Updated: May 30
I run stand-up comedy classes live in LONDON (info below!) and ONLINE.
Stand-up Comedy: Beginners & Intermediate
6.45pm - 8.45pm, Classes in SOHO, LONDON:
Mondays 12th September to 31st October 2022*
And THE SHOW is at 3pm on Sunday 6th November
@ Museum of Comedy, Bloomsbury, LONDON
* no class on half-term Monday, 24th October
(Please note, if you are in financial need I can offer a reduced fee of £250 and I can also offer instalment payments. Please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the experienced hands of Chris Head (comedy director, teacher and author of "A Director's Guide to the Art of Stand-up") across eight 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.
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.
New stand-up Carwyn Blayney had this to say about the course: "Such an excellent stand up course! It's obvious that Chris has been fine tuning this course, 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 is pictured below performing in the end-of-course showcase at the Museum of Comedy!)
Marco Bellini, a gigging act, said "Hadn't been on stage for a while. Chris's course was a great way to get my creative wheels turning again. Covered a load of ways to create and present your material. Sign up for a Chris Head course NOW. You know you want to."
PRESS 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 about the course and climactic showcase gig from 2019 in the London Evening Standard. And the Evening Standard recommended it again in February 2022 alongside a charisma class and a course on saying 'no'! (The stand-up course will also supercharge your charisma, but is more likely to help with saying 'yes').
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.
Weekly sessions are:
Mondays 6.45pm to 8.45pm
And take place at (NEW VENUE):
56 Greek St, London W1D 3DU Next dates: Mondays 12th September to
31st October 2022
And THE SHOW is at 3pm on Sunday 6th November
THE END-OF-COURSE SHOWCASE GIG!
The show at the end takes place at the brilliant Museum of Comedy. A buzzing comedy club and a real destination venue in the west end of London.
Below is a video of snippets from a show from 2019 that was the culmination of a special course run for advertising agency McCann. It gives a great flavour of what these shows are like. (This show is at a previous venue, the Wenlock & Essex in Islington.) All of these participants were very nervous at the start of the course by the way! But, as you will do, they grew in confidence over the weeks, writing material and developing performance skills, until by the time the show came they were raring to go.
"From my very first lesson with Chris I knew that I’d made one of the best decisions of my life, to have a go at stand-up. As a fairly shy person with an acute inability to stand and speak in front of other people, the course provided an enjoyable environment allowing me to immediately get behind the mic and have a go, without feeling uncomfortable. Each week we would try different exercises, building our understanding of the mechanics of telling a joke and performing a comedy set.
As the course progressed I developed my material, discovering what did or didn’t work. The thrill of finding that you had something that made people laugh was exhilarating and addictive. Gradually you learnt how to write better jokes and improve your material, so that you reached the end of course gig with enough confidence in your work to overcome the obvious fear of performing live!
The adrenaline rush when I came off stage was like nothing I have ever experienced before. I’m now having the ride of my life, with more gigs under my belt and the confidence to write and perform more material.
As a new starter on the circuit the course provides you with a thought process and knowledge that gives you a head start over others trying stand-up for the first time.
Chris is an inspiration and a joy to work with. A “master craftsman” at what he does. I’ve booked on other courses that Chris runs; I can’t get enough of this drug!
If you are in two minds about whether to book on one of Chris’s courses, listen to the voice in your head that is saying, “Go on, do it, you only live once”.
I promise you won’t regret it. It will change your life."
Here's a video introduction to my approach (the class photos in the two videos are from the OLD PUB ROOM in Soho. Classes are now in a much nicer room but still in Soho!):
And here is an actual lecture from class 1 of my beginners course, also with a slide show of pictures of me and a group (again in the old room):
I also offer online writing stand-up comedy sessions.
Any queries, please contact me.