What is the course about?
In this fun, interactive day, you are encouraged to appreciate comedy words and constructs to enhance your comedy writing. You will be introduced to classic comedy sketches and how they work. You will work together in group exercises and learn about giving positive feedback.
What will we cover?
• how to identify comedy words.
• recognise joke & sketch structure.
• analysis of classic sketches & monologues
• generate ideas for comedy
• writing and pitching new comedy ideas.
Please note that comedy, by its very nature, can involve material that some students may find challenging. Please inform the tutor if you have any concerns.
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
Pitch 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 presenting etc.