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Writing Political Comedy

Writing Political Comedy

Ever stare at the news and think ‘this is ridiculous’? Do you watch your favourite comedians talk about the state of the country and think...I'd like to do this!

In this one day intensive we’ll look at how to break down news stories and turn them into hilarious jokes and comedy routines. Using techniques from professional TV and radio shows we’ll show how to dig the funny out of even the most boring political manoeuvre. And we’ll learn how to do it fast enough to get there before the rest of the internet! As we begin to assemble jokes and themes we’ll look at how we can use comedy as a force for good. Highlighting hypocrisy and challenging out-dated attitudes. We’ll learn techniques including distant analogies and logical extensions which work great at revealing the flaws in political strategies and popular attitudes. And, of course, we’ll have a great laugh doing it all day. 

No experience is needed, just bring yourself and a couple recent newspapers and watch the comdey flow.

Course Content

In this course, you will:

  • Break down news stories and get to the heart of the topic.
  • Build routines around big political topics.
  • Write fast and amaze audiences with jokes on the latest issues.
  • Learn new comedy techniques such as analogies and logical extensions.
  • Use comedy as a force for good, educating, challenging attitudes and calling for action.
  • Have audiences laughing, and your classmates too!

Level

Suitable for complete beginners

Equipment

Bring a notebook, pen and some current newspapers of your choice

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PAYMENT OPTIONS

You are welcome to join the course up to the second class.

ONLINE & PHONE PAYMENTS

Online – To book your selected class/course online, just click Book Now next to your chosen class/course.
Phone – We would be happy to take your booking over the phone, just call us on 020 7042 8833.

CASH & CHEQUE PAYMENTS

Cash - You are welcome to pay cash, just come and see us at our office: City Academy, 38 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RN
Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.

10% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

If you book 2 or more different classes/courses at a time we can offer you a 10% discount. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please enter 2ORMORE in the promotional code box when booking online or quote code when booking over the phone. Please note that this offer cannot be applied when you are booking two or more of the same class/course.

INDUSTRY TUTORS

City Academy tutors are experienced artists and performers that work in the industry. If your tutor's availability changes at short notice, our team will arrange for a suitable replacement and notify you in advance.

CANCELLATIONS POLICY

We offer a full refund or full credit of your original course if you cancel at least 72 hours before the start of your booking.
We cannot offer any refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before the start of your booking, or if you do not attend.
(For more information please see our terms and conditions)

DATE DAY TIME (BST) DURATION TUTOR VENUE PRICE BOOKING
30 Apr Sun 10:30-17:00 1 day Kate Smurthwaite City Academy at 38 Rosebery Ave., Farringdon £129.00
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16 Dec Sat 10:30-17:00 1 day Kate Smurthwaite City Academy at 10 Herbal Hill £129.00
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PAYMENT OPTIONS

You are welcome to join the course up to the second class.

ONLINE & PHONE PAYMENTS

Online – To book your selected class/course online, just click Book Now next to your chosen class/course.
Phone – We would be happy to take your booking over the phone, just call us on 020 7042 8833.

CASH & CHEQUE PAYMENTS

Cash - You are welcome to pay cash, just come and see us at our office: City Academy, 38 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RN
Cheque - You can also pay by cheque by filling out this form (click here) and posting it to the address above.

10% DISCOUNT AVAILABLE

If you book 2 or more different classes/courses at a time we can offer you a 10% discount. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please enter 2ORMORE in the promotional code box when booking online or quote code when booking over the phone. Please note that this offer cannot be applied when you are booking two or more of the same class/course.

INDUSTRY TUTORS

City Academy tutors are experienced artists and performers that work in the industry. If your tutor's availability changes at short notice, our team will arrange for a suitable replacement and notify you in advance.

CANCELLATIONS POLICY

We offer a full refund or full credit of your original course if you cancel at least 72 hours before the start of your booking.
We cannot offer any refund if you cancel less than 72 hours before the start of your booking, or if you do not attend.
(For more information please see our terms and conditions)

All City Academy tutors are experienced professionals from theatre, film/TV and performance industries. So whilst they're training you they may also be rehearsing for a West End show or working on a movie. We like that and we do believe it makes a difference in class.

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