Tag: comedy

  • 5 Tips to Bring Comedy to Your Improv

    5 Tips to Bring Comedy to Your Improv

    Five practical tips for being funny and improvising well. As recently shared while teaching ‘Comedy for Actors’ for Spotlight, improv is a really useful tool – whether trying to be funny or get booked. Oddly, to be funny, you don’t actually have to try. Don’t try to be funny, sexy, or clever – because you…

  • Comedy and Social Media: Jonny Weldon’s Acting Story

    Comedy and Social Media: Jonny Weldon’s Acting Story

    In this episode of the Spotlight Podcast, we chat to actor and comedian Jonny Weldon about auditions, comedy, making your own work and social media. Spotlight member Jonny Weldon is an actor, writer, comedian, and content creator who has performed on stage and screen from a young age. He can be seen in Sneakerhead, Stath Lets Flats,…

  • Making and Performing Comedic Work with Dave Hearn from Mischief Theatre

    Making and Performing Comedic Work with Dave Hearn from Mischief Theatre

    In this episode of the Spotlight Podcast, we speak to Dave Hearn, actor and co-founder of Olivier Award winning theatre company, Mischief Theatre. We discuss Dave’s journey with Mischief Theatre, from the early days of performing in rooms above pubs, right through to the West End transfers and TV commissions that followed. 54 minute listen…

  • How to Get Gigs: Tips for Aspiring Comedians

    How to Get Gigs: Tips for Aspiring Comedians

    Maureen Younger offers her advice for budding comedians on how to secure gigs and get your start on the comedy scene In the old days, you’d buy a copy of Time Out, scan the Comedy pages, and ring up those listings looking for ‘interested acts’ to give them a call. Now, of course, it’s all…

  • How to Develop a Comedy Persona

    How to Develop a Comedy Persona

    Where actors are required to put on a new character with every role, performing standup is all about developing a single consistent ‘persona’ to adopt and grow each time you take to the stage. Developing your comedy persona is the lynchpin to becoming a good comedian. In short, it is learning how to be you…

  • How Acting Can Get You Started In Comedy

    How Acting Can Get You Started In Comedy

    How your acting skills give you a head start as a comedian! When I started stand up, I’d been to just the one comedy gig and had no idea about the circuit. Egged on by an acquaintance, I attended a course at The Actors Centre, at the end of which I had to perform 5 minutes…