For Beginners

Aimed firmly at beginners, this course could be the platform you need to escape the hum-drum of the office job and become a comedy star in the making. You are taken on a journey from social joker to The Comedy Store stage in just 7 weeks.

Your tutor, Mike Gunn, has seen it all in his 20+ years as a professional stand-up comedian and has now decided to part with his extensive knowledge. With his vast stage experience, Mike will help students hone their timing, engage with audiences, perfect their mic technique, deal with hecklers, and teach the secrets of constructing hilarious jokes and stories.

The course ends with a showcase at The Comedy Store, open to the public, where each student performs five minutes in front of a live audience. Students will be given a number of tickets to the final event which they can give to family and friends, or even sell to raise funds for their future comedy adventures. So what are you waiting for? Comic stardom beckons…..

Sunday 9th January 2022 – Sunday 13th February 2022

Session 1: Sunday 9th January 11:30 – 13:30

Session 2: Sunday 16th January 11:30 – 13:30

Session 3: Sunday 23rd January 11:30 – 13:30

Session 4: Sunday 30th January 11:30 – 13:30

Session 5: Sunday 6th February 11:30 – 13:30

Session 6: Sunday 13th February 11:30 – 13:30

Sunday 13th February @ 2.30pm

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So what are you waiting for?

You’ve always thought you were funny and now’s the chance to prove it. Greatness awaits……

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A thoroughly enjoyable course

A thoroughly enjoyable course and Mike is a fantastic teacher. He helps you craft your own stage presence and persona, and masterfully improves your jokes. Prep throughout the course is inside the comedy store which… Read more “A thoroughly enjoyable course”

Kris Katzarov

Mikes Showcase

Before choosing a stand-up course, I went to a few showcases to help me decide which was the best. The showcase of Mike’s students at The Comedy Store was by far the most professional. I… Read more “Mikes Showcase”

Dane Buckley

A true master

You will learn invaluable techniques from a true master in the business…

Gino Gattsby

Amazing teacher

Mike is an amazing teacher! I never thought I’d be able to step out onto that stage, but by the end I was confident and ready for stand up!!

Daniel Pike

Life changing and fun!

When I started the course I honestly didn’t think I’d be funny or confident. Mike’s patient and open teaching style gave structure and understanding to the enigma of stand-up! Life changing and fun! Thanks Mike… Read more “Life changing and fun!”

Bailey Johnson

Can’t recommend enough

It was great to get the benefit of Mike’s experience. He was patient, very informative and I learned a lot. It’s a testament to Mike’s teaching that everyone from our course performed to the best… Read more “Can’t recommend enough”

Hywel Roberts

He’s a legend

It’s no easy feat to try your hand at stand up, no matter how funny you think you may be. Deciding to put yourself out there can be daunting but Mike provides an encouraging, challenging… Read more “He’s a legend”

Sarah Taylor

Best thing I have ever done

I completed Mike’s 8 week comedy course and I must say it is the best thing I have ever done. I have never been on stage or performed in my life, and after 8 weeks… Read more “Best thing I have ever done”

Will Slack

Extensive experience in comedy

Having not ever done any stand up before, Mike has helped me and the rest of us, gain the confidence to stand up in front of a bunch of strangers and speak our mind. The… Read more “Extensive experience in comedy”

Marco Ting

Thoroughly recommend working with him

Mike has been a phenomenal teacher of comedy. Obviously passionate about what he does, it’s no exaggeration to say he can turn you from complete novice to having the confidence to kick in and perform… Read more “Thoroughly recommend working with him”

Craig Butler

10/10 would definitely recommend

I took a comedy course with Mike as the teacher and ended up performing a set in front of 200 odd people!! Mike taught me everything I didn’t know that I didn’t know about comedy.… Read more “10/10 would definitely recommend”

Conrad Wilson

Thoroughly enjoyable

Completed a comedy course with Mike and it was a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Mike’s blend of skills, experience and down to earth nature helped the whole group find their style and absolutely smash… Read more “Thoroughly enjoyable”

Ross Norman

A fantastic experience

Before I started this course I arrogantly thought to myself ‘you can’t teach comedy’. Weeks of practicing, feedback and tips later I performed to an audience of 300 people laughing. More importantly, I performed with… Read more “A fantastic experience”

Mark J Winter

Increases your stage presence tenfold

Mikes undeniable expertise and charisma make you feel at ease instantly. He encourages you to get up on stage straight away which increases your stage presence tenfold. Comedy Store – ‘a serious night out.’ If… Read more “Increases your stage presence tenfold”

Tiffany Trethowan

Awesome course by a great teacher

It’s been eight years since I have got on stage, and this course and Mike helped invigorate my enthusiasm and my act. Truly a master at what he does in a warm and confident manner… Read more “Awesome course by a great teacher”

Danny Banks

Had a blast

Hadn’t performed before. 6 great weeks and then got to perform on stage at the Comedy Store! One of the best days of my life. Mike gives great advice, listen to him and you will… Read more “Had a blast”

Dan Morris

Fantastic course 10/10

Mike Gunn’s Comedy Course is highly recommended, you will not be disappointed. Great teacher, great guy and great stand up comic. Do not think about booking, just do it. Don’t delay.

