Stand-Up Comedy Course

Weekly sessions are: 
17th September - 5th November (8 x weekly sessions 7pm-9pm, George Room or upstairs bar). 

Show on 12th November, 7.30pm-9pm (George Room) 

Ever wanted to try stand-up? Maybe to tick it off the bucket list, to gain killer public speaking skills or even to give it a serious go? In the experienced hands of Chris Head (comedy director, teacher and author of "A Director's Guide to the Art of Stand-up") across seven weeks you will be guided through developing your persona, creating material and delivering it so it works and you'll put it all into practice in a special stand-up show on the last night of the course. 

Chris says: "My stand-up classes are friendly, supportive and inspiring. Nervous newbies (and more confident ones too) are welcome, as are gigging acts who'd like to create new material and develop their skills. I am a director of stand-up and so from me you will receive a director's perspective on your developing act. My style of teaching is particularly suited to enhancing your confidence, inspiring ideas and material, and developing your writing and performance skill set.” 

And a former student (who is doing well with his comedy) says: "Such an excellent stand up course! It's obvious that Chris has been fine tuning this course for a while, because the whole thing just works so well. It is very practical, Chris has you standing up holding a mic in the very first session, so it's much, much more than just a weekly chat about jokes. A different aspect or style of stand up is covered every week, so you're guaranteed to find your own thing at some point. The weekly homework builds up nicely for the final showcase and the improv games make so much sense! Whether you're starting out, or if you're after new material, this course is a brilliant place to turn." Carwyn Blayney 

The former BBC Arts editor Will Gompertz (then Tate Media director) did the stand-up class over 10 years ago and wrote about it in the Guardian and here is an article from 2019 in the London Evening Standard. 

On the last night of the course there will be a special stand-up showcase at the Sub Rooms for friends, family and colleagues. It’s an uplifting, supportive and exciting night.