Comedy: creating and performing narrative comedy

Course Dates: 23/06/21 - 28/07/21
Time: 19:00 - 21:30
Location: Online
Tutors: 
Learn how to write comedy scripts and uncover the craft behind narrative comedy such as Frasier, Fleabag, and This Country and the classic sitcom. Under the guidance of a multi-award winning comedy Director and Producer, you will create new ideas, and formats for your projects. Explore classics and new forms of narrative comedy - by identifying key techniques behind their success – on television and online.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Download
Book your place
In stock
SKU
167123
Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00

Course Code: DMP052

Please choose a course date 

Wed, eve, 23 Jun - 28 Jul '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? drama@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2542

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

Students create their own narrative comedy scripts and have the option to perform scenes from their work. You will learn how to identify good structure and develop scripts and formats to a professional level.

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as anyone with experience of writing or performing comedy
who wants to enhance their writing skills to produce new and compelling material. We will select
and analyse classic and modern material and develop scripts, characters, and narrative comedy ideas. We demonstrate how small online ideas can became hit comedies for television.

Students also explore the heritage of classic sit-com models such as Mary Tyler Moore and Fawlty Towers and how they impact on more recent successes like Friday Night Dinner & Catastrophe.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Identifying good Narrative Structure.
- The Classic Sit-Com.
- Deconstruct Single Scenes
- The Most Successful Comedies
- The Narrative Comedy today.
- What’s Going on Online?

Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify and demonstrate strong narrative structure.
- Explain how to construct narrative scenes.
- Describe a knowledge of comedy styles.
- Write and perform your narrative comedy.
- Know how to present your ideas.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Some experience of writing and/or performing comedy is useful but complete novice writer/performers are welcome. This course will help you develop your work and enhance your technical skills.

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.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Working in a safe and supportive environment, we will study and discuss comedy. In the session there will be a mix of writing exercises, games and improvisation work. You will have the opportunity for reflection to write and do some research outside the sessions. There will be some whole group, pair and individual exercises and the opportunity to perform or have your work performed by a peer.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes.
You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

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 YouTube clips.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Enrol onto further writing comedy courses to continue developing your ideas. Consider a course in stand-up comedy or Comedy improvisation.
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.
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.

Alan Nixon

Alan Nixon is one of Britain’s top independent media professionals. His recent productions include directing the award-winning R4 sitcom Reluctant Persuaders. He has been Creative Consultant to broadcasters and renowned independents, including Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit), Grant Naylor (Red Dwarf), and Absolutely Productions (Armstrong & Miller / Trigger Happy TV). He was one of the founding controllers of Channel Five, has worked with Alexei Sayle, Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne and Simon Day, and teaches courses at the BFI, the National Television and Film School, and the London School of Film, Media and Performance.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.