mart Zed
Andrew Carberry
Will Preston
Livs Hunter
Lee Ashby
Lizzie Hopley
April Small

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Dalston with David Mills
Jun
15
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with David Mills

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the magnificent David Mills!

A couple of WALK-INS for this show.

MC is our resident Alex Martini - Comedian!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Daphna Baram
Colin Chadwick

5-Spots
Katherine Atkinson
Arfie Mononym
Peter Merriment
Nobumi Kobayashi
Jo Fletcher-Cross
Chris Nelson (aka SUE GIVES A FUCK)
Georgia Thorp
Cris Markiewicz
Donald Hamilton

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

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

  • Farr's School of Dancing

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

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

  • Farr's School Of Dancing

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.

We Are Funny Dalston with Loose Brie
Jun
8
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Loose Brie

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the bonkers Loose Brie!

A couple of WALK-INS for this show.

MC is our resident Alex Martini - Comedian!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Splinter (Will Collier)
Caroline Mabey 
Dave Black

5-Spots
Gary Martin
Joshua Massen
Aaron Levene
Joe Hobbs
Jaycee La Bouche
Pernilla Holland
Ali Macfarlan

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Dalston with TJ Del Reno
Jun
5
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with TJ Del Reno

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the fantastic TJ Del Reno!

Few walk-in spots are always available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

Guest MCs are Alex Kealy & Paul Pennant!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Alex Martini - Comedian
Fiona Ridgewell

5-Spots
Leighton Roff
Bentley Browning
Phil Green
David Charles Regan (Riggs)
Harry Steele
Sheldon & Winstanley
Andrew Carberry
Emily McQuade
Ben Mumford

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

"Character Comedy" Workshop with Howard Smith AKA Keith Platt
Jun
3
12:00 pm12:00

"Character Comedy" Workshop with Howard Smith AKA Keith Platt

  • Farr's School of Dancing

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.

We Are Funny Dalston with Joe Stapleton
Jun
1
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Joe Stapleton

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the magnificent Joe Stapleton!

And special feature 15-spot by the wonderful Sarah Bennetto!

A couple of WALK-INS for this show.

MC is our resident Alex Martini - Comedian!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Steve McLean
David Hardcastle

5-Spots
Tom Redman
Roxy Bourdillon
Lia Bath (Elisa Elschner)
Akin Omobitan
Patrick Spicer
Chris & the Celeriac
Kuan-wen Huang

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Dalston with Dave Black
May
31
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Dave Black

  • 17 - 19 Dalston Lane

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the magnificent Dave Black!

A couple of WALK-INS for this show.

MC is our resident Alex Martini - Comedian!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Stephen DiPlacito
Spring Day

5-Spots
April Small
Paul Entwistle
Sarah Lee
Paul Merryck
Livs Hunter
Edd Jefferson
Trevor Bickles
Maddy Willis
Laurence Hebberd
Mike Trueman

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Dalston with Sean Sellers
May
29
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Sean Sellers

  • 17 - 19 Dalston Lane

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be lovely newcomer Sean Sellers!

Few walk-in spots are always available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

Guest MCs are Tom Smith & Paul Entwistle!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Alex Martini - Comedian
Mary Feilding

5-Spots
Verity Day
Libby Bramble
Sheldon & Winstanley
Kelvin Green
Dominic McHale
Pope Lonergan
Lizzie Hughf
Bella Humphries
Chris Nelson

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough
May
28
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.)

We Are Funny Dalston with Steve McLean
May
25
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Steve McLean

  • 17 - 19 Dalston Lane

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the magnificent Steve McLean!

A couple of WALK-INS for this show.

MC is our resident Alex Martini - Comedian!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Les Connelly
Johnny Glasgow & Gary Shaw

5-Spots
Mel Byron
Akin Omobitan
Jack Wheeler
Stylophobia with Dan Rubinstein (Daniel Rubinstein)
Donald Hamilton
Giuseppe Gib
Pam Tilling
Colin Chadwick

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Dalston with Evelyn Mok
May
22
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Evelyn Mok

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the fantastic Evilyn Moch!

Few walk-in spots are always available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

Guest MCs are Eleanor Tiernan & Zach Dills!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Alex Martini - Comedian
Sarah Bennetto

5-Spots
Leighton Roff
Fiona Ridgewell
Winter Foenander
Andrew Carberry
Jenny Bolt
Jaycee La Bouche
Patrick Spicer
Philip Alexander


Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

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

  • Farr's School of Dancing

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.

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

  • Farr's School of Dancing

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.

Like · Reply · Message · November 14 at 7:13pm

 

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!

Like · Reply · Message · November 15 at 2:34pm

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.

We Are Funny Dalston with Nathan Cassidy
May
18
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Nathan Cassidy

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the magnificent Nathan Cassidy!

NO WALK-INS for this show, as too busy already...

