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Workshop - MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes

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

This workshop has been postponed, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, from Sept 9th to September 29th.

The "Early Bird" price is available until 11pm Monday 17th September, £75, as opposed to the late booker fee of £95.

We have tweaked the original format to make this a smaller class that runs longer. The fee includes the chance to MC half an open mic night so that students have a chance to apply what has been learned and have some laughs.

The "Early Bird" price of £75, as opposed to £95 for late bookers, is available until 11pm on Monday 27th August.

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, often with up to 18 acts on the bill, fast-fire and swift turnaround shows.

Private tuition is available, email for more info.

Comments from previous students of this Workshop:

Eamon Goodfellow
February 4 · Saint Albans · 
So what did I do yesterday? Well I basically got a brain dump about how to host an open mic night from Alfie. It was fun, informative (I mean really feckin informative, I have pages of notes and tips that will improve my stand-up, presenting at work and most importantly how to leave a mic stand) and so enlightening. I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to MC any night be it comedy or corporate.

Rachel Carroll
February 4 · 
Brilliant day of comedy learning with the brilliant Alfie.

Lou LaBelle
February 5 · Birmingham · 
Thanks for a great day! Info-packed, loads of notes, lots to take away & think about before coming back to put it into practice! Really looking forward to it!