HOW TO COMPERE WELL on a Sunday afternoon in central London, with Markus Birdman.



COMPERING SMART: How to Compere Well (socially distanced if necessary)

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This intensive session is for gigging comedians who want to start compering, as well as those who already compere but are keen to improve, with content which provides an extensive understanding of compering and includes examples from the course leader and participants.  Compering well can massively benefit a stand-up career. 

It will help you consider the development of your own style and give you the skills, strategies and inside information, so you can compere with confidence, and remain calm, in control, and capable of creating a friendly, focussed room, ready for a fantastic night of comedy.

NB: the theory and practice of stand-up itself will not be included, so this is not suitable for anyone who is not a gigging comedian.

The compere is essential in creating an environment in which the other comedians on the bill can flourish.  If you’ve ever heard a comedian say “The audience are nice tonight”, it is almost certainly because the compere made them nice.  Had it been a poor compere, there is every chance that the potentially ‘nice’ crowd may have become unplayable. 

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In outline in this afternoon's session the basics of compering will be covered, plus other skills for example of bantering with your audience, working the room and dealing with hecklers, then moving on to higher level skills, while also highlighting bad habits to avoid.

Essentially a brief introduction about the job/responsibilites of a compere will be followed by discussion/suggestions/worshopping improvements/possibilities of different compering styles, with participation by the seminar leader and volunteers to demonstrate examples onstage.  The different requirements and skills involved in the various elements of a show from a compere's perspective - opening the gig, between acts, opening second half, closing the gig, and dealing with people who might or do interrupt you and/or the acts - will become evident.  In addition there will be Do's and Don'ts, promoter/booker's expectations (including timings), strategies, and also other/expanded topics, as time permits.

Not only are good comperes always in demand, but the skills and experience gained from compering feeds into your abilities as a stand-up, as well as making you attractive as a host on guest shows and as a presenter.  Many household name comedy performers including Graham Norton, Eddie Izzard, Frank Skinner, Ricky Gervais and Adam Hills honed their skills as resident comperes of comedy clubs.

The session is led by Markus Birdman who, with over 18 years experience, is in the elite squad of stand-ups who compere at The Comedy Store.  He is up-to-date and really knows about current trends etc, and has extensive awareness of comedy compering of all types in all kinds of situations.  TimeOut featured Markus in their Top Ten Comedians list, confirming that he is in demand as one of the most respected and well travelled British gigging comedians and comperes by all the big comedy clubs, not just in the UK but also internationally.  He has appeared on television around the globe (including Festival Galas, and a Netflix Special in Amsterdam), been nominated for numerous comedy awards as far afield as New Zealand and Australia as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe, and in London has for example appeared at Soho Theatre and the O2.

Date: Sunday 20 Sept (12.30-5pm)

Venue: The Water Rats theatre, 328 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8BZ
           (Tube/Railway: Kings X)


HOW TO ENROL: The fee is £75 ... enrol online by clicking here

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