The "Early Bird" price for this workshop is £65, available until September 25th, includes a pub meal and drink.
Students are guaranteed stage time with the We Are Funny Project, getting to MC half of an open mic show so as to apply some of what has been learned.
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, most often with up to 18 acts on the bill, fast-fire and swift turnaround shows.
The Late Booker fee will be £85, so please do yourself a favour and don't leave booking until the last minute!