The Comedy Trust - Feeling Funny Comedy Courses


Courses in writing and performing your own comedy routine, aimed at men, including those who have had mental health issues.

Laughter is the best medicine or at least that’s what they say! If you want to test out the theory and fancy having a go at stand-up comedy then our Feeling Funny course might be just the thing for you.

Over six weekly sessions, professional stand-up comedian Sam Avery will teach you the skills to write and perform your own comedy routine which will then culminate in a final showcase performance in front of a live audience. These unique comedy courses have been designed to give you an opportunity to tackle the subject of mental health in a light hearted way and in the process will help to improve your mental wellbeing.  

Feeling Funny courses also aim to:

  • Increase your confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Improve your mental wellbeing
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Provide a social opportunity for you to meet new people
  • Help break down the stigma of mental health being an off limits subject for men

There are 15 places available for the course so to book a place &/or to find out more please contact Helen Holden, Project Manager.

Service Details

The Comedy Trust
Service Type:
What groups of people is this for?:
The general public
What age groups is this for?:
Anyone 18 or over
What areas of the city is this for?:
People from anywhere in the city
How can I access this service?:
Self-refer by telephone or email. We are looking to attract people both with and without lived experience mental health issues. We are happy to accept someone who is still experiencing a mild to moderate mental illness and feels they are in a place where they would be able to commit to the majority of the regular weekly sessions.
Who can refer me to this service?:
We would accept referrals/enquiries on behalf of an individual from a third party such as GPs, support agencies etc but we would need the person in question to feel confident enough to attend the courses independently and be happy to work as part of a group.
When is this activity on?:
Tuesday 15 August - 26 September 2017, 6 - 8pm
How much will it cost me?:
What should I expect?:
The comedy courses will be led by Sam Avery a local stand-up comedian and Director of The Comedy Trust. There will also be experienced support staff who will attend to sessions to ensure you feel welcomed and supported throughout the process. The courses are friendly and non-judgemental and during the first session you will be guided through what is expected over the coming weeks. You will meet the other course participants and there will be some activities planned to allow you to get to know each other. There will be opportunity for you to ask any questions and we will also be evaluating how each of you find the course so we can provide evidence to the funders if there has been any positive impact on your wellbeing.
What should I bring with me?:
You won’t need to bring anything with you. You will be provided with a notebook and pen so you can keep a record of any ideas or notes you make during the sessions.
Can I bring someone with me?:
Ideally we would prefer it if you attended the courses on your own as we may only be able to accommodate 15 people in the space. If there is an exceptional reason why you would need to bring someone with you this would need to be discussed and agreed in advance.
DBS checks:
All staff are DBS checked
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Contact Details

Contact Name:
Helen Holden, Project Manager
07593 042930
0151 702 5893