Stand-up comedy: develop your material
Time: 17:30 - 19:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DRM101
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Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
The practical course provides an opportunity to continue to explore techniques for writing and performing stand up comedy and to create or develop material. Working in a group setting you will be given exercises to enhance your skills and the opportunity to try out your work in a supportive atmosphere. Emphasis is on identifying and developing your own comedy voice and of giving you the technical skills and knowledge that you will need to succeed on the comedy circuit.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Writing and developing material
Writing topical material
Dealing with hecklers
Making the leap to longer sets and paid work
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...
spot the comedy potential in any story
write material that is of a reasonable standard on any given subject
demonstrate your own comedy voice and persona
confidently improvise around your material.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is for students who have completed a beginners course or gained some experience elsewhere. It is helpful for those who have undertaken several try out spots on the comedy circuit.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen and respond to instructions and feedback.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Take notes.
• Contribute constructively when working in small groups.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• Student will undertake specific story orientated exercises, they will also have the opportunity to try out ideas in front of the class and engage in group brainstorming exercises.
• The group are also encouraged to see as much comedy as possible.
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?
Please bring a notebook and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in one of the City Lit’s improvisation courses as an aid to developing as a stand up comedian from both a writing and performance perspective.
Rob Hitchmough is an award-winning playwright, classically trained actor and drama teacher. In his capacity as a comedian and improviser Rob has performed over 5,000 professional stand-up gigs at just about every major venue in the UK and Ireland. He has also appeared in over 30 films and television shows and countless stage productions. Rob has been teaching stand up, improvisation and sketch writing at The City Lit since 2002 also teaching at The Sylvia Young Theatre School and The Actors Centre. Besides performing Rob also has a bit of a writing pedigree having penned several television scripts and two stage plays, the second of which was shortlisted for the Liverpool Royal Court, Hope Playwriting Prize.
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.