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Stand-up Comedy Writing Sessions: Tools & Inspiration (Live Zoom course)

Updated: May 9


5 x 2 hour sessions on Zoom

Monday 11th November - 9th December 2024 7pm-9pm UK time 8pm-10pm European time

11am-1pm Pacific time (PDT)

2pm-4pm Eastern time (EDT) £135 (repeat fee £125)

(see below for full info)


"Amazing. Just gotta say again. The class is fricken excellent. Definitely the best stand-up class I have been to." MS*

* an act who has been going for 10 years


"The highlight of my week! Trying out a different technique each week is really helpful and Chris’ feedback is very constructive." CR*

* a new act

DEVELOP NEW STAND-UP MATERIAL AND PUNCH UP YOUR EXISTING STUFF! Learn more about your persona, develop your performance and get loads of new comedy tools and perspectives on my online stand-up course for gigging acts.


You'll be part of a group with a great bunch of stand-ups working with me, UK comedy director and author of "A Director's Guide to the Art of Stand-up", talking comedy and getting inspiration. I've run it with comics from all over the world and IT WORKS. Everyone ends up with new stuff and loads of ideas.


For stand-ups who are already gigging (or are returning to gigging after a break), this course will inspire you to write new material, give you comedy tools you will use again and again, as well as punch up your existing material.


I’ve these run stand-up writing sessions with all sort of comics, including several who have many years of gigging under their belt, and of course the beauty is we don’t all have to be in the same room in the same town so I’ve had some truly international groups where UK comics are mixed with acts from Ireland, Germany, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New Jersey and more.


We analyse and discuss stand-up clips nominated by you - including clips of your own gigs. I give you writing techniques and inspiration and every week we take a close look at some new material that group members have written, discussing how to get more out of it.



What you'll get out of doing the course:

- Find out all the techniques that stand-ups use in their writing that you’re not currently using! We do this by analysing stand-up clips of your choosing to uncover techniques you can use (and you’ll be surprised how looking at these clips with fresh eyes and an analytical lens will uncover techniques you haven’t consciously put a name to).

- Discover how to get more out of your existing material. There are always places you can take material that you haven’t thought of – and often this is going into the playful hypothetical space that all top stand-ups explore - and also ways to punch up what you have to make it land more strongly.

- Breathe new life into material that has stagnated. Many times comedians have material that worked when they first did it and now doesn’t work so well. Find out why this is and how to fix it.

- Gain inspiration for thinking about new topics for your stand-up and familiar topics in new ways. There will be inspiring online brainstorming in the session and creative exercises to play with that will open up ideas.

- Work with stand-up writing ‘homeworks’ that will get you creating new material. Each session I give a writing homework that will get the creative juices flowing. Then you can share that work-in-progress in the group for practical feedback on making it better and making it work.


You'll leave this course inspired, with new material and old material - and ideas and techniques to create more. (This course runs a number of times a year and you can return and do the course again and it'll be different and will inspire fresh material.)

In summary, these incredibly effective online stand-up comedy writing sessions are for you if:


- you are a gigging comedian

- or are a comic who has had a break from stand-up and is wanting to get back into it.


AND:

- You want new material!

- You want stand-up writing techniques and inspiration.

- You want to have a more focused and effective writing routine.

- You have got out of the habit of writing.

- You want to get more out of your existing material or refresh material that isn’t working as well as it once did.

- You want a structured format that will provide tools, inspiration and accountability.

- You want to hang out online with other comics with an experienced director and coach who structures the sessions and holds the space.


"Chris has an encyclopaedic knowledge of stand-up and is really passionate about sharing it. The sessions are well thought through and well structured and the online format works extremely well. Overall a very enjoyable experience." UB


"I just wanted to say how useful I have found the online course. Very good for making you write about things you wouldn’t normally consider! And looking at old topics with new eyes. I really enjoyed it. So much so I have booked onto the next one." VK


5 x 2 hour sessions on Zoom

Monday 15th April - 20th May 2024 (No session 6th May UK bank holiday) 7pm-9pm UK time 8pm-10pm European time

11am-1pm Pacific time (PDT)

2pm-4pm Eastern time (EDT) £135 (repeat fee £125) BOOK A PLACE



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