Stand-up comedy course
in association with 'The Funny Side' comedy clubs

Next 7 week course 'to be announced'

David James Stand Up Graduation Show

Take your first steps into stand-up comedy.

We are delighted to announce the return of The Funny Side stand-up course under senior award-winning comedian and trainer David James.

Tell me about the course
David has very definite ideas on how to prepare stand-up comedians for the stage. Our course starts by concentrating on the quality of the material and the writing. David develops and tests the various sources of good material until each participant is proficient in all types. When the quality of the material stands on its own feet the course starts to concentrate more on delivery and the nuances of performance such as pauses, props and persona.

The participants will become experienced with a microphone and dealing with an audience, be encouraged to develop their own style, and will receive plenty of feedback along the way aimed at preparing them for a short spot in a showcase in week seven.

David's experience as a stand-up and also a coach combine to give participants the confidence to get up on their feet, alone, with a microphone and with their own material, from the word go. Not to be missed.

Your tutor
In 2009 David James (at age 61) won third place at the prestigious New Act of the Year awards at the Hackney Empire. He gigs regularly in London and the south east and is also an established trainer and coach. He not only prepares new comedians for the stage but also runs workshops for business on the use of humour at work.

Dates: There will be classes on February 25th, March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, April 1st and a 'graduation' show on April 8th.

Dates & Times
The course will run weekly for 6 Mondays and on the 7th Monday there will be a 'graduation' show.

6.45pm-9.00pm each night.

Student Jon at The Showcase Student Jules at The Showcase

Book Direct Online - No Booking Fee
To book your place online please use this link to visit the booking page on our partner The Funny Side's website.

Book Direct By Phone - No Booking Fee
To book your place by phone please call our partner The Funny Side's Booking Line on 020 7060 0404 and pay using your debit or credit card (sorry they do NOT accept Amex).

(occasionally, if its very late at night or they are on another call, you may get through to an ansaphone. Please do leave a message and they'll call you back as soon as possible).

SPROUT IDEAS has a policy of being as inclusive as possible, but we regret that this course is not suitable for anyone with significant learning difficulties or visual impairment. If you have a disability, please tell us in advance and we'll let you know if there are any aspects of the course that you may find it difficult to participate in.


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Stand Up Comedy Course
The Werewolf Game
Forthcoming dates & venues:


The Vestry
117 Charterhouse Street

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Stand Up Course:
£199.00 (£169.00 concs)
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