Comedy workshop is backed by Wordfest

Stand-up comedian, comedy trainer and humorous author Gerry Thompson on stage
Stand-up comedian, comedy trainer and humorous author Gerry Thompson on stage

COMEDIAN Gerry Thompson is running a workshop in Shoreham, to teach people how to be funny.

The comedy trainer and humorous author wants to show people how to create comedy in various formats and situations.

The hands-on workshop, which is supported by Shoreham Wordfest, will be run at St Mary’s Tutorial College, in St Mary’s Road, on Saturday, January 24, from 10am to 1pm.

Gerry, who runs learning and development training company Positive Comedy, said: “Creating Comedy is a workshop for writers, performers and people who would just like to be funny. This is a hands-on comedy workshop that I’m running in Shoreham, at a brand-new college.

“In this, you will have the opportunity to create comedy in your chosen format, whether it’s stand-up comedy for performance, writing scripted comedy, incorporating humour in fiction or non-fiction writing, giving a humorous speech at a wedding, or just wanting to be more confident at being funny.

“The number of places on this workshop is very limited in order to give plenty of individual attention to each participant.”

Gerry is a successful stand-up comedian, comedy trainer and humorous author whose books have sold almost half a million copies worldwide in 14 languages.

He is currently working on the forthcoming Financial Times book, Gamechangers, as co-author. The book will look at critical decisions by leading business figures and what can be learned from them.

For more information on the workshop, which costs £30, contact Mr Thompson on 07986 561 860 or visit the college’s www.stmarystutorialcollege.co.uk to book.

Other adult courses for spring include psychology, creative writing and French.

The college, which opened in September last year, also provides one-to-one tuition for GCSEs and A-levels.

Principal Diane Bray said: “St Mary’s is also offering a Preparation for University one-day course.

“The aim of this course is to give teenagers a foundation of what to expect and also provide some basic skills that will give them a head start.

“I am a firm believer in enabling students and I have a passion for teaching. I want students to do well.”