A dynamic and propulsive weekend, our first Comedy Clinic is packed with workshops and sessions with the most compelling comedic artists associated with Soho Theatre. This is a one-off opportunity to engage in the techniques and tactics of the art of comedy – whether you are a playwright looking for new methods to incorporate into your process, or a comedian looking to draw on others’ expertise, this weekend is guaranteed to take you to the next level in terms of how you approach your work.
Rather than our usual one-to-one feedback sessions, we will be looking at the work through informal and interactive group workshops led by the community of award-winning comedians that Soho Theatre has become renowned for…
THE PAJAMA MEN WORKSHOP
Learn to create bigger than life, ridiculous, and even grotesque characters with astonishing comedy duo The Pajama Men, Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez. This workshop will also focus on stage presence, generating material through improvisation and the never-ending quest to surprise the audience and ourselves. A unique opportunity to work in the room with one of the most successful physical comedy acts working today.
‘Without props and costumes, but with expert skill and an impish sense of fun, the Pajama Men create a cartoon of the mind – a shape-shifting world in which anything seems not just possible, but imminent.’ ★★★★★ Guardian
YOUR FUNNIEST STORY
How do you craft a full-length comedy without stretching the joke? Where can you find truth and human insight in the most ridiculous situations? What is the distinction between theatrical and television comedy? A craft-focused session, tailored to your ambitions, led by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Morgan Lloyd Malcolm – You Once Said Yes (Fringe First & Total Theatre Award Winner 2012), Belongings (Hampstead, Trafalgar Studios), School Of Comedy (Channel 4).
A masterclass in the art of writing a joke – making the impossible seem effortless by deconstructing the mechanics of set-ups, punchlines, seeds, strands, themes, targets, subjects and the sublimely ridiculous. Hone your skills and learn all the tricks with two of the finest gag merchants on the comedy scene: John Luke Roberts – writer for BBC’s The News Quiz and co-founder of the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society – and Jonny Donahoe – visiting lecturer in Comedy Writing at Westminster University and frontman of the comedy band Jonny & The Baptists.
THE HIGH CONCEPT
Soho Theatre’s Comedy Associate Lee Griffiths (Late Night Gimp Fight) leads this intensive session on discovering the perfect comedic scenarios through situation, circumstance, character and theme. Beginning with the simplest everyday set-ups, this workshop will guide you through a practical process with which to create comedic sketches and narratives.