Comedy Courses & Workshops

COVID-19 Update (26th August):

Dear Customer/Supporter of The Comedy School

The Comedy School is taking a range of measures to keep everyone safe and we have followed government guidance to make sure all of our classes are covid-secure, while also working hard to make sure socially-distanced comedy is still fun, friendly and playful! We also offer full flexibility on bookings to give you peace of mind when planning ahead. Please book early to avoid disappointment as class sizes have been reduced.

This is still a challenging time for all of us. We have to continue to keep positive and all pull together to get through this.

Thank you for considering booking with The Comedy School any profits go towards our charitable projects.

Wishing you all the best. Stay healthy and take care of each other.

Keith Palmer, Director of The Comedy School

Now Booking

Physical Comedy

Book Nowwith Tim Eagle. Introducing the basic devices at work in physical comedy by exploring some of the classic gags and routines through a variety of fun exercises and scratch performances. The course is designed for people with little or no experience of performing physical comedy - Saturday 31st October

Stand-Up Comedy Intensive 6 Week Course in LONDON

Book NowOver six weeks, the course will guide you through the process of becoming a stand-up comedian, from writing your first piece of material to your debut performance. Sessions are run by professionals from the comedy circuit. The course culminates with a Showcase, in which you perform a comedy routine to a warm and friendly audience. Starts Thursday 5th November 2020.

BRISTOL - Stand-Up Comedy Intensive 6 Week Course

Book Nowthe course will guide you through the process of becoming a stand-up comedian, from writing your first piece of material to your debut performance. Saturdays 13th February to 20th March, 2021.

Introduction to Improvisation

Book Nowwith Luke Sorba - The best one day introduction to comedy improvisation available - for beginners as well as old hands who wish to brush up on their existing skills. Saturday 27th February 2021

Communicate! ( A Learning Thru Laughter Course )

Booking Opens Soon with Keith Palmer MBE - Director of the Comedy School. A fun, one-day event aimed at corporate individuals, teams and orgnisations, exploring how to become a more powerful and authentic communicator using comedy techniques. Friday 5th March and Friday 2nd April, 2021..

Clown & Comedy

More Info with Mick Barnfather (Complicité & École Philippe Gaulier). This workshop will look at what it is that makes us laugh and how we can be funny - New date to be confirmed.

More Comedy Courses & Workshops

New Dates Coming Soon

Mime Workshop

More Info with Richard Knight (B.Ed.) This workshop sets out to teach the fundamental basics of illusionary mime principles.

Comedy Writing Masterclass 2-Day

More Infowith Rob Grant, co-creator of the smash hit science fiction comedy Red Dwarf. The densely-packed intense 2 day masterclass includes: How to develop your ideas • Plot and story structure • Creating and servicing characters • Selling your idea • And the keys to the mint: Comedy Techniques. There will be a practical session on Day 2, writing topical material for a sketch show which will be performed by professional comedians and recorded in front of a live audience.

Comedy Acting for Television

More Infowith Dr Paulette Randall MBE. We will talk about different styles of comedy performing, discuss auditioning for comedy shows and how best to develop confidence in your comedy style and maximise your chances in auditions. Course members will also have the opportunity to work on a variety of filmed comedy scenes in the group which we will put on tape and then watch back.

Stage Comedy Acting

More Infowith Sarah Hughes. This workshop is an entertaining exploration of comedy acting for theatre in its various forms by using lots of comedy scenes from modern plays. The workshop is open to all, and it will be a mixed group, but is best suited to those who already have some experience of performing on stage, whether professionally, as an amateur, or at school or college.

Stand-Up Comedy Half Day Taster Workshops in January

Book Now Makes a Great Christmas Gift! In this half-day workshop, learn the elementary skills required to start being witty and develop the beginnings of a Stand-Up routine... More Dates Coming Soon

Intro to Long Form Improvisation

More Infowith Luke Sorba. Luke will coach you in the skills and techniques required to sustain a story with sub-plots and integrate a set of leading and supporting characters in a single extended improvisation. Employing key games such as the Harold, Revolving Door, Move On and Fugue you will experience the transition from improvising a sketch to improvising a play with and without a narrator, in a single day. Please Note: Open to experienced improvisers only.

Puppetry for Performance

More Infowith Corina Bona. This taster course for total beginners will assist you in discovering the core skills needed to bring puppets and objects to life with movement and emotion. The session will include learning about puppet life, breath and focus.

Musical Improvisation

More Infowith Phil Lunn. Phil has worked on improvising musicals for several years. He will teach you how to make up songs on the spot and how to work as a team to create anything from a quick jingle to an entire musical off the top of your head!

Funny Theatre Acting/Performance

More InfoThis practical and innovative course is a great opportunity for those with a passion for comedy acting and performance to enhance their skills and put them into practice. Funny Theatre is designed to offer a challenge for both new and experienced performers and actors under the tutelage of experienced professionals. You can attend either term or both.

Shakepeare's Comedies

More Infowith John McDermott. The course is aimed at anyone over the age of 16, irrespective of academic background, with an interest in developing a knowledge of how Shakespeare's comedies might work in performance. Through a variety of practical activities particpants will: • Develop awareness of structures, energy, imagery and sound • Develop understanding of verse forms used in the play • Develop awareness of the importance of sub-text (meaning or meanings that lie behind a line of dialogue) • Apply skills in performance - small group performances of scenes from the play will be worked on.

Compère, Hosting & MC Workshop

More Infowith Rudi Lickwood, one of the first black comedians on BBC The Stand Up Show. He specialises in Corporate Hospitality and Events, Sporting Functions, Product Launches, Award Ceremonies, Charity Fundraisers ensuring that every event is both a memorable experience and a success. . The Course is about learning the skills of a Compère/MC/Host - and understanding the critical ROLE of a Compère/MC/Host. More Info

Summer Programme Ages 8-11

More InfoDiscover your potential and experiment with a variety of performing art and adventure skills - Presented by The Comedy School & The Pirate Castle.