Robert Stanger Aka Camo man

Highest recommendation

Mike is a fantastic teacher and got every single one of us ready to take the stage in a matter of weeks. If you’ve always been thinking about doing it, theres no better way to… Read more “Highest recommendation”

Roei Samuel

What a buzz!

Having just completed this course, I am still on a high, I wanna sign up immediately for the next one. If only my school teachers had taught using comedy, I might have learned a lot… Read more “What a buzz!”

Ros Hale

Best thing I’ve done with my life

Mike has become like a second father to me, in so much as I only see him for a few hours on a Sunday. Unlike my dad Mike turns up sober and dispences good advice.… Read more “Best thing I’ve done with my life”

Tom Pike

All round Top Bloke

Really is a great 8 weeks; gets you on stage from the get-go, tweaks and tweaks and has you absolutely ready to go for the final show – which is just an unreal experience! Mike’s… Read more “All round Top Bloke”

Sam Fretten

Brilliant adventure for newcomers to the comedy circuit

I’ve tremendously benefitted from Mike Gunn’s wisdom and learning from him to make my jokes punchier. Mike is very personable and quick to realise what is your essential detail that you need to work on,… Read more “Brilliant adventure for newcomers to the comedy circuit”

Gordana Micic

Learning from the best!

Mike is a fantastic comedian and a brilliant teacher – he gives great advice, pushes you to get out of your comfort zone, and instills confidence in even the most nervous of performers! No matter… Read more “Learning from the best!”

Jenn Perry

And he cures cancer

Just completed an 8 week stand up course and performance night with Mike for Cancer Research UK. I was massively nervous about taking on the challenge and Mike was really good at putting people at… Read more “And he cures cancer”

Steven Gauge

Great teacher and a legend

Mike is a great teacher and will be completely honest with you if you are shite but will do it in a completely supportive way and get you to build your confidence to be able… Read more “Great teacher and a legend”

Ben Lerigo

Great course!

Great course with a great teacher. Gave very direct with feedback which is what you need. Created a very relaxed environment which is perfect for newbies. Would definitely recommend

Merry Martyn

Mike is just amazing

I went on an Ultra course he taught, and with him being one of the best stand-ups in the country I assumed I’d be onto a winner. I was not disappointed, this guy is the… Read more “Mike is just amazing”

