The Actors Centre

How to Become a Comedy Sketch Writer and Performer

WHAT IS IT? A fun, imaginative and highly informative two-day course, introducing you to the process of becoming a comedy sketch writer/performer. HOW WILL IT WORK? Through a series of games and exercises, you will learn how to create material from improvisation and write for different formats, exploring the key differences between stand up, character comedy and sketch comedy. You'll explore the mechanics and components of what makes good sketch comedy work, and have the opportunity to explore the best outlet for your comedy (live performance, TV and radio sketch writing, monologue, narrative comedy, online series). We'll also look at how to take this work further, including practical advice on how to successfully pitch scripts, continue writing and performing your own work, how to build a career as a comedy writer/performer and the cross over between live and TV comedy. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? Skills development will include; building confidence; how to generate ideas; how to hone and edit your material; how to create great comedy characters; understanding comedy writing structure (i.e. set up/pay off, the 'reveal') You will also gain great insights into playing (live and TV) comedy, working as a team and serving the joke. Price £60


This workshop runs over 2 days

May 21, 28


Karen Hayley

Karen Hayley is a comedy writer/performer and voice over artist with over 20 years experience in film, TV and theatre. Best known for her TV sketch show performances including regular appearances in The Armstrong and Miller Show, Dom Jolly's Fool Britannia, Lemon La Vida Loca, Bo Selecta, A Bear's Tail, The TNT Show, Chikipedia and MTV's 1 LSQ with Russell Brand. She's written and developed TV and radio comedy projects for Hat Trick Productions, Objective Productions, Talkback Thames and been featured on BBC3's The Verb, BBC Radio1, BBC6 Music, New York's East Village Radio and BBC Comedy Online. She provides voices for cartoons (Cartoon Network, CBeebies, MTV, Virgin Media) and has been featured on comedy podcasts (The Bugle). As a live comedy writer/performer, she has performed in over 200 venues in the UK and abroad and has appeared in several long-running theatre productions in the West End and at the National Theatre.


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