Stand Up Comedy Workshop

Saturday 29th April 2017, 11-1 in Jarman Studio 1 (Buy Tickets)

£7.50, £5 Conc.  20% off when you buy tickets to three or more events.

A workshop on stand-up comedy for ages 16+ led by Dr. Oliver Double. Oliver Double is Reader in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent and he was previously a professional comedian on the UK comedy circuit. He teaches stand-up to students at the University, including on an MA in Stand Up Comedy, and he is the author of Stand Up: On Being a Comedian and Getting the Joke: the Inner Workings of Stand Up Comedy.

Positive Triggers

The key themes of the workshop are basic stand-up comedy techniques. Specific subjects are hard to predict in advance, as many of these will be brought in by the participants, given that they will be choosing many of the themes and topics they want to talk about.

Negative Triggers

Total Black out: No

What is the  lighting level?: Ordinary (non-theatrical) lighting set to an ordinary level, so that participants can see each other while they work.

Flashing Lights or strobe: No

Loud sounds/noises (inc. music): No

Repetitive noises: No

Drums: No

High-pitched tones: No

Unexpected sounds (eg. Crash): No

Is there background sound/music: No

Interactivity and Participation

Are participants required to…

Walk around: Possibly.

Undertake directed movement: Possibly.

Read: Yes.

Draw: No.

Construct things: No.

Paint: No.

Sing: Possibly.

Participate in pairs or groups with others: Yes.

Other Details:

If participants are expected to use materials (eg: markers, pencils, scissors) what are these materials: N/A.

If the activity is targeted towards this demographic, is it okay for a parent or carer to support children in participation: Yes, although the demographic is 16+.

If a child is slower in their movements than other children, is there a capacity for that child to have a turn to participate: Yes. The activities will be primarily verbal.

Please include any other notes you feel will be helpful: Participants will be expected to perform things in front of the rest of the group.

Attention Span Information

Workshop duration: Two hours

Is there an intermission: Yes

Do participants need to sit in one place during the show: Yes, when participants are sharing their work with the group (but not through the whole workshop).

Is it okay for participants to make a noise/move around during the show (ie: a relaxed performance): Yes.

Is there an introduction and if so how long is it: No.

Senses, Emotions and Effects

Does your show have any distinctive smells: No.

Does your workshop have any other special effects (eg: smoke machine, bubbles etc): No, but we would use a microphone and amplification (set to a low volume).

Does your workshop involve exploring any textures, and if so please specify: No.

Are balloons used in your workshop: No.

Does anyone in your workshop express anger?: No.

To what extent is your show dialogue driven?: The workshop will be heavily verbal.

Are there any props in the performance that you think potential audience members should know about that have not already been mentioned: No.