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Laughing Horse Comedy and Comedy Point offer a series of highly rated comedy courses to learn or improve stand-up comedy performance - aimed at all people looking to start-up or gain further experience in stand-up comedy, and also for businesses to use stand-up comedy as part of their employee development.

We offer a unique intensive  two day course, held over the weekends in London or Brighton, and also midweek during the Edinburgh Fringe - offering newcomers the chance to learn the basics, and get up on strange and perform for a first or early gig.  Ideal for the comedy newcomer as the course is good value for those not wanting to commit the time or money to a longer course, to see if stand-up comedy is for you.

We also offer our a longer, more in-depth advanced course aimed at comics who are stepping up to longer sets and developing their material further.

We also offer Personal Tuition sessions for newcomers and comedians, as well as on-going support from professional comedians.

THREE WEEKS REVIEW (2 Day Course at the Edinburgh Fringe): "This course has to be one of the best on offer. The students, including a policeman and a Dutch porn addict (if his act is to be believed), had all travelled into Edinburgh especially for the course. Notable was the relaxed and uncompetitive atmosphere, in no small part down to Kevin, who focused on helping each participant to find a personal style, coached them on how to edit their material and explained how not to fall out with comperes (particularly by not bumping into them on their way on and off the stage). The course culminated in impressive performances that night at a Free Festival venue with radically improved acts... Everyone seemed delighted with the experience. Highly recommended"

All of our courses have been running for several years now, many of our graduates progressing to become full-time stand-ups, competition finalists and be signed by agents - Imran Yusuf completed one of our courses and is now a Edinburgh Award Nominee with a national tour and TV appearances under his belt; Nat Luurtsema, only a year after her beginners course was signed by Avalon, the UK's biggest stand-up agency and is now performing stand-up full time - and there are many more.

All of our courses (except the advanced comedy course) are suitable for complete novices, along with new stand-ups wishing to hone their skills. Over the last few years a number of presenters and actors have also taken these courses, and found them useful for increasing their range of performance skills, and helping with stage-manner and performance skills.

Each course offers time with a tutor, practice sessions and the opportunity of taking part in a series of open spots either across the Laughing Horse's London Comedy clubs, or at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Review of 'Trying 2B Funny' at the Edinburgh Fringe - all of the students had completed a 2 day Laughing Horse Comedy course with Jay Sodagar prior to the Fringe, and all teenagers with no previous comedy experience: "Let's not lie. The title of this show is in no way comforting. As Michael our first teenage comic pointed out, trying to be funny indicates that these kids aren't funny. Which is very far from the truth. They were 100% hilarious. Heatham House is a youth centre for children in Twickenham and surrounding areas, and boy has it done these kids proud. There were a couple of blunders, and not every gag went down well, but I laughed all the way through. Special mention has to go to Esther, rightly the headline act. She was a natural comic, in a way that was refreshing. This was serious talent, watch them now or pay for it later. " - THREE WEEKS

The courses are led by experienced comedy teachers Jay Sodagar (Comedian, and Comedy School Comedy Tutor), Lewis Bryan (Comedian, Compere and Comedy Tutor), Kevin McCarron (Comedian, Compere, Comedy promoter and University or Surrey and comedy Tutor/Lecturer), Jojo Sutherland (Comedy Tutor, actress and comedian) and Rick Kiesewetter (comedian and comedy trainer) - for more information in the tutors, click here.

All of our courses can be packaged to be run at other comedy venues or locations, and if you have a comedy venue or festival that would benefit from comedy courses, please email us on admin@laughinghorse.co.uk to discuss details.

Comedy Course as a Gift - a unique Christmas or Birthday present

You can now buy a voucher for our courses - why not give a comedy course as a unique present to someone for their birthday or Christmas? Click here for more details.

Comedy courses, and comedy training for use in business development and personal training

We can put together training, or comedy activities as part of your employee or business development, or as part of fun staff days. Click here for more details.


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