• 6 week comedy writing course

    “I attended your writing workshop and recently co-wrote BBC1 sitcom Peter Kay’s Car Share. I got loads of useful tips, tools and motivation from your workshop.” Tim Reid.

    Brian Luff’s acclaimed comedy courses and workshops set out a number of successful formulae and powerful tools for writing comedy, passing on numerous techniques that Brian has developed writing for fringe, television, radio and digital. Learn how the pros use repetition, callback, reversal and other tricks of the trade to make the audience laugh. No previous experience necessary.

    • You’ll get a thorough understanding of the techniques used by comedy writers.
    • It’ll be an opportunity to have your scripts workshopped, discussed and critiqued.
    • You’ll receive invaluable tips on how to pitch your scripts and ideas to producers and editors.
    • You’ll have a chance to network and collaborate with other budding writers.

    Attendees work together to brainstorm and script comedy routines and sketches. There will also be some time spent looking at scriptwriting for stand-up and the structure of sitcom. You’ll learn about agents, commissioning editors and development producers and get some invaluable tips on how to get your scripts onto their desks. After the course, you also have the option to take part in a Think Funny showcase event

    These courses are great fun. Brian doesn’t just teach theory – he passes on tried and tested skills and offers sound, hands-on advice based on many years working in the industry. Think Funny workshops are recommended by the British Society of Comedy Writers and have featured in documentaries on BBC3 and ITV1. If you’re serious about writing comedy this is one of the best workshops in the business.

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  • Forthcoming courses

    The next Think Funny comedy writing course with Brian Luff will run on six consecutive Saturday afternoons, in Autumn 2017, at the magnificent Grade II listed Hornsey Town Hall (pictured) in Crouch End. 10 places maximum. Inclusive fee will be £219 for 6 workshops. Keep an eye on this web site for booking details and dates.

    In the meantime, please join our mailing list to be notified about all forthcoming courses.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Showcase Events

    When your group has completed its 6 week course, some of the members might decide they want to put on a gig in which they can showcase their work and invite their friends to come along and watch.

    Think Funny will help you to plan this, supply a suitable venue (free of charge), and offer both guidance on how best to organise the event, and feedback afterwards.

    Pictured above is the showcase gig presented by our Summer 2016 course at the Earl Haig Hall in North London.

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    Comedy Writing Tools: Substitution

    Substitution is a highly creative comedy writing tool if in the right hands. It basically means swapping a thing for another thing. Ideally the swap will be with somthing that is the complete opposite of what you started with. Substitution can be visual or audible as this example shows.

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    Comedy Writing Tools: The Rule of Three

    That most basic of comedy writing tools is often the most difficult to pull off. The first piece of information is the set up, the second reinforces the idea and underlines it, and the third subverts it or puts a spin on it. Here are some great examples from The Fast Show, Family Guy and Airplane.

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    Comedy Writing Tools: The Cut Gag

    One of our favourite comedy writing tools at Think Funny is the cut gag. This is where the laugh is created simply by cutting from one shot to another. This is a televisual incarnation of what is also known as a “reveal”.  Here are two brilliant examples from “Father Ted” by Mathews & Linehan and “I’m Alan Partridge” by Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci and Peter Baynham.

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    Comedy Tools: Crossed Purposes

    One of the more common writing tools we look at during Think Funny comedy writing courses is “crossed purposes”. This is when two characters or more create confusion when they think they’re talking about the same thing, when in fact they are talking about two separate subjects. If one of the subjects happens to be sex, we call this double entendre. Here are a few examples from the TV archives.

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