Absolute & Almost Beginners comedy course, led by Ian Smith on Monday evenings in central London


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led by IAN SMITH on EVENINGS in MARCH and APRIL in central London.

"Top comedy courses”: Chortle.co.uk

Absolute and Almost Beginners will introduce you in a fun, friendly and supportive environment to the exciting world of stand-up comedy.  Previous graduates include not only Greg Davies, Josh Widdicombe and Rhod Gilbert but so many more who are seen every day on stage and all broadcast platforms round the world. 

Someone who keeps in touch has become rather famous in Canada, as you can see on https://youtu.be/BMaS--LwROU in his hometown arena, where he displays many of the skills that he learnt on the course. 

So whether you are keen to become a comedian or comedy writer, or have a wedding speech coming up, want to be more confident making presentations at work, or it is on your bucket list, or you simply want an enjoyable new experience, this comedy course can't be bettered.

Amused Moose comedy courses often fill up way ahead so don't delay enrolling or you may
be too late to get a place, so then have to wait for another one with dates that suit you

Our Beginners course is so highly regarded that people even travel from the USA to do it, which may be because, unlike other comedy courses, ours

  • are led by awardwinning comedians who regularly headline at the biggest and best comedy clubs in the UK and abroad, and also
  • unusually limit participants to 10 max (but less if necessary) to ensure that everyone gets lots of individual advice, guidance and encouragement.

Amused Moose Comedy courses (“Top comedy courses”: Chortle.co.uk) are the most affordable around, despite the added-value of being in a small group and being tutored by an awardwinning up-to-date comedian who has so much knowledge and information to pass on.

During the course you will learn how to:

  • Create comedy routines.
  • Write jokes using a variety of structures.
  • Properly use a microphone.
  • Give a great first impression.
  • Connect with your audience.
  • Deal with nerves.
  • Perform confidently on stage at the optional graduation showcase.

The course is led by Ian Smith who is one of Britain's most enjoyable awardwinning stand-up comedians, always in demand in the UK, Europe and Australia.  He is respected for his creative, inventive and well crafted material which led to writing his own 2021 radio show Girl Stuck In A Basketball Hoop, and has just performed on Comedy Central Live.  Ian has written for comedians on Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You and other panel shows, and appeared on The News Quiz and The Now Show on BBC Radio4 having been a regular writer on both.  He was a lead actor in BBC2 Popatron alongside Joel Dommett, and on stage in awardwinning "Waiting for Gaddot".

As there is nothing as good as a recommendation:

  • “An incredible, amazing, thoroughly enjoyable course, that I certainly recommend.” 
  • “You learn stagecraft, how to write a joke, how to make it funnier, and how to stand up and deliver it so that people laugh.  It’s magical.”
  • “I have done several comedy courses but this is the best, and we had lots of practice with a mic."
  • “The graduation showcase was huge fun, with an audience and everything.  You don't have to do it, but you'd be depriving yourself of a highlight if you don't.”
  • “I really enjoyed the course.  My 6th gig is tonight - I love it!”

Course dates: 6.45pm to 9.45pm on
Mondays 7,14,21,28 March and 4,11 April AND
Tuesdays 1 and 22 March
Plus emergency dates of Tuesdays 29 March and 12 April, in case unavoidably any of the above cannot happen (which has very rarely happened)

               No refunds are given for sessions not attended, and
               dates/times/location/course leader etc  may very occasionally differ from those shown, without liability. 

Graduation showcase takes place on the last evening of the course
        (Appearing will be brilliant and is strongly recommended, but not compulsory)
Venue: The Karma Sanctum Hotel’s clubroom, 20 Warwick St, Soho, W1B 5NF
       Tube: Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus

No preparation is required.  Minimum age: 18


 HOW TO ENROL:  The course fee is £396 by enrolling online here, with no booking fee.
INSTALMENTS: Alternatively you can hold a place with 50% deposit; then your place is confirmed when the balance is paid 10+ days before the course starts.

If the name associated with the enrolment fee payment is different from the name of the person who will be attending the course, please inform courses@amusedmoose.com to let us know.

When your fee has been received, you will receive an automated confirmation.

Then a few days before the start date, full details of the course will be reconfirmed by AmusedMooseComedy by email.

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