How to improvise in conversation.
If you want to be good at comedy, then you're going to need to have some good banter. Conversation is the fuel to comedy. You can't blame others for uncomfortable silences or conversion that goes nowhere. The burden is on you to provide the entertainment. We'll teach you how to improvise and to think on your feet.
How to turn boring conversation into laughter.
A lot of the time, comedy simply comes down to taking something normal or boring and reframing it into a playful perspective. We'll show you how to take a mundane conversation or boring subject matter and inject some light-hearted comedy. Not by being silly or goofy, but by injecting a playful perspective.
How to be funny without saying anything.
Comedy comes in many forms, and we'll be sure to go through each style with you. One type is non-verbal comedy. Learn how to use your body language, facial expressions or voice tone to comedic effect. You don't have to be clever with words to be funny, sometimes the best comedy comes down to subtle gestures or tonality.
The psychology of humour and comedy.
We'll take you through detailed psychology to show you what going on inside your brain when you are being naturally funny. The key to comedy, is to fine-tune your awareness and comedic instincts, rather than memorising endless tricks. Most people are naturally funny to a certain extent, the problem is they don't realise what actually happening at a conscious level, so it's difficult to take things to the next level. Once you understand the ingredients to creating spontaneous comedy, then you can quickly see your strengths and weaknesses and which areas you need to work on.
Practical examples you can use right away.
We love the psychology of comedy and humour more than anything. But this all needs to be put into context. That's why we'll give you practical tips you can use to get started right away. Learning the theory is just the first step. To get good at comedy you need to get out there and experiment on your friends, family and strangers. Take note of what happens and then try again, gradually fine-tuning your skills.
Analysis of famous comedians, actors and fictional characters.
We'll analyse a variety of comedians, actors and fictional characters and go through the different styles. Some comedians use word-play, some get laughs from character comedy, others might be masters at observational comedy. It's important to explore all forms of comedy to understand what works for you.
How to calibrate and get the right balance.
Being playful is the core to comedy, but it's not something that should be switched on and off. Instead, think of it as a sliding scale. Sometimes just a hint of playfulness is all one needs, especially at the start of an interaction. Too much too soon and the other person will think you're a complete weirdo. We'll show you how to get the right balance, and how far you can go.
How to develop a comedic style that suits your personality.
Everyone is different. And every comedian is different. Some are calm, others more energetic. Some more obvious with their humour, some more subtle and dry. And each interaction is going to be different. We'll introduce a wide range of styles of comedy, so that you can decide which works for you and what doesn't. We'll also teach you how to calibrate your style, depending on the situation.
Common traps you need to avoid.
The number one mistake is trying to be funny. If you try too hard you'll come across as insecure and needy. But sometimes we don't even realise that we are sending out that 'needy' signal. It can be very subtle, but at the same time ruin everything. You probably know someone who's fun to be around, but comes across as attention seeking when they are trying to be funny. We'll show you how to avoid making that mistake and other common pitfalls.