The Funny Side
Stand-up Comedy Course
in association with...

Sprout Ideas David James Stand Up

Next 7 week course
will be some time just after Easter
(7 Mondays: 7.00pm-9.30pm)

If you're interested in attending the next course let us know via

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

Take your first steps into stand-up comedy.

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new stand-up course under senior award-winning comedian and trainer David James.

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.

David (at age 61) won third place at the prestigious New Act of the Year awards at the Hackney Empire in 2009. 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.

Times: 7.00pm-9.30pm

Prices: £199 (or £169 concessions).

Note: If you cannot make the first week don't worry - you may join the course up to week 2.

Venue: The venue used for the graduation show will be The Funny Side of Soho - Freedom Bar, 66 Wardour St, London W1F 0TA

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Book Direct By Phone -
No Booking Fee!

To book your place on the course call our Booking Line on 020 7060 0404 and pay using your debit or credit card (sorry we do NOT accept Amex).

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

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