FINDING THE JOKE
A five week long comedy writing workshop with Logan Murray, author of 'Get Started in Stand Up Comedy'
‘There is no such thing as a bad joke, just an underdeveloped joke’
Over the past few years I've had the good fortune to run writing workshops around Europe which show professional and semi-professional writers and performers how to unlock humour from pretty much any given situation. They have proven productive for individuals and also a lot of fun, but it's been hard to find time in my schedule to organise one in London, where I do most of my other workshops.
How would you like to spend five Thursday evenings being creative in a warm friendly environment, while we wait for Spring to arrive?
Participants will be encouraged to use the techniques they learn in any medium they choose: stand up, sketch writing, sit com scenes, character monologue, even comic book writing, if they wish.
The five three hour workshops will cover the basics of comic grammar , including afterthought, attitude, misunderstanding for comic effect, saying one thing but revealing another and – perhaps most importantly – how to mine one subject for many different comic ideas.
Along the way, we will look at various theories of comedy and how we can utilise them, including: Darwinian theory, Henri Bergson’s ideas, Freudian Joke models and Koestler’s theory of creativity.
Through writing games and homework, with group feedback and tutor led suggestions, you will learn how best to hone up your writing skills and how to polish up a script.
By the end of the workshops, you will have a method for crafting comedy in most formats and a clear understanding on how to make a good idea better.
You will also laugh loads.
March: Shanghai Wellington College Arts Festival
April: Comedy Writing Day London on the 2nd ( https://www.eventbrite.com/e/logan-murrays-comedy-writing-workshop-tickets-32188554834)
Also, and there's one in Inverness on the 20th.
May: I Hope to run another Comedy Writing Course in London (they are proving to be quite popular!).
June 9th to 11th : Charity Comedy Workshop in Sheffield as a fund raiser for Changing Faces
July 15th to 22nd: Comedy Writing Workshop on Skyros Island, Greece.