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.

 

  • Week 1
    Wednesday01/03/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 2
    Wednesday08/03/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 3
    Wednesday15/03/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 4
    Wednesday22/03/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 5
    Wednesday29/03/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 6
    Wednesday05/04/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The focus of this workshop is to unlock the writer in you by following your instincts as an actor/performer/improviser.

We will start by building rich characters on our feet. Through guided improvisation we will zero in on your character’s idiosyncrasies, voices, postures, and world view. Once we have a handle on these new personas we can use them as powerful writing tools.


  • 5th March
    Sunday05/03/2017
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 12th March
    Sunday12/03/2017
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 19th March
    Sunday19/03/2017
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 26th March
    Sunday26/03/2017
    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.


  • Week 1
    Thursday09/03/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 2
    Thursday16/03/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 3
    Thursday23/03/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 4
    Thursday30/03/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 5
    Thursday06/04/2017
    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!


  • Saturday18/03/2017
    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.


  • Week 1
    Monday20/03/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 2
    Monday27/03/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 3
    Monday03/04/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Week 4
    Monday10/04/2017
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The courses will not only cover detailed joke writing, they will also include sessions from writers of Mock the Week and 8 out of 10 cats. Topics discussed include writing topical material and a huge amount of different techniques for developing, editing and generating material for page and stage.


  • Let's Write Sketch Comedy!
    Saturday01/04/2017
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sketch writing, the punch up
    Sunday02/04/2017
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

the tim&micah project is a turtlenecked, sketch comedy duo bringing inventive and distinct work to the sketch comedy scene. The first course covers all the tools you need to write sketches, solo or with an ensemble, using improvisational theater to discover and create quality sketch comedy. The second course teaches the tools necessary to refine and edit those drafts into finished gems of comedy greatness!


  • Week 1
    Monday03/04/2017
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Week 2
    Monday10/04/2017
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Week 3
    Monday17/04/2017
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Week 4
    Monday24/04/2017
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Week 5
    Monday01/05/2017
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you ever gone into an audition and come away disappointed? If so this workshop is for you. Like any other profession, comedians and actors need PRACTICE. In this 5 week course you will discover how to read any script and find your personal angle on the character, so that when it comes to auditions you can make strong acting choices and stand out from the crowd. You will build your acting skills and confidence in a supportive environment led by a teacher with 7 years’ experience acting and auditioning in LA, the toughest casting environment in the world.


  • Week 1
    Wednesday26/04/2017
    6:45 pm - 9:15 pm
  • Week 2
    Wednesday03/05/2017
    6:45 pm - 9:15 pm
  • Week 3
    Wednesday10/05/2017
    6:45 pm - 9:15 pm
  • Week 4
    Wednesday17/05/2017
    6:45 pm - 9:15 pm
  • Week 5
    Wednesday24/05/2017
    6:45 pm - 9:15 pm
  • Week 6
    Wednesday31/05/2017
    6:45 pm - 9:15 pm

With course tutor Chris Head, you will explore how to write professionally structured sketches and how to write and perform for radio and podcasts. The course will end with a recording of sketches in a studio in Camden.


  • Day 1
    Monday22/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 2
    Tuesday23/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 3
    Wednesday24/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 4
    Thursday25/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 5
    Friday26/05/2017
    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
    Monday22/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 2
    Tuesday23/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 3
    Wednesday24/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 4
    Thursday25/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Day 5
    Friday26/05/2017
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Improv Level B is the second class in the beginner improv program at The Second City. These improv classes are for anyone who wants to learn how to improvise, including students who want to do improv for fun, to better their professional skills, or to eventually pursue it professionally. In Level B, students build upon the skills they learned in Level A and start learning how to improvise scenes. Strong, relationship-based scene work is the backbone of the work we do at The Second City. Students learn the skills crucial to scene work, including emotion, listening, and transformation, as well as continue to hone skills learned in Level A, like ensemble, object work, and “yes, and.”