MC is our resident Alex Martini - Comedian!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Rick Kiesewetter (Opener)
Pernilla Holland

5-Spots
Nobumi Kobayashi
Mike Lash
Kathryn Mather
Kevin O Connell
Gary Martin
Paul Warricker
Kuan-wen Huang
Sam Smedley
Jacques The Cat (Gethin)


Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Dalston with Harriet Kemsley
May
11
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Harriet Kemsley

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the magnificent Harriet Kemsley!

Few walk-in spots are always available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

MC is our resident Alex Martini - Comedian!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Boyce Bailey
Rick Murtagh

5-Spots
Jacob Hatton
Mat Wills
Dan Mayo
Lucy Garcia
Lee Ashby
Valerio Sarà
Georgia Thorp
Sean Sellers

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Dalston with Adam Riley
May
10
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Adam Riley

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the wonderful Adam Riley!

Few walk-in spots are always available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

MC is our resident Alex Martini - Comedian!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Daphna Baram
Paul Merryck

5-Spots
Shane Malone
Shehan Wanigasekera
Joshua Massen
Phil Green
Andrea Gori
Simon Jablonski
Mark Row
Lucas Szczesiak
Chris and the Celeriac (Chris Sav)

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Dalston with Paul Savage
May
8
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Paul Savage

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open-mic comedy for New Material and New Acts, 
and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a professional comedian (or semi-pro) performing a longer set. 

Headliner this time will be the fantastic Paul Savage!

Few walk-in spots are always available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

Guest MCs are Janet Bettesworth & Clifford Norton!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10-Spots
Alex Martini - Comedian
Loose Brie

5-Spots
Frank Focault (Luke Smith)
Joe Hobbs
Mad Ron (Steve Lee)
Matthew Reynolds
Andrew Carberry
Pauline Eyre
Lia Bath (Elisa Elschner)
Akin Omobitan
Sarah Southern
Kemah Bob 

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough
May
7
1:30 pm13:30

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough

  • Farr's School of Dancing

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.)

We Are Funny "MCing" Workshop with Stephen Grant
Apr
23
11:45 am11:45

We Are Funny "MCing" Workshop with Stephen Grant

  • Farr's School of Dancing

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.

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

  • Farr's School of Dancing

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.

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough
Apr
2
1:30 pm13:30

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough

  • Farr's chool of Dancing

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.)

"Radio Comedy" Workshop with Adam Bromley
Mar
26
10:00 am10:00

"Radio Comedy" Workshop with Adam Bromley

  • We Are Funny Project

Our tutor, Adam Bromley, has worked in radio comedy on and off for 14 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 cost for the day is £100 including post-event production and delivery of a short recorded comedy "bit", sketch or scene.

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 shirt "bits" at the end of the workshop. We shall send the recording to you, mixed and finalised, a few days 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.

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.

We Are Funny Dalston with Stu Turner
Mar
6
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Stu Turner

  • Farr[s School of Dancing

Open mike comedy for New Material and New Acts, and more seasoned performers too. 

Headliner is the fantastic Stu Turner!

Some walk-in spots, available to those of all experience and ability, are always kept available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 
The show is a blend of more seasoned 10 minute spots and a smorgasbord of acts doing 5 minute sets.

Guest MCs Steve Lee and Darran Griffiths will run the show

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST arrive before 19.30 or will lose their spot!)

10 Spots
Sam Rhodes

5-Spots
Alex Martini - Comedian
Daniel Cadey
Joe Hobbs
Sam Bond
Matt Arnold
Philip Green
Sam Eley
Bennett Quinn Bonci
Owen Green
Kudzai Sagwete
Jack Wheeler
Jamie Oliphant

Doors: 19.00
Show: 20.00
Show ENDS: 22.10

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough
Mar
5
1:30 pm13:30

We Are Funny Impro Comedy Workshop with Rob Hitchmough

  • Farr's School of Dancing

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

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.)

We Are Funny Dalston with Joe Jacobs
Mar
2
7:45 pm19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Joe Jacobs

  • Farr's School of Dancing

Open mike comedy for New Material and New Acts, and more seasoned performers too. 

Every show is headlined by a Pro comedian performing a longer set (occasionally a semi-pro). 
Headliner this time will be the wonderful Jester Jacobs!

Few walk-in spots are always available for each and every show, keeping it all fresh and unpredictable. 

The show is a blend of more seasoned 10 minute spots and a smorgasbord of acts doing 5 minute sets.

MC is our resident compére, Alex Martini - Comedian!

Pre-booked acts:
(MUST check-in before 19.30!)

10 Spots
Eleanor Conway
Neil Cole

5-Spots
Arfie Mansfield
Ben Kavanagh
Daniel Clay
Howell James
Jacob Hatton
Adam Coumas
Freddie Bencard
Stephen Catling
Joseph Emslie
Corey Brown

Doors will open at 19.00
Show starts at 20.00
and we guarantee it will be over before 22.10