BBC offers free comedy workshops | Zoom sessions this weekend

BBC offers free comedy workshops

Zoom sessions this weekend

The BBC is running a series of free comedy workshops on Zoom this weekend. 

The sessions are all part of the Corporation’s Upload Festival, giving tips on how to get ahead in the creative field.

The four sessions specifically geared to comedy  are: 


1pm: Get Seen As A  Stand-Up with Mark Olver (pictured) Priya Hall & Runi Talwar

Or, getting into comedy when you’re not a straight white male! Olver has more than 20 years’ experience in stand-up, as well as writing on shows such as The Last Leg and hosting the warm-up for programmes such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats. Priya Hall and Runi Talwar are two up-and-coming stand-ups.

4pm: Creating Brilliant Digital Content with Holly Hall

Want to start creating content for YouTube, Instagram, TikTok etc but don’t know where to start? The BBC New Comedy Award’s Digital Comedian of the Year 2021 Holly Hall is here with tips on how to begin. She has appeared on the Last Leg, performs regularly on the improv comedy circuit and is taking her first solo character comedy show to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer.


1pm: Getting Started in Stand-Up with Mark Olver, Laura Lexx & Molly McGuinness

Expert advice for budding comedians in all areas of stand-up comedy. How to get that first gig, tips for becoming a great compere, how to approach promoters and even advice on running your own event.  Laura Lexx has performed on shows such as Live At The Apollo & Mock The Week and Molly McGuiness was a BBC New Comedy Award 2021 finalist.

4pm: Getting Yourself A Comedy Agent

Landing yourself an agent is a big milestone as a working stand-up comedian, but how do you get to that point? Chris Lander, an agent from Blue Book Artist Management will be joined by comedians Anna Thomas, Vittorio Angelone, Diona Doherty and Finlay Christie to discuss their journeys from starting out in stand-up to being represented by an agency.

Published: 17 Jun 2022

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