Stand-Up Comedy Course, September 2023

In September I'm teaching the Comedysportz Stand-up comedy course in Thoughtworks, Manchester.

Book at this link

Have you ever thought of getting up on stage to make people laugh? It can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn't have to be. In this 8-week comedy course, we'll teach you all the skills you need to get up and be funny, share your thoughts and tell better stories. It's also a great way to meet new friends also taking a step into the world of stand-up comedy.

Over the course, we'll be looking at

  • Performance skills on stage.
  • Microphone technique.
  • Collecting ideas and writing material.
  • How to use comedy to advance your work career
  • Getting gigs.

Stand-up is a powerful tool for building confidence not just on stage but in everyday life. Here's why

  • Public Speaking Skills: Stand-up comedy is performing in front of an audience. Developing your public speaking abilities. As you gain experience you become more comfortable speaking in front of others.
  • Overcoming Fear: It can be intimidating standing alone on stage trying to make people laugh. By pushing through the discomfort - with loads of support - , you build resilience and develop a sense of accomplishment. This helps reduce anxiety in other areas of your life as well.
  • Creative Expression: Crafting jokes and comedy helps you express your unique perspective and creativity. Sharing your thoughts and ideas with an audience can help you validate your own voice and develop a sense of authenticity.
  • Positive Feedback. When you perform stand-up comedy you receive immediate positive feedback and validation. Laughter and applause are incredibly uplifting, boosting your self-esteem. Knowing that you can entertain and connect with others through humour helps build confidence in your abilities.
  • Learning from Failure: In stand-up comedy, not every joke will land, and you may face moments of silence. This course provides you with loads of support. We look at tiny failures as opportunities for growth and learning. By getting feedback on what worked and what didn't, you develop resilience, adaptability, and a willingness to take risks.

Overall, stand-up comedy is a great way to build growth and self-discovery. Over the 8 weeks we'll be refining your material, so you can develop confidence, resilience, and the ability to effectively communicate and engage with others.

Got any questions? Contact me here

I was recently interviewed by Darren Jamieson on his Engaging Marketeer podcast about how I work - and play.

I really enjoyed chatting with Darren, and think it's probably the clearest I've been in an interview. Explaining just how useful improv skills can be to build relationships and help our clients get the best out of us if we spend more time listening than thinking about sales opportunities.

In this chat we talk about WordPress, Comedy, Presentation skills, TEDx talks,improv and many other things in between.

Booking a talk to find out how improv skills
can increase your team's performance.

The engaging marketeer podcast

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John Cooper
Comedian & artist.
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