Comedy acting classes

Comedy Acting & Writing Classes

  • Stage & the City comedy acting course

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Places still remaining for those that can start Monday 24th September, (full refund given if you don’t enjoy the first class. Just let us know by 1pm the next day).

15% Discount for new students only. Use code NEW15

Stage & the City’s Comedy Acting & Writing classes are all about having fun, understanding the comedy industry and working towards creating your own sketches and scripts. Students will explore a variety of acting techniques, comedy concepts and strategies for developing comedic performance. Participants will learn how to conquer stage fright and explore what makes comedy work.

Our Comedy Acting classes are ideal for anyone that wants to build their confidence, learn what makes you funny, have fun, develop their acting skills and say yes to creativity and spontaneity. This course also suits anybody who wishes to improve communication skills for work purposes including dealing with colleagues, clients and public speaking. No previous acting experience is required, just a desire to learn.


Course Content:

The course starting in September will focus on improv, pitching, scriptwriting, radio comedy and clowning. It will focus on confidence building, allowing each student to work towards a self-devised comedy monologue.

Throughout the course, we will work on the process of getting an idea from imagination to page to screen or radio. There will be a specific focus on Comedy Acting for radio, microphone technique, breath and voice work, topical sketch creation and BBC Radio 4 script submissions. Students will be taught methods to learn lines, how to story arch and build characters and understand the difference between stage and screen performance.

There will also be a focus on treatments, how to pitch ideas, methods to film tasters and pilots and one-on-one help with Comedy TV and radio ideas.

Students will be recorded and be able to watch themselves back to gain insights into the development over the course. They will also participate in table reads and critique each other’s work. 

The course will culminate in a showcase and students will each receive a comedy radio demo which will be recorded in class for them to take away as part of their comedy pitches.


Teacher:   Maddy Anholt

Maddy trained at ALRA (The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) and had her first one-woman comedy show produced by The Canal Cafe Theatre. Following this she had a sell-out run at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at the Soho Theatre, London. Her new comedy pilot for BBC Radio 4 is released in December 2017. She has filmed with Warner Bros, Channel 5 and Sky.


Course Fees & Dates:

MONDAYS @ 7.00pm – 9.00pm

17th September – 10th December
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PQA Studios, 242 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross London, N1 9JY

New students get a 15% discount. (You only need to pay the £29.50 deposit to guarantee a place and get discount). Use code NEW15 at the checkout.

Full fees will need to be paid by 16th September unless an instalment policy is arranged in advance. Please e-mail to arrange. Get a full refund if you don’t enjoy the first class. Just let us know by 1pm the next day.