Terry Crisp

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Jason Bains
Jason Bains
A great teacher, Gave me the tools i needed. And i would Highly recommend this course to anyone starting out in Stand... more
Craig Bull
Craig Bull
If you’re thinking of becoming a comedian then this course will genuinely change your life! Mike gets you feeling... comfortable on stage from the very first day. As the course progresses, Mike gives you friendly and honest feedback on your jokes and helps bring out your own unique comedy voice. The course culminates with a showcase event at the world famous comedy store, but having spent the previous six weeks there, every single one of us felt comfortable on stage and performed hilarious sets to a sell our crowd. Now the course has finished, I’ve made a great bunch of mates and we are all out performing regularly on the open mic circuit. Mike has kept in touch with us and continues to provide support and advice. I wouldn’t book any other course!read more
Seif Borin
Seif Borin
A brilliant experience. By the end of the course we all performed, fairly comfortably, in front of a large crowd and to... the sound of laughter no less, a testament to Mike’s ability as a teacher. He gave us the confidence to perform on stage and, during the course, provided a lot of constructive feedback to help us refine our jokes and punchlines. I would absolutely recommend this course. Mike’s also a funny f**ker, which helps. 👍read more
Mark Flynn
Mark Flynn
Mike's comedy course is the best thing I've ever done for myself, Mike very quickly helps you find your own way of... being funny rather than moulding you into his version. His friendly but direct feedback quickly gets you to a point that after just 3 weeks I was able to go out on open mics, by the end of the course and the showcase at the Comedy Store we all got consistent laughs throughout our sets, cannot reccomend Mike and his course enough. I didn't think you could teach someone to be funny but Mike can and more
Jason Ve
Jason Ve
Really great course . Mike is a brilliant teacher, great tips from someone who is out there doing gigs all the time ... and you get excellent feedback on your jokes as to whether they work or not .. very direct 😃.. which is exactly what you want . Very supportive .. an excellent experience all round .. culminating with the gig at the world famous London. comedy store ... which is well ..rather amazing .. if you thinking about this course .. just do it .. highly recommendedread more
Shaun Spurdens
Shaun Spurdens
Mike had us crying with laughter. The support acts were decent, but Mike had us all laughing non stop throughout his set
Brendan Weekes
Brendan Weekes
Mike runs a great beginners class in the Comedy Store - a perfect setting with an experienced and wise teacher.
Russell Heywood
Russell Heywood
Mike gives valuable direct feedback within a supportive atmosphere. An enjoyable six weeks and the final show was... something very special for more
Kenneth Moore
Kenneth Moore
Why can’t yes just be enough?
Gemma Barrett
Gemma Barrett
A huge Thankyou to Mike - Genuinely insightful, creates a fantastic atmosphere and also happens to be rather funny.... Thoroughly recommend!read more
Merry Red
Merry Red
Fantastic teacher! Created a very relaxed environment for newbies to stand up, and gave very direct feedback which was... incredibly helpful. Would definitely recommendread more
Melissa Jacob
Melissa Jacob
I cannot recommend Mike’s course enough! After 8 weeks of classes and laughs, I can confidently say that I’ve gone from... obsessively watching standup to actually performing a stand up comedy routine. Mike is very knowledgeable and he really pushes you to try and learn by doing - which is by far the best way I’ve learnt anything! Thank you, more
Grace Viccary
Grace Viccary
What a ride we had for the last 8 weeks with Mike Gunn, Very clear teaching, great fun, funny guy, took us through the... steps to do a 5 minute set at the end of our course, and not one of us failed. Couldn't reccomend highly more
Lucas Nutkins
Lucas Nutkins
A darkly funny man and a great teacher - it was a pleasure being mentored by Mike over the last 8 weeks in the run up... to my first ever (moderately successful) stand up gig. I cannot recommend him more
Oli Shilling
Oli Shilling
Just completed 8 weeks of training with Mike. Feel very privileged to have learnt from him, he has tons of experience.... Gives great support and feedback, across lots of different styles of comic. Obviously, he's also very funny to be around and learn from. Thanks a lot Mike, it's been a great more
Jenn Perry
Jenn Perry
Mike is a fantastic teacher - supportive, honest and incredibly knowledgeable. Would highly recommend to anyone that... wants to take the plunge into stand up comedy, Mike's classes are excellent and great fun!read more
Daniel Morris
Daniel Morris
Just finished Mikes Beginners Comedy Course, had a great 6 weeks of friendly fun classes, then one of the best days of... my life, performing on stage at the comedy store! Listen to Mike, up your comedy game whatever your more
Suzie Kennedy
Suzie Kennedy
If you have always watched stand up and thought , I could do that, get on one of Mike Gunns courses . He will get your... straight up and on stage , take you through the process of an identity , your stage presence and helping you put form to your jokes . He is honest but kind and in those 6 weeks if you listen and take advice will turn you into a stand up with a 5 minute set you can then use to start your journey into comedy by having a set for open mic nights Can’t recommend enough. And if you don’t want a career as a stand up the course is still worth doing for a confidence booster , great fun and awesome peopleread more
Tiffany Trethowan
Tiffany Trethowan
Beginners’ Comedy Course with Mike Gunn Mikes undeniable expertise and charisma make you feel at ease instantly. He... encourages you to get up on stage straight away which increases your stage presence tenfold. Comedy Store - ‘a serious night out.’ If you take the course seriously, there is a chance others will too, as it’s great for your experience and comedy portfolio. If you’re doing it to try something new, a confidence boost etc. It’s an unforgettable experience that not many can say they’ve done! As soon as I saw Mike was running the course and the showcase was at The Comedy Store, it was a no more
Arthur Mitchell
Arthur Mitchell
I recently did Mike's comedy course at The Comedy Store, London which I enjoyed immensely and found highly instructive.... Apart from being a great teacher who gives useful feedback, he also happens to be very more
Jen Smith
Jen Smith
