Week 5: Get Started in Comedy! (Zoom based)
The Bill Murray : Training, Islington, United Kingdom
7-week course starting on February 1st, and running on February 8th, 15th, 22nd, March 1st, 8th and 15th.
Spend 7 weeks building your first comedy set, getting to know how comedy works and meeting a new set of friends. Bring out what is hilarious about you, by working with a small, supportive group of peers and Dec Munro - an award-winning comedy director & co-founder of the Bill Murray. Via the “convenience” of Zoom, you will learn to:
- Discover your comedic persona
- Structure a set
- Write jokes
Dec has worked with comedians including Sofie Hagen, Ellie Taylor, Mawaan Rizwan, Angela Barnes and Andy Hunter-Murray - and prides himself on making comedy a positive experience.
Spend 2 hours every week focusing on a different area of comedy, using discussion and interactive materials. Creative exercises specially tailored for online teaching will help to explore the techniques used by comics for writing and performance looking to get to what’s funny about you. Groups of no more than 8 will allow everyone to get the time and attention they need.
Weekly sessions will end with homework being set, with the opportunity to share your work with the group the following week and get regular, detailed feedback.
Throughout the classes you will receive:
- Immediate and interactive feedback
- Personalised feedback on work submitted in advance
- Detailed notes on the topics covered after each session
When you feel ready, you will have the opportunity for a 30-minute one-to-one with your teacher to help craft your first five-minute set into something to feel proud of.
Who is teaching?
Dec Munro is a co-founder of the Bill Murray pub (Chortle’s Best London venue 2020). He’s directed shows that have won awards at the Edinburgh Festival and been seen around the world. He’s worked on stand-up sets that have been on Live at the Apollo, Conan, Netflix specials, Mock the Week and Radio 4.
More importantly, he loves comedy and he is excited to work with comedians at all stages of their career.
“I cannot recommend Dec Munro highly enough. His feedback is measured, insightful, never superfluous and ALWAYS useful.” Angela Barnes
“He will make you into the best version of yourself. I am never funnier or more productive than when I am in the company of Dec.” Sofie Hagen
£200 or £150 if NHS/currently furloughed/out of work.
One full bursary place available
Monday 1st February – 15th March (inclusive)
Time – 8-10pm.
All of the income for this course goes directly to the act, performer or teacher.
To Enquire/ Pay for this course please contact them directly at this email: email@example.com
Dec’s class is the best way to get started doing stand up. Working with a director who regularly has shows at international comedy festivals is helpful because he can provide a 3rd party perspective that’s incredibly professional. Very generous person and wise teacher. If you’re serious about stand up, take the class. Hopefully you can get a spot! Nina Kramer
I took Dec Munro’s ‘Getting started…’ class and was very impressed with the course. Beyond my expectations, the course took me from complete zero to a working 5 min set and gave me the tools and confidence to deploy it on an unsuspecting stand-up world. Dec really knows his stuff and it shows.” Tom McManus
“I’m really appreciative of Dec’s guidance as well as generosity with his time. His style of nurturing everyone’s individual style (rather than a prescriptive “in order to be funny do A, B and C”) is really great - which lets each person’s personality come through to create their own authentic brand and style of humour.” Varun Kumta
A fantastic course that I would recommend to anyone with a passion for stand-up. Dec really encourages you to harness on what already lies within. Plus a great opportunity to meet amazing people. Nikki Goffe
“I would 100% recommend this course to anyone who wants to get an insight into comedy from someone who really knows what they’re talking about and really pushes you to work harder to do your best.” Naif Mohamed
I would highly recommend this course. Even though I had already completed a beginners course in the past. It was great to go back to basics, re-focus and come away with a greater understanding and tight set plus. I am very happy. Elaine Blackmore
“Dec was incredibly supportive and knowledgeable while remaining constructively critical. My writing and editing ability has drastically improved since starting the course and I would recommend to anyone thinking about taking part in the future to do it! End-to-end, a fantastic experience.” Laurence Kite
“Dec perfectly balances encouragement and honesty to create a free and expressive atmosphere enabling interesting material and personas. Working with Dec for just a few months has really accelerated the development of my persona, material generating skills and trust in my individual comic voice” Annie Sheppard
“Dec has rekindled my love for stand up comedy. Previously I had given up on writing and performing stand-up, now I’m picking it back up again with even more determination. It’s terrible. It’s basically all Dec’s fault that I now have a solid 5-minutes, that I’m really pleased with and I think is genuinely funny. Damn You Dec Munro! Damn you!” Harry McIlroy
“Dec is excellent at packaging comedy in a fun, accessible way to all, communicating with ease how to understand the importance of persona and how a comedian is seen by the audience. Allowing us to "find our funny" and understand that everyone has something to say, everyone can find and communicate what we find funny and deliver with economy of words and with creative performance techniques, I am so so glad I took Dec’s course, comedy is terrifying but horrendously rewarding and I would recommend it to anyone looking to take comedy seriously.” Grace Viccary
“I found this course incredibly insightful and made me think about stand up differently and actually open my eyes to some of the realities and real practicalities of it. Dec’s take on how much character and persona play into the delivery and writing process is unique and has not only deeply informed my understanding of the creative process around standup, but also allowed me to better appreciate comics out on the circuit today.” Lewis Craig
“Comedy has been a long term passion for me and although I’d never given it a go myself, I pushed myself to try something new and joined Dec’s Get started in Comedy Course on Zoom. Dec was a brilliant teacher who harboured a very supportive atmosphere amongst the group, which let us know that we could always try out material amongst a very encouraging audience. He was great at explaining techniques and showing examples from a wide variety of big names in comedy. The best thing about the course was that Dec spent time with us in 1on1 sessions to help us create and refine our first 5 minute set, before performing it in front of the rest of the class. This meant that we finished the course with our very own first set, the experience of performing it in front of people and clear next steps about what to do in the world of comedy.” Dominic Burrell
“Dec provided us with a rounded and well-formed intro to the world of doing the stand-up that came from a place of experience and knowledge. If you need a nudge in the right direction cos you have the itch this is a great route to get you going.” Andrew Garnet
"Dec was an outstanding teacher for a number of reasons - his technical knowledge covering everything from an opening gambit to persona and delivery. Since the course, I have been able to analyse and critically assess the positives and the pitfalls of both good and bad sets and tailor mine to be more effective and snappy. What I enjoyed perhaps the most was Dec gave us the freedom to explore comedy in our unique styles and guided us based on those styles. I have found other teachers or courses may sometimes be relatively generic in delivery and advice, and material generated there would be boxed in by the conformity, whereas Dec let the participants present their own work and helped each of us craft it using his perspective. I also found the one to one session very useful & a unique part of the course. Dec has a pleasant and warm nature and vast experience, knowledge and passion. Recommended!" Alf E Jones
"I really enjoyed the zoom course with Dec and I learned so much. His feedback was very precise and detailed." Andrea Koikai
The Bill Murray : Training
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