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 2020 the courses once again take place at one of the UK’s oldest and most respected comedy clubs, Downstairs at the Kings Head. Attendees work together to brainstorm and script short comedy routines and sketches. Time is also 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 live fringe show Sketch Club has 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.
Think Funny comedy writing courses with Brian Luff run on Saturday afternoons, in blocks of 6 weeks. Venue: Downstairs at the Kings Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, London N8 8AA. Times: 12.30pm to 4pm map
14th, 21st, 28th March, 4th, 11th, 18th April 2020
Maximum 10 attendees. Price: £219 (for 6 x 3.5 hr workshops)
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Street parking available nearby. Nearest Tube Finsbury Park (Victoria Line/Piccadilly Line). Kings Cross 10 mins. Take W7 bus from Finsbury Park (Wells Terrace) to Crouch End Broadway (10-15 mins).