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Tue 14th Jan 2020 at 7:00pm ends 9:30pm

Old Coffee House, Beak Street, London, UK - Map

Chris Head Comedy presents:

Stand-up Course London (LEVEL 2) with Chris Head - 10 weekly sessions

10 x Tuesdays. 14th Jan-17th March. 7pm-9.30pm.
Showcase gig on 17th March in Soho.
For stand-up course graduates and gigging acts

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 on 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

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. Features a Q&A on corporate gigs and gigging in Europe & the US (plus other industry issues) with Geoff Whiting of Mirth Control.

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. 

"Everyone managed to craft five minutes of comedy delivered with surprising confidence and pizazz on the night [of the end-of-course show]. The performances I saw were incredibly polished and (thankfully) very funny. While naturally some were funnier than others, I would never have guessed they were a bunch of first timers." London Evening Standard

"His knowledge of comedy was captivating, encyclopedic."
BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz

"The idea person to nurture new talent."
The Guardian

Age Restrictions:
All ages welcome.

Other Information:

To do this course you need to have completed a stand-up course and/or been gigging independently.



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