Tue 21st Apr 2020 at 7:00pm ends 9:30pm on 23rd Jun 2020
Old Coffee House, Beak Street, London, UK - Map
Chris Head Comedy presents:
10 x Tuesday nights 21st April - 23rd June 2020
Upstairs at Old Coffee House pub, Beak Street, Soho, London W1F 9SF
End-of-course show on 23rd June at Angel Comedy's Bill Murray comedy club in Islington.
Due to the coronavirus situation the start date may be delayed. At present I'm thinking of a 2 week delay - but will announce any delay when confirmed.If you book a place and any date change doesn't work for you, I will refund the fee.
Contact Chris for date updates
Over ten weeks, 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 in the showcase gig at the end of the course in Soho. 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. We will look at:
* writing and constructing longer sets
* developing your look, style and identity as an act
* writing topical material
* telling stories
* becoming more skilled with act-outs and physicality
* corporate gigs and gigging in Europe & the US (plus other industry issues) with special guest Geoff Whiting of Mirth Control.
Firstly you will have a weekly forum to try out stuff in front of a friendly and supportive audience of fellow comics who will give you constructive feedback and you will receive notes and direction from leading comedy director and teacher Chris Head. You will explore your comedy persona and develop your voice, in order to inspire material that works for YOU. You'll learn explore fresh angles for coming at material, you'll work with a range of proven techniques for generating ideas and you'll get clear and practical feedback for how to improve your work. There'll be the opportunity to explore putting together longer club sets of 10 mins or 20 mins sets. And we can discuss festival shows from the huge number of smaller festivals to the Edinburgh Fringe, looking at group shows, package shows and solo shows. We can explore developing themes, premises and concepts for festival shows alongside marketing and producing shows.
Chris says, "I have a long track record of working on festival and touring shows, including shows at Assembly/ Pleasance/ Gilded Balloon/ Underbelly at Edinburgh, Soho Theatre in London and international festivals including Melbourne Comedy Festival, and I work with all kinds of comics from straight stand-ups to musical acts to impressionists to character comedy, and I bring all this experience to bear on the course to develop your own work whether for festivals or club sets."
The course will culminate with you performing brand new material in a lively showcase gig on the 10th night, also in Soho, at the Karma Sanctum Hotel on Warwick Street, around the corner from the weekly sessions.
“Head’s style is refreshingly breezy and simultaneously substantial. He offers practical insights: for example, audiences do not laugh at material, they laugh with or at the performer who discovers a compelling comedic self. In this remarkable manual, Head demonstrates what Horace Walpole once observed, namely that life is a comedy to those who think. And Head helps each comedic persona think.”
CHOICE (USA) on "A Director's Guide to the Art of Stand-up"
"His knowledge of comedy was captivating, encyclopedic."
BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz
"The idea person to nurture new talent."
All ages welcome.
To do this course you need to have completed a stand-up course and/or been gigging independently.
More info on Chris
Chris' book "A Director's Guide to the Art of Stand-up"