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 2 open mic spots with We Are Funny Project so that what has been learned can be applied. Click the button to book your place or scroll down to learn more:
This workshop covers:
Getting On Stage
- 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
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.
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!
Testimonials for Dave Thompson
About 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.