You hear it all the time……that you’re the funniest one in the office, the life of the party, that you should be a stand-up comic. Well now The Comedy Store is giving you a unique opportunity to become just that.
Back by popular demand, we’ll be running a 6 week course to teach you everything you need to know about the art of stand up. You’ll learn how to deliver precision punchlines, engage audiences and strike down hecklers like a true professional. Your teacher and mentor on this journey will be circuit veteran and McIntyre’s Roadshow alumni Mike Gunn who has seen it all in his 20+ years as a stand up. With his vast stage experience, Mike will be able to help you hone your timing, perfect your mic technique and teach you the secrets of constructing hilarious jokes & stories.
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. The course ends with a showcase at The Comedy Store, open to the public, where each student performs five minutes in front of an audience. Students will also be given 20 tickets to the final event….either to give to family and friends, or even to sell! That’s right…..you could sell tickets to the final for £12.50 and recoup the whole cost of the course.
So what are you waiting for? You’ve always thought you were funny and now’s the chance to prove it. Greatness awaits……
Next Course Starts JANUARY 2020
(Sessions run on Sundays 11:30am to 1:30pm, unless otherwise stated)
LIVE SHOWCASE (open to the public)
23rd February 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Don’t just take Mike’s word that he’s a fantastic teacher, below is some feedback from previous graduates
Too many of us stop ourselves from trying because we might fail, failing is ok – none of us could get the punch line right on week one and we all ended up with 5 mins of material that made everyone laugh. If we hadn’t been brave enough to take that plunge we would never have known our potential. Read More
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 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… Read more “Increases your stage presence tenfold”
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 their ease and giving us really useful practical tips and techniques for delivering a professional looking act. For this Cancer Research UK project he worked with a massive group and was really good at giving everyone the support and feedback they needed. He helped us all to find our individual voice and comedy persona and gave us some really good pointers for developing new gags… Read more “and he cures cancer”
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 up your comedy game, whatever level you are.
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 cofident manner which makes you confortable but able to take note and take in all his advice. He makes it look it easy.
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 a different opinion, comedy had been taught. Mike can explain why a joke is funny, isn’t funny and will suggest different angles for you to try for next weeks practice. I learned new techniques for writing and discovered a voice I wanted for my comedy. Mike possesses what I consider the most valuable traits for what makes the ideal teacher. He’s knowledgable, has a passion… Read more “A fantastic experience”
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.
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 get onto the open mic circuit than taking this course.
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 more. Mike Gunn is a comedy legend, and he was super generous with his time too, this was by far the best experience I’ve ever had, forget bungee jumping, try doing a 5 minute stand up set to end the course, the most exhilarating thing ever. Mike is brutally honest and you’ll get a real insight to the comedy world. I just wanted to feel… Read more “What a buzz!”
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. It’s brilliant watching this master at work, and learning a craft that all to many other courses seem to rush through.
Mike gets you up on stage and learning the ropes straight away, and gives you an appreceation of Stand up that I never had before.
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 approach is ideal; he’s dishes out advise exactly when needed and most impressive of all somehow manages to get his teachings across to everyone; even the more “challenging” members of the group. Of which most are. Would highly recommend both Mike and the course. Brilliant experience.
Brilliant adventure for newcomers to 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, both with comedy material and stage presence. He makes hard work fun which was most important for me. He makes great effort to offer constructive feedback, honest and transparent, on every relevant detail from your performance which is so valuable. Thank you, Mike, for this fabulous course. After one year in comedy I finally feel settled and confident in my own skills as a comedian.
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 what your levels of experience and confidence, Mike will be able to help you refine your material and bring out the best in your set. Couldn’t recommend his course highly enough! Thanks for a fantastic eight weeks.
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 to preform! Highly recommend him?
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
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 most nurturing man I’ve ever met. And he’s funny as hell too.
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 the event itself and it was a great night out for my friends that came along. As well as doing the course for myself and helping me gain confidence on stage as a comedian it has introduced me to a fantastic group of people that were my fellow students of whom I am very grateful to have met. If you’re reading this sitting on the… Read more “Thoroughly enjoyable”
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. He breaks it down into ways you can easily understand and his teaching methods helped every single person on the course…no comedian left behind. Also always willing to listen to any concerns you might have and give you some one on one advice before and after class. 10/10 would definitely recommend
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 in front of a room of people. I think for sure he was at his most helpful when being to explain (without being a dick haha ?) why a joke wasn’t working and what you can do to switch it up which brought a whole new perspective. Would thoroughly recommend working with him!
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 personal, constructive notes he gives will help you get better and better. His extensive experience in comedy becomes apparent as soon as he starts teaching. Whether you’re dyslexic, autistic or whether you reckon you just have nothing to say, Mike’s got ya back. Thanks Mike!! x
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 I performed a full set I had written myself in front of 350+ people at the Backyard Comedy Club. It is also worth taking into account I had to miss 2 sessions, so within 6 weeks Mike took me from a bumbling mess to a stand up comic. He is not about theory or telling you what to do – the best thing he did… Read more “Best thing I have ever done”
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 & fun environment to figure out what is funny, makes you funny and hone it all into an act. He helps you find your unique voice and get you match fit for performance. If you’re scared about giving it a go, I can’t recommend Mike’s course highly enough – he’s a legend!
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 of their ability at the final performance despite us all being a bag of nerves just a week or so earlier. Can’t recommend enough.
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 x
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!!
A true master in the business
You will learn invaluable techniques from a true master in the business…