Comedy Improvisation: Commanding Your Audience | Goldsmiths University

Wed Nov 06 2019 at 06:30 pm to Wed Dec 11 2019 at 09:00 pm
Goldsmiths University, New Cross, London, United Kingdom

Goldsmiths University, New Cross, London, United Kingdom

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Uncover your funny side while becoming more confident, creative and collaborative. Comedy improvisation is about being present in the moment, listening carefully and contributing freely. Above all, it is about being open to and accepting of new situations and possibilities. Such core comedic skills are directly transferrable to personal, social and workplace contexts. This six-week course introduces you to the key principles underpinning comedy improvisation while creating a more confident you.

It’s common to want to be less nervous when handling unfamiliar situations or to be more creative when put on the spot. This course is designed to train you to think on your feet while having a great time exploring your own comic potential. In six weeks, you’ll increase your confidence, improve your body language and become more positive, across a range of different situations. We’ll introduce you to the key principles underpinning improvisation, while undertaking a series of informative, engaging and fun exercises in class. The course has been taken in the past by those from a variety of different backgrounds, including creatives (writers, actors, artists, model-makers and coders), analysts (accountants, big business management), and undergraduate and postgraduate students (MA and PhD students of all ages and subjects). 

The course draws on a range of methodologies and academic theories, including North American psychologist Albert Bandura’s research on self-efficacy and agency, and Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s flow theory and autotelic enjoyment ideology. These academic theories are combined to produce an atmosphere in class which encourages both individuals and groups to meet their best potential. There is a strong investment in safe space during class, the wisdom being that it is always easier to be funny and confident when in a trusted environment with a trusted group. The overall aim is to create a balance between enjoyment and learning, providing you with improvisational skills that you can take into your everyday life. The class will create and maintain this balance, between optimal fun and minimal risk, ensuring you feel more playful, more empowered, and more funny.

The course is taken by those from a range of different backgrounds, including those for whom English is a second language. 
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