Stand-Up Comedy Class with Angie Belcher

Saturday 7th May

10:00 – 17:00

Optional Student Showcase at 19:00

Learn how to write your first 5-minute set using comedic devices used by professional stand-ups. Run by an award-winning stand-up, writer and actor, this master class focuses on understanding your comedic persona, using writing techniques to get the most laughs and writing material about your story. All participants will also have the option to try out their material during the Saturday evening showcase and receive personal feedback on their set. 

This 1-day workshop will help you to:

  • Learn why you might struggle to talk about yourself when alone on stage and give tips and tricks for nervousness
  • Find out what your comedic persona is using psychological models
  • Write using comedic devices from one-liners to building a funny story
  • Understand the psychology of audiences
  • How to use your body and voice to command a stage

Who is it for?

This master class is open to both first time performers and actors who would like to learn and try out the art form of Stand-up comedy. This workshop will build on your stage presence to create a comedic version of yourself. The exercises, games and theory will enable you to write your first 5 minutes of stand-up comedy and learn how to perform your material like a professional. You’ll then have the opportunity to have a go at performing during a showcase on Saturday evening!

What will you be doing?

The day will consist of games, exercises, and psychological theory to help you bring your unique personality, experience and charisma to the stage. Above all, the day will inspire you to be a better and more confident communicator.  The workshop aims to be fun and practical as well as giving you a new found love of talking about your life. Everyone will get a chance to write and present their set as well as receiving personal feedback.

Participants will also be given the opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learnt during the day at a stand-up comedy showcase that evening. The first half of the evening will be a safe and supportive space for students to try out their carefully crafted 5-minute sets, followed by our brilliant headliner act Sam Williams after the interval.

Stand-Up Comedy Showcase >

“Angie is all about energy, ideas and enthusiasm but it’s not just about her warm passionate personality; there is a depth of understanding of both the subject matter and the people she is working with that make her a very effective coach and facilitator.” Paul Goring, CEO Consortio

MAY – MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

Mental Health Awareness Week is happening from 9th to 15th May 2022 with the official theme of loneliness. Throughout May, we’re inviting our audiences and students to donate to local mental health charity Changes Bristol to raise awareness of this important event. All donations received from this event will go towards the charity.

Changes Bristol is a community based mental health charity that provides free peer support groups to help improve people’s mental wellbeing. They run 18 weekly peer support groups, a twice weekly walk and talk service and telephone befriending for one-to-one support.

Find out more about Changes Bristol >

Class Details

Places are capped at 12.

About the Instructor

Angie Belcher

Angie is an award-winning stand-up (Finalist – What the Frock Best Comedy National Newcomer 2015). She is an accomplished comedy performer and has supported John Gordillo, Ian Cognito, Silky, Shappi Khorsandi and Shazia Mirza as well as compering Glastonbury Festival’s Cabaret Tent. She had a full and successful run at Edinburgh Fringe (Bloody Marvellous”, Kate Copstick-The Scotsman). She was also Team Captain for political comedy panel show Comedy Manifesto during its Edinburgh run. Angie is a stand–up comedy tutor for Circomedia in Bristol, Comedian In Residence at University of Bristol, and is a writer in residence for First Story and Literature Works. She also runs gigs around the South West with her AFTERMIRTH Daytime comedy brand. Angie also works as an actor and is currently in Amazon Prime horror flick Crispy’s Curse.