Open Mic and Ed Preview. Matt Price - Last Night a Weegie
Jul
23
7:45 PM19:45

Open Mic and Ed Preview. Matt Price - Last Night a Weegie

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

 

Open mic in the first half then the mighty Matt Price will run a preview of his new Edinburgh Show "Last Night A Weegie Saved My Life"

 

5 Spots - All first half

Liaket Ali

Gavin Saunders

Gaelle Constant

Brandon Palmer

Michael Akadiri

Matt Heath

Akshay Morye

Sam Bond

Josh James

Danny Walsh

Nicholas LePanto

 

Second Half

 

Friendly Cornish Giant Matt Price was going out with a woman. The only problem, is that she wasn't going out with him, so Matt a spent a year of his life looking like the world's worst stalker. The experience triggered a memory from his childhood. Find out why he pretended to like Death Metal, why he loves bad performance poetry and how a five foot one Glaswegian woman saved his life.

 

"Fearlessly funny" ★★★★ Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

"Extraordinary" ★★★★ Steve Bennett, Chortle

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We Are Funny Dalston with Archie Maddocks
Jul
24
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Archie Maddocks

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show with guest MC Rachel Carroll

 

The tremendously talented Archie Maddocks will bring laughs as your headliner

 

5 Spots

Eamon Goodfellow

Paul Warricker

Dom Patmore

Rudy Ilyas

Harry Wright

Michael Mooch

Camille

Leslie Ewing-Burgess

Benji Waterstones

Timothy Smith

Jim Collis

Emily Davis

Micah Hall

Robert Lemon

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We Are Funny Dalston
Jul
30
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston

MC Alfie Noakes will run the show

 

This is our final show until Summer Break ends on September 9th

 

Headliner TBC

 

5 Spot

Adam Flood

Josh Baulf

Jerry Bakewell

Mike Capozzola

Dippy Singh

Nick Adamson

Peter Kelly

Jack Wheeler

Reece McLaughlin

Dave Black

Nicholas Le Panto

Lee Hudson

Chris Smith

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Workshop - MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes
Sep
9
12:00 PM12:00

Workshop - MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes

I 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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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.

£20 (plus booking is £21.91) "Very Early Bird" offer available until July 23rd

£25 (plus booking is £27.24) "Early Bird" offer available until September 3rd

£30 (plus booking is £32.27) "Late Booker" available until September 16th

That means for the best deal comes in at barely over £4 per hour!

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 - 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.

£55 "Very Early Bird" offer available until July 23rd

£65 "Early Bird" offer available until September 10th

£75 "Late Booker" available until September 23rd

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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NLP for Stand Up Comedy Workshop with Richard Lindesay and WAFP
Sep
30
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.

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

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

£85 "Late Booker" available until September 30th

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
Oct
7
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.

 

£100 "Early Bird" offer available until September 24th

 

£125 "Late Booker" available until October 7th

 

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.

 

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.

£20 (plus booking is £21.91) "Very Early Bird" offer available until July 23rd

£25 (plus booking is £27.24) "Early Bird" offer available until October 1st

£30 (plus booking is £32.27) "Late Booker" available until October 14th

That means for the best deal comes in at barely over £4 per hour!

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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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. 

£55 "Very Early Bird" offer available until July 23rd

£65 "Early Bird" offer available until October 8th

£75 "Late Booker" available until October 21st

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.

£55 "Very Early Bird" offer available until July 23rd

£65 "Early Bird" offer available until October 22nd

£75 "Late Booker" available until November 4th

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.....

£55 "Very Early Bird" offer available until July 23rd

£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.

£55 "Very Early Bird" offer available until July 23rd

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

£75 "Late Booker" available until November 11th

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

 

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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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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We Are Funny Project 5th Birthday Party with Headliner Adam Bloom
May
23
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Project 5th Birthday Party with Headliner Adam Bloom

"Early Bird" tickets are £10 or you can take a chance and "Pay What You Want".

 

We're going to be 5 years old and already worrying about the "Birthday Bumps" anticipated from the good folk who regularly gig and laugh with the best grass roots comedy outfit in the country.

 

I am delighted to announce that Adam Bloom will headline the show, he is simply one of the best comedians in the country.

 

http://www.adam-bloom.com

 

We've been in over a dozen venues across the capital and have happily settled at Farrs in Dalston for the last 2 years.

 

Come and help us celebrate by watching two world-class professional acts who have never performed with us at Farrs before, plus a special fast-fire edition of "We Are Funny Challenge".

 

There will be other surprise elements of fun, comedy and respect for the good people in this comedy community of ours. If you want to find out what they are, well, there's only one way to do it...

 

Come and join us. Laugh and play.

 

Buying one of the limited advance tickets guarantees a fine seat and you're all good... or come along and chuck into the bucket at the end of the night.

 

The "Early Bird" offer expires at 11pm on Friday 18th May and then the price jump to £15 in order to secure a seat.

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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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We Are Funny Dalston with Lynn Ruth Miller
Apr
30
7:45 PM19:45

We Are Funny Dalston with Lynn Ruth Miller

MC Alex Martini will run the show

Our headliner is the one and only Lynn Ruth Miller, unique and hilarious American comic

MC Alex Martini will run the show

 

Our headliner is the one and only Lynn Ruth Miller, unique and hilarious American comic

 

10 Spot

Andrew Buchan

 

Joleed Farah

Stephen Wade

Ross Drummond

Rudy Ilyas

Amelia Ryan

Adam Elmi

Sophie McKay

James Howell

Alex Brydon

Simon Jablonski

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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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