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How I Can Help with your Stand-up Comedy Writing

Updated: Jan 26, 2023


I can help you in a lot of different ways with your stand-up comedy writing - so many different ways in fact that I thought I'd write a blog on it so you can see in one place what I do.


MY BOOKS, PODCAST & VIDEOS

I offer stand-up (and other kinds of comedy writing) inspiration on my podcast Q&HA! The Question Tools of Comedy and I occasional make inspiring videos like this one. You can also get my help and input via the medium of the printed (or digital) word! My first book "A Director's Guide to the Art of stand-up" has a lot of material and perspectives you won't find elsewhere and it's good for club comics and also for when you're working on that Edinburgh, other festival, or touring show. My second book "Creating Comedy Narratives for Stage & Screen" also gives you lots of stand-up tips and insights within a broader context covering sitcom/comedy drama, sketch and improv too.


ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS

I work one-to-one with stand-ups on Zoom, in person in London and also where I live in Stroud in Gloucestershire. Whether it's for an open-spot, a club set or a festival show I can help you make material tighter and funnier, make it optimally structured and help you develop your performance and persona. Contact me to discuss what help you need and how best we can work together. chris@chrishead.com


ONLINE STAND-UP COMEDY WRITING WORKSHOPS VIA ZOOM

I run courses online for comedians who are already gigging. On these courses we work on developing new material and I also give everyone feedback on their act as we watch and discuss clips of your performance in class.


IN PERSON LONDON STAND-UP COMEDY WRITING SESSIONS

My London Stand-up Comedy Writing Workshops are friendly, supportive and inspiring. The sessions are for:

* Gigging acts,

* stand-up course graduates

* and anyone with comedy experience...

...who'd like to create new material and develop their stand-up writing skills.


DEVELOPING AND DIRECTING FESTIVAL AND TOURING SHOWS

I also work as director on a number of live comedy shows each year. Stand-up directing is focused on the material, themes and structure of the show, while also looking to optimise the performance. (See chapter 3 of my Director's Guide to the Art of Stand-up book). Most commonly I work on shows that are heading to Edinburgh Fringe but I also work on shows for other festivals and tours, and I can also work remotely with acts who are abroad - for example I am currently working with an Australia based act on a show for Sydney Comedy Festival. Contact me to discuss. chris@chrishead.com

And here are examples of my directing work







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