A former Think Funny student writes: “I attended your comedy writing course and a few years later I co-wrote BBC One sitcom Peter Kay’s Car Share. I’m working on a couple of new sitcoms now and wanted to get in touch to say thanks – I got loads of useful tips, tools and motivation from your workshop.” Tim Reid.
Want to follow in Tim’s footsteps? Brian Luff’s acclaimed courses 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. While looking at the disciplines of sketch writing, sitcom and stand-up, attendees 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 comedy scripts workshopped, discussed and critiqued.
- You’ll receive numerous tips on how to pitch your scripts and ideas to producers.
- You’ll have a chance to network and collaborate with other budding writers.
In January 2018 the course once again takes place at one of the UK’s oldest and most respected comedy clubs, Downstairs at the Kings Head. Attendees will work together to brainstorm and script short 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. If you’re serious about writing comedy this is one of the best workshops in the business.
Brian has written for sketch shows on ITV and Channel 5 and co-created a cult late night comedy series for Channel 4 and MTV. He has worked as a senior producer and talent scout for the BBC’s online comedy unit and as series producer for the TV series Cosmic Comedy. Brian has also worked on over 500 comedy shows on the London and Edinburgh Fringe.
Brian’s weekly fringe show Sketch Club helped to showcase the talents of numerous emerging TV writer/performers including Channel Four′s Cardinal Burns, Joe Wilkinson and Perrier Award winner Laura Solon.
The next Think Funny comedy writing course with Brian Luff runs on six consecutive Saturday afternoons from 20 January to 24 February 2018. Times: 12.30pm to 4pm.
Venue: Downstairs at the Kings Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, London N8 8AA map
Book early, maximum 10 attendees.
Price: £219 (for 6 x 3.5 hr workshops)
Disabled access on request. Street parking available. Nearest Tube Finsbury Park (Victoria Line/Piccadilly Line). Kings Cross 10 mins. Take W7 bus from Finsbury Park (Wells Terrace) to Crouch End Broadway (10 mins).