This is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Genuinely life-changing. Mike is such a fantastic teacher. He gives... completely honest feedback, but in a way that you really appreciate. Take everything he says on board, and you’ll definitely improve. On a practical level, Mike also teaches you the vital stuff to knock out the bad habits you could spend years not knowing you were doing. I feel like a different person after this experience. It changes your mindset. I’ve met some amazing people and achieved something really special. Performing in The Comedy Store is such an honour, and something I’ll never forget. Don’t listen to the naysayers... Comedy can definitely be taught, and Mike’s the guy to teach it! Thanks for everything, Mike. I’ll take your lessons with me, and try not to let you down in public now! 😂read more
Indi Madray
Indi Madray
Worth every penny and then some... if you're going to do a Comedy Course do it at the heart of UK's Stand-Up... scene...the Iconic Comedy Store with Mike Gunn. ( The entire staff team were so kind n supportive throughout my time there(. Mike is a subtle genius and a Master of Stand-up, who took 11 "Average" people and turned us all into Stand-up Artists in 6 weeks. All his tips and advice paid off in the Final Showcase as we played to a nearly packed audience 😱, but the feedback from my hardcore freinds /family, was thrilling coz they don't give praise easily. An added bonus, Mike MC'd the Show and his entire performance was a privellige to watch AND an Education in exactly how Stand-up is done. If you can, then learn from the best...i feel like I've Thrown myself i in at the deep end but i definitely left the Comedy Store feeling ready to go for it on the Comedy Scene, thanks to Mike Gunn and the lovely staff at the Comedy Store !!!read more
Rupert Cade
Rupert Cade
I’ve just finished Mike’s Beginners Comedy Course. It was fantastic, to go from having less than no clue to performing... to over 170 people at the Comedy Store was an experience I will never forget. Naturally nervous at the start, Mike throws you straight in so that being on stage becomes second nature. After a number of exercises over the first couple of weeks you quickly progress to doing your own material. For me this was where Mike’s experience really shone. Swap this word for this, switch the order around like this etc made all the difference when it came to our performances. Listening to his feedback to the others on the course was as valuable as my direct feedback. Since the performance I’ve had numerous comments saying the standard was way better than people expected and actually better than some comedy people have paid to see. Yes, we all put some effort in but really this is testament to Mike. I had no interest in pursuing comedy after the course but did it as I felt it would be a great thing to have done and for personal development. It was so good I might just brave the stage again. On top of that I have also made some lovely new friends. I couldn’t recommend the course more, no matter your motivations. I also think it represents amazing value for money. And if the course isn’t for you make sure you go and see Mike live. He is a very funny man. Thank you more
Karl Wheeldon
Karl Wheeldon
A brilliant set at Ashby funhouse comedy club 🤣🤣🤣😂😂👍👍
Claire Bear
Claire Bear
What a legend, Mike encouraged and supported the whole group and helped us each find our individual funny, with comic... wisdom and sound advice couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you Mike 😂read more
Sam Uel
Sam Uel
Trained me to perform a stand up routine and was very supportive and gave great feedback to help put on the best set I... could do. Cheers Mikeread more
Barbara Pamela
Barbara Pamela
Mike tells it how it is. However, he always has sound advice and detailed suggestions how to improve your act. Great... teacher! Thank you for your honesty and guidance! 😀read more
Amanda Ritchie
Amanda Ritchie
Mike is a great teacher. His experience and knowledge of comedy is exceptional. His ability to put his students at ease... with honest and constructive feedback is spot on. And his absolutely hilarious.. love working with his more
Amrit Depala
Amrit Depala
Very direct and blunt but that's exactly what we all needed👍🏽 Thanks Mike🙏🏾
Sam Ford
Sam Ford
Fantastic teacher. Just the right combination of brutal honesty and kind encouragement!
Emma Spreadbury
Emma Spreadbury
This year I took part in Mike Gunn’s Beginner’s Comedy Course at the Comedy Store, London and it was genuinely one of... the best experiences I’ve had. Mike gets you up on stage and performing straight away which might sound daunting but there really is no better way to get going. You start with basic skills and techniques (which seem simple when you know them but could take a long time to work out on your own) and build up to writing and performing your own material. Mike creates a very supportive environment that allows you to try things out and gives detailed, constructive feedback to help you craft your 5 minute set. If stand-up is something you’ve always fancied having a go at, I can’t think of a better way to start than with such an awesome a teacher as more
Coby Bull
Coby Bull
Just completed Mike Gunn’s comedy class. What an amazing experience! During the six week course at the world famous... comedy store Mike showed us how to structure and then deliver the perfect set. An incredible experience working with the funniest comedian in the business, highly recommendedread more
Neil Strangward
Neil Strangward
I’ve just completed Beginners’ Comedy Course with Mike Gunn. It was six Sundays of learning stand up from the great... @MikeGunn1 which culminated in a group performance at the iconic Comedy Store in London on 24 February. Mike Gunn is a brilliant comedian. He’s a regular at the Comedy Store, has appeared on Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Live At The Apollo and much more. His vast experience is used in his ‘just get up and do it’ style of teaching. None of us had done a minute of stand up before. But we all went out with the confidence and skills Mike gave us and put on a hell of a show to a packed Comedy Store. I’m still buzzing from the experience Personally I’ve been bitten by the bug and intend to do some open mic shows. But the course is well worth it as an end in itself. Neil Strangwardread more
Hutchinson Michelle
Hutchinson Michelle
His deadpan wit and timing are spot on.
Karen Preece
Karen Preece
extremely funny guy just love him xxx
Jannie Jack
Jannie Jack
Always a great headliner ..wonderful stage presence and quality gags. One of the best.
David Hadingham
David Hadingham
Mike is real funny, he tells it like it is!
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