I’m delighted to have launched an online comedy training programme in conjunction with British Comedy Guide. My Writing Stand-up Comedy course and Narrative Comedy Writing course (for sitcom and comedy drama) are selling out! New dates online now. I have also launched a unique Radio Comedy Writing course and this will be followed soon by Sketch Comedy Writing for TV/online. Each online course is made up of weekly 2 hour Zoom sessions. These are fully interactive, stimulating classes in which you’ll undertake creative exercises tailored for the online environment. Chris can also offer bespoke courses for small groups. Please enquire.
In person courses
Returning in the autumn with possible summer sessions if the situation allows, in person classes take place on Saturdays in central London with occasional additional weekend classes in Bristol and Stroud. Chris can also be booked to come to you and deliver workshops! Please enquire.
Working on sitcom and 30 minute comedy drama, this online course gives you comprehensive and personalised training and guidance on creating characters, developing relationships, building your situation, structuring scenes, writing dialogue and constructing plots.
You might be working with a multi-camera studio audience sitcom or a naturalistic comedy drama. Either way, go deep with your characters, find the truth in them and their relationships, taking your time to find the deeper, realer funny in scenes. Make discoveries of scenes and situation that will be the basis of stories and will take your characters places you’d never considered. Learn about story structure and working with multiple plot-lines.
Plus you will receive feedback on your writing from former BBC Comedy Commissioner and TV producer Lucy Lumsden. Full info
With a show on the afternoon of the last Saturday Oct 10th - Nov 14th 2020 Bookings will open if it's clear it can run!
(6 x Saturdays)
Over five Saturdays, create and perform a brand new five-minute stand up comedy act. In the experienced hands of Chris Head (comedy director, teacher and author of "A Director's Guide to the Art of Stand-up") you will be guided through developing your persona, creating material and delivering it so it works. This highly acclaimed stand-up course has been running for over twelve years and hundreds have done it. Why do it? Some do it for the killer public speaking skills (no work presentations or wedding speeches are a problem after this). Some to tick stand-up off their bucket list. Some want to get out onto the stand-up circuit - and they do. Put it all into practice in a show on the last Saturday.
7pm - 9pm BST
June 16 - July 14 2020
(5 x Tuesdays)
Radio is a great medium for comedy and is one of the main ways into broadcast comedy generally. Explore a range of inspiring starting points for sketches including making use of radio’s ability to easily conjure up far flung and extreme locations, personification (or anthropomorphic) sketches where animals and things come to life and parody sketches where sound effects and music can conjure up things like the news or a big budget drama to be lampooned.
By the end of the course, you’ll be set up to write and record your own sketches and also you’ll be in a stronger position to submit sketches to radio shows that invite submissions. There is also the opportunity to learn about recording and editing your own sketches for online release.
With a show on the afternoon of the last Saturday Jan 16th - Feb 20th 2021 Bookings will open if it's clear it can run!
(6 x Saturdays)
Over five Saturdays, work on your stand-up and develop your own particular interests whether that's longer club sets, festival shows or a specialism like musical comedy, impressions or one-liners - and perform some brand new material in a 7 minute set on the showcase gig at the end of the course. In the experienced hands of Chris Head (comedy director, teacher and author of "A Director's Guide to the Art of Stand-up") this inspiring course will stretch your writing and performance, equipping you with new tools, new material and enhanced performance with a stronger sense of your persona. Features a Q&A on corporate gigs and gigging in Europe & the US (plus other industry issues) with Geoff Whiting of Mirth Control.
7pm - 9pm BST
July 21 - Aug 18 2020
(5 x Tuesdays)
Writing stand-up can be very different from regular writing. There are many ways of ‘writing’ stand-up from typing up a script, to bullet-point summaries, to recording voice-notes, to writing on stage. And all of these approaches will be taught and embraced.
When you write stand-up, you are also writing for your own voice and persona, so we’ll explore and develop this on-stage version of you. We’ll explore too how the writing of stand-up comedy is inseparable from the performance of it and how to write for live performance.
Watching and analysing stand-up comedy clips selected by Chris and also nominated by you, will give examples of comedy techniques in action that you will then try for yourself.
Topics covered include topical and satirical material, routines, rants, one-liners, personification and story-telling. You’ll complete the course with new material and many new tools, technique and perspectives on writing stand-up.
Over five Saturdays create and perform a brand new five-minute stand up comedy act and perform in a special showcase gig, all at Stroud Brewery. In the experienced hands of Chris Head (comedy director, teacher and author of "A Director's Guide to the Art of Stand-up") you will be guided through developing your persona, creating material and delivering it so it works. All experience levels welcome. The course will meet you where you're at. Newer acts or beginners will grow in confidence and develop their first material. Acts with some experience will find out more about their persona and comic style, will add some tools to their toolkit and will develop new material.