How to Structure a Comedy Show


with Martin Willis

Tuesday 15th March

7 – 9pm

Location: Online

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How To Structure a Comedy Show

with Martin Willis


Are you building an hour of stand-up, musical, clown or sketch comedy? Perhaps facing the Fringe for the first time? Do you worry about pacing, rhythm, audience engagement, story arcs or callbacks? This may just be the workshop for you.
With detailed reference to a handful of shows you can access publicly, this workshop aims to equip you with knowledge and critical awareness of show structure, to enable you to ask the right questions of your material, and allow you to make difficult decisions about the very serious matter of being silly. Whether you’ve been smashing out 20s in clubs, are new and writing towards your first hour, or have built a healthy stock of material but don’t know where to put it all, there’s plenty to gather in this workshop.


Tuesday 15th March

Time: 7 – 9pm

Where: Online


About Martis:


Martin Willis is variably a dramaturg, director, producer, and stand-up comedian. In 2017 while comedy programmer at The Albany on Great Portland Street, he founded Objectively Funny, which soon got dubbed by the Guardian as “the art form’s cutting edge” for the 42-show festival it ran after the Fringe. Since then, he has programmed and run two more festivals, produced a dozen shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and six at Soho Theatre, and worked as a director and dramaturg on a number of projects. Most recently Objectively Funny have run mental health programmes for people at the Fringe and during lockdown, with the Guardian (again) saying in 2019 of the company’s “compassionate approach to creating shows.” He has also created four hour-long shows himself, three as half of double act Loose Brie, and one solo stand-up hour.



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