A former Think Funny student writes: “I attended one of your comedy writing courses. A few years later I co-wrote the 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 workshops.” TIM REID.
“I wanted to say thanks for the brilliant course. I’ve done a couple of similar ones, but yours was on another level. Your approach to the mechanics made so much sense. It all clicked in a way it hasn’t before and that’s down to the way you explain things, the years of first-hand experience you’ve had and the fact that you made it all so much fun. Thank you so much.” CARL WHEATLEY
Wherever you are in the world you can now join up to 9 other participants LIVE online with one of Brian Luff’s acclaimed comedy writing courses via video conferencing.
(Required: Fast internet connection & download of free Zoom software.)
These online 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, students learn how the pros use repetition, callback, reversal and other tricks of the trade to make the audience laugh. The courses are also a lot of fun and a great opportunity to make contact with like-minded people and fellow writers! Non-compulsory writing assignments are set as “homework” between each live session and then reviewed by the group the following week. No previous experience is necessary for this online course.
- 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 by your fellow students online.
- 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 online.
At the beginning of 2020 our first course of the year took place at one of the world’s oldest and most respected comedy clubs, Downstairs at the Kings Head in London. Now we are offering a unique opportunity to join our next course from the comfort of your own home, wherever your location.
A maximum of 10 students will work together online to brainstorm and script short comedy routines and sketches. Time is also spent looking at scriptwriting for stand-up and the structure of television sitcom. You’ll use Zoom breakout rooms to write in pairs and small groups.
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 sets of 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 written and performed in numerous comedy shows on the London and Edinburgh Fringe and is a multi award-winning short film maker.
Brian’s courses and live fringe showcases have helped to launch the careers of numerous emerging TV writer/performers including Nick Helm, Imran Yusuf, Tom Davis, Cardinal Burns, Joe Wilkinson and Perrier Award winner Laura Solon. See also our personalised Zoom 1-2-1 Mentoring Sessions
Latest News: One of Think Funny’s former students Hattie Harrison recently won a BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Award for her script “Scaredy Kat”. Congratulations Hattie! Follow in Hattie’s footsteps…
Think Funny comedy writing courses with Brian Luff go LIVE on Saturday afternoons, in blocks of 6 weeks.
Saturday 24 July – Saturday 28 August 2021 (24, 31 Jul, 7, 14 21, 28 August)
Times: 3pm to 5.00pm (BST)
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Maximum 10 students. Price: £199 (for 6 x 2 hr online sessions + writing assignments.) Terms
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