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 16:45 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.