Stand-up: Improvers Course & Showcase (With Chris Head)

  • Week 1
    7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
  • Week 2
    7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
  • Week 3
    7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
  • Week 4
    7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
  • Week 5
    7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
  • Week 6
    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.

The sessions begin with a creative exercise to get ideas developing. Each exercise will explore a specific technique or approach to creating material. The exercises are inspiring and each individual can approach them in their own way. Having been given a specific brief, you’ll then have time to brainstorm ideas and jot down notes. You then get on the mic with something new and fresh. Promising lines and ideas are identified and as part of the homework you can develop them. Every week there are homework writing tasks too.

The second part of each session sees everyone getting on the mic and performing work-in-progress. Feedback is given to develop the material; with guidance on editing (or expanding), punching up. restructuring, building surprises and more. And we look at how to perform the material to maximum effect.

In the final session we work through all the material  you have produced then select and structure the set for the gig. You will be given guidance on editing, structuring and getting additional laughs. In the final week you will perform the material in a showcase gig.

By the end of this process you will have brand new material that you will have tried in front of an audience. You will also have several other ideas and fragments that you can subsequently work up. And the insights and techniques gained during the process will help you produce new material beyond the course.

About the tutor:
Chris Head is a comedy director and coach. He has run highly regarded stand-up comedy courses in London for ten years, delivers sitcom and sketch comedy courses, has run comedy writing classes for the BBC and Channel 4 and teaches sitcom at Bath Spa University. For Edinburgh Fringe 2016 he directed and script-edited Katia Kvinge’s “Squirrel” at Gilded Balloon, Alys Metcalf and Roxy Dunn in the comic two-hander play “In Tents and Purposes” at Assembly (an official sell-out since seen at Soho Theatre and now touring the UK) and consulted on Eleanor Conway’s confessional stand-up show “Walk of Shame” on the Free Fringe. Notable previous shows include directing Cariad Lloyd, Phil Whelans and Kym Noble in “Last of the Red Wine” (ICA London), BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz in “Double Art History” (Edinburgh Underbelly), science comedy phenomenon “Festival of the Spoken Nerd” (Edinburgh and touring) and Dutch comedy duo and YouTube phenomenon The Groen Brothers (Leicester Square Theatre). With Barry Ferns he wrote and directed the short comic film Testing Mrs Patterson (LA Comedy Shorts). He is the author of A Director’s Guide to the Art of Stand-up, to be published by Bloomsbury Methuen in 2018.



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