After my first halting steps at The Stand Comedy Club’s Red Raw nights at the start of this year, I’ve made a little leaps forward in getting into the 2013 Fringe Comedy Academy, a summer school for budding comics run by The Stand and funded by Virgin Money.
Run by Stand legend Susan Morrison, it’s been a fantastic first two weeks – who knew there was so much involved in holding a microphone? Each week has two classes based around different themes, and in the middle we do five minutes of our material, repeated week after week, building into it what we’ve learnt. It’s extraordinarily well-run and well-thought out and is such a steep but exhilarating learning curve.
The course culminates in a show at The Stand on August 13. Tickets are £6 and can be booked here.