Courses

Angel Comedy School runs a comprehensive programme of affordable courses alongside our Second City training.

The programme includes courses in stand up, joke and sketch writing, comedy film making and podcasting, protest comedy, and long and short form improv.

 

ANGEL COMEDY SCHOOL

In 2017 Angel Comedy will be running a comprehensive programme of affordable courses, alongside our Second City training, at our venue, the Bill Murray.

As well as courses in stand up, joke and sketch writing, comedy film making and podcasting, protest comedy, and long and short form improv, we’ll also be running special intensive courses with well known artists such as the Pajama Men, John Gordillo and many more more.

On Tuesdays at The Bill Murray, John Gordillo will be leading The Comedians Studio, a collaborative workshop where comedians work together to hone their writing and performance skills.

 

  • 28th May
    Sunday28/05/2017
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 4th June
    Sunday04/06/2017
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Chicago-style long-form improvisation workshops, to free your goddamn mind. Embracing everything – mistakes, hesitations and nonsense as gifts and genius. Suitable for All Levels. If you’ve come along before, we’ll be extending each of the techniques further but we’re also very very embracing of complete beginners.

These workshops are stand-alone drop-ins so there is no obligation to come to all of them but of course if you do we’ll build and build. You can pick and choose which workshops you come to.


  • Day 1
    Monday29/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 2
    Tuesday30/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 3
    Wednesday31/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 4
    Thursday01/06/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 5
    Friday02/06/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Improv Level A is the first class in the beginner improv program at The Second City. These classes are for anyone who wants to learn how to improvise, including people who want to do improv for fun, to better their professional skills, or to eventually pursue it professionally.


  • Day 1
    Monday29/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 2
    Tuesday30/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 3
    Wednesday31/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 4
    Thursday01/06/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 5
    Friday02/06/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Students learn how to improvise characters. They explore creating characters through internal motivations, like point of view, status, wants and intentions, and external ones, like experimenting with physicality. Students also continue to explore scene work in Improv Level C, learning how to perform three-person scenes, how to find the beats of scenes, and how to understand and apply subtext to scenes. They learn how to make choices in scenes that help define their character.


  • Week 6
    Wednesday31/05/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This is a short, sharp stand-up comedy writing workshop with Chris Head for gigging acts and course graduates. If you want to refresh your skills, develop new material and try it in a gig, this is the course for you. Come along with rough ideas and starting points and be inspired. Over five weeks develop new material and then perform at a showcase gig on the last night.


  • Week 1 - Monday Course
    Monday05/06/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 2 - Monday Course
    Monday12/06/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 3 - Monday Course
    Monday26/06/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 4
    Saturday01/07/2017
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come and learn some of the central tenets of MC-ing from Angel Comedy MC, Chortle Nominated MC, and Award Winning Stand Up and Angel Comedy founder Barry Ferns. There is a limited number of spaces and there are presently no plans to repeat this course again in the near future.


  • Week 1
    Thursday08/06/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 2
    Thursday15/06/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 3
    Thursday22/06/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 4
    Thursday29/06/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 5
    Thursday06/07/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

For people who have never done stand up comedy or new comedians looking to sharpen their act. We will look at the very basics of stand up comedy from learning how to write a simple “pull back and reveal” joke to how to apply for gigs on the London circuit. The courses will not only cover detailed joke writing, but also performance and how to start gigging – and will culminate in your own gig at Angel comedy!


  • Week 1 - Saturday Course
    Saturday10/06/2017
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Week 2 - Saturday Course
    Saturday17/06/2017
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Week 3 - Saturday Course
    Saturday24/06/2017
    1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Week 4
    Saturday01/07/2017
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come and learn some of the central tenets of MC-ing from Angel Comedy MC, Chortle Nominated MC, and Award Winning Stand Up and Angel Comedy founder Barry Ferns. There is a limited number of spaces and there are presently no plans to repeat this course again in the near future.


  • Saturday24/06/2017
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Studio is a place where comedians of all experiences and backgrounds come to work at the edge of their ability.

You want to find your voice or push it in a new direction. You’re developing a routine or structuring an hour. Or you need to know how you’re coming across. Whatever you bring, the Studio will dissect your presentation & process in forensic detail.

The sessions are led by director/stand up John Gordillo. All who attend are invited to contribute. The goal is to help others improve in an atmosphere of honesty and confidentiality.


  • Saturday22/07/2017
    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Studio is a place where comedians of all experiences and backgrounds come to work at the edge of their ability.

You want to find your voice or push it in a new direction. You’re developing a routine or structuring an hour. Or you need to know how you’re coming across. Whatever you bring, the Studio will dissect your presentation & process in forensic detail.

The sessions are led by director/stand up John Gordillo. All who attend are invited to contribute. The goal is to help others improve in an atmosphere of honesty and confidentiality.