What is the course about?
The course provides an opportunity to continue the writing and performing of stand up comedy and the development of existing material.
What will we cover?
Writing and developing material
Writing topical material
Dealing with hecklers
Making the leap to longer sets and paid work
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Be able to spot the comedy potential in any story
Write material that is of a reasonable standard on any given subject
Find your comedy voice and persona
be comfortable improvising around your material.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is those with existing experience. You will have to have completed Stand-up comedy: beginners or have undertaken at least 10 try out spots on the comedy circuit.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen and respond to instructions and feedback.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Take notes.
• Contribute constructively when working in small groups.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• Student will undertake specific story orientated exercises, they will also have the opportunity to try out ideas in front of the class, this will be followed by group brainstorming.
• The group are also encouraged to attend comedy clubs and there will also be the opportunity to perform in an end of term showcase.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in one of the Build’s improvisation courses, as improvisation is a great aid to developing as a stand up comedian from both a writing and performance perspective.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details