What is the course about?
In two busy, interactive days, you are encouraged to appreciate comedy words and constructs and enhance your comedy writing. You will watch classic comedy and discover how it works. You write and act together in group exercises and build towards a performance of your own pieces.
What will we cover?
• how to identify comedy words.
• recognise joke & sketch structure.
• analysis of classic sketches & monologues
• generate ideas for comedy
• dealing with an audience in performance
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...
• Describe what makes a word comic
• Identify the comic structures
• Perform your comedy ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some experience of writing and/or performing comedy is expected. This course will help you develop your work and enhance your comedy skills, and you will meet fellow comedy enthusiasts to collaborate with and gain feedback and inspiration.
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?
We will study and discuss comedy clips. In the session there will be a mix of writing, exercises, games and improvisation work.
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?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in our longer courses in Comedy: sketch writing and Comedy: sitcom writing, Comedy:
writing and performing for TV, Acting for Radion, Stand-up comedy, Improvisation. There is also a wide range of
courses in Acting and Theatre, Performance skills for actors, Physical skills for actors, Radio presenting, TV
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.