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How To Be Funny: A One Day Workshop with Dave Thompson

  • Farrs School of Dancing 19 Dalston Lane London, England, E8 2LX United Kingdom (map)

The price for the day is £75.

Students will also be assured an open mic spot, if they wish, with We Are Funny Project, so what has been learned can be applied.

Develop the ability to relax and generate laughter. Whether you want to perform stand-up comedy, or give engaging presentations, making people laugh will boost your success. Find the “place of power” in a room, and be confident with a crowd. Explore body language, persona, and rhythm, to intrigue your audience. Learn about joke structure, and how to find the laugh.


Your persona is the lens through which the audience sees your material. A persona that’s clear can make poor material hilarious. A persona that’s hard to understand can make brilliant material dull. A slight adjustment to your presence on stage can make a huge impact.

Who Can Attend?

Those who want an injection of confidence at public speaking. Anyone who wants to try stand-up comedy. Comedians and actors who want to be funnier. 

The Joy of Speaking in Public:

Public speaking is one of the few occupations where you don’t need qualifications. You’re not required to wear a uniform – nobody dictates how you should look. 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 interesting enough, you can pretty much live outside the system that so many dream of escaping.

People have made their living by bewitching strangers since Biblical times. Microphones came along a hundred and fifty years ago, but the fundamentals of public speaking are much as they were at the time of the Pharaohs. Come and discover the ancient secrets!

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.

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 feedback.

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. His novel ‘The Sex Life of a Comedian’ is available on Amazon.
Dave has performed stand-up comedy in thirty-four 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 been invited to teach comedy courses in London, Cardiff, Brighton, Atlantic College (Wales), Budapest, Nässjö and Örebro in Sweden. He’s taught corporate presentation skills training in several companies in Britain and Hungary.