What is the course about?
You will gain ideas and inspiration into how to move your act forward. Enhance your existing act and performance and work intensively on new material. Bring along work-in-progress or fragments of ideas and together we'll develop it. Analyse a whole range of stand-up comedians to uncover writing tools, techniques and approaches to being funny. Gain a host of insights and go away with fresh ideas and many starting points for new material that will inspire creativity. Get advice on working the circuit and doing festivals.
What will we cover?
We will identify your material that works – and examine why so you can do more of it.
And we will identify what needs work in your act and what you can do about it.
We will look at enhancing individual lines and the overall act.
We will examine your persona and what works for you on stage.
We will identify a whole range of stand-up techniques to increase your tool-kit of writing and performing skills.
We will examine how the comedy circuit works, the gigs and opportunities that exist in London and nationally. We Will also explore competitions and festivals.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Deliver an enhanced act and performance.
Identify lots of possible angles and directions for new material.
Describe your persona and what works for you on stage.
Identify how to get gigs nationally and explain how the festival circuit works.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to have completed a stand-up comedy improvers course or be a gigging comic on the circuit – at open-spot level or beyond. In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently and clearly.
• To read a script accurately.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Take notes.
Please Note: We do not usually accept under 19 year olds except in special circumstances - please see Students under 19 for more information.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We will study and discuss your act alongside clips of professional comics. Participants will write, devise and improvise during the sessions, in a safe environment with encouragement and support for newcomers. You will be script-edited and directed in writing and performance by the tutor and your peers. Each week there will be exercises set to respond to in your own comedy writing between sessions. In the class you present the material, either solo or with other performers from the group.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No compulsory purchases. You may like to buy books, scripts, DVDs or CDs to further explore in your own time. Guidance will be given on worthwhile purchases for those interested. You will also be guided to relevant online clips.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
TV and Radio Comedy, Improvisation course.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details