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Clowning Workshop with Dave Thompson and We Are Funny Project

  • Farrs School of Dancing 17-19 Dalston Lane London, England, E8 3DF United Kingdom (map)

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.....

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

£75 "Late Booker" available until November 11th

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.


Clown Entrances and exits.

The Circle.

Ensemble playing.


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.

Earlier Event: November 6
We Are Funny Dalston
Later Event: November 12
We Are Funny Dalston with Tony Marrese