18th November 2023

MCing Open Mic Comedy with Alfie Noakes

MCing Open Mic Comedy with Alfie Noakes is an in-depth, in-person one-day workshop for those who want to step up their stand-up and learn some of the key skills of MCing, arguably the most important role at any gig

Book now on Eventbrite, then join us at Farr's School of Dancing in Dalston on 18th November 2023. You can also give this workshop as a gift.
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About this workshop

Workshop leader
Alfie Noakes
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What it is
The key focus of this friendly one day workshop is to give new(ish) comedians a clear understanding of the role of the comedy host, or MC, and bombard students with tips, tricks and techniques to obtain the most laughs and maintain the energy in the room. Keep the flow in the show!

Further, We Are Funny Project will strive to provide stage time to students so that aspects of what they have learned can be applied and practised.

The class is limited to only 10 people so everyone gets to "go up" twice in an unhurried fashion.

"Early Bird" Price of £80 is available until midnight Monday March 6th and then the price rises to £100 "Late Booker".
Who leads it
MC Alfie Noakes is the creator and promoter of the We Are Funny Project and has MCed well over 1000 gigs.

This workshop will provide the essential information as what is expected of an MC, best practices, pitfalls to avoid and how best to mine your comedy in this all essential role. Many of the skills and lessons also apply to public speaking outside of a comedy club.
New MCs won't typically be earning their stripes in a paid comedy club, but on the open mic circuit alongside other fresh talent and duties go far beyond simply saying who's up next...

The day will be part straight class and lecture, part performance and review with tailored advice for each and every attendee.
Matters of how to stay "in the room", house-keeping, crowd work, dealing with hecklers, having responsibility to the show, introducing acts, working in material and more are covered.

By understanding the role of the open mic MC, students will gain insight on what grass roots promoters look for (and also seek to avoid) best practice to gain stage time as an MC (and as an act) and quite simply get a handle on the community from a point of view that is not simply that of a performer running 5s and 10s. It's really rather illuminating stuff...

The final Q&A session will open the day up to asking about pretty much any issue you like. At least, so far as live comedy goes...

Private tutoring sessions are also available with all details at www.wearefunnyproject.com/coaching

Students have an option to purchase the online course "How To Be A Brilliant Stand-Up Comedy MC" to go along with this live workshop. The online course is priced at £140 alone, if taken with the live event then the price for both together is a bargain £180.


The online course will be made available to students at time of booking and can be followed before, during or after this live event.

See www.wearefunnyproject.com for more info and a taster of the course can also be found there as well as some samples here, on our YouTube channel.
What people say
"I did the MCing workshop - a densely packed highly valuable afternoon with everyone getting a chance to apply what they had learned and get feedback twice. Alfie is an excellent coach with the exact right balance of straight talk and encouragement. If you are thinking of MCing, this course will save you 2 years of trial an error. Can't recommend highly enough"

"Just completed Alfie’s MC event. A hell of a lot of information crammed into five hours. Any budding MC should really consider doing this course to learn about the do’s and don’ts of being a comedy MC"

"I did the MC workshop with Alfie and it was brilliant. I learnt so much about how to MC a gig. The chance to practice MCing in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment is a highlight of the workshop. Alfie really took the time to give everyone good, specific feedback about how they can individually improve. Highly recommend for anyone thinking of MCing!"

"Alfie runs the rarest of things - an open mic night that's great for comedians and punters alike. Always a great atmosphere and a nice place to perform. Would also really high recommend the comedy MCing workshop - I learnt a lot of practical tips and skills, and it was great value for money."
When it is
12pm to 5:30pm, 18th November 2023
where it is
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Farr's School of Dancing, 17-19 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF
How to get there
By train: Dalston Kingsland, Dalston Junction
By bus: 76, 141, 149, 242, 243, 276, 277, 488

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