Stand Up Comedy Weekly Workshop for Beginners/ New Material

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You think you're funny? Are you up for a challenge?
And get out of your comfort zone, be silly, get creative, laugh a lot among a group of like-minded people, be stupidly and happily yourself.. while guided by the awesome comedy coach and brilliant facilitator Ciaran .... You're in luck, it's time to REGISTER for his next WORKSHOP!

I've done it In January/February and have been weekly live performing (yes not only in my toilet) since the end of February and I Love it !!!!!
This workshop helped me to be more confident, to get lots of feedback from others, advice from Ciaran and the Team bond we created is absolutely priceless ! I wouldn't be so FULL ON if that wasn't for this workshop, the fab bunch of people I met and continual support from Ciaran

REGISTER NOW, it starts on Thursday 13th September 2018 - Pascale...

Hello there,
Ciaran here, I am putting together a group of 6 weekly Thursday workshops once a week, Dublin City Centre - Dates just confirmed - September 13th,20th, 27th, Oct 4th, 11th, 18th.

6-9pm Thursdays from Sept 13th.
Deposit - 80€
Balance due on first day of course.

This workshop is ideally geared for two kinds of people. The people that have never done stand up comedy before and have always wanted to. The course builds your confidence with careful exercises designed to write and create plenty of material to choose from while also developing your personality and confidence to deliver a structured set that comes across unified as you. Comedians who have done stand up and are hitting ‘ second album blues’ where they are tired of their sets or stage persona and would love to be rejuvinated in writing and performing new material.

Each benefit from the enthusiasm and experience the other provides and the classes are orientated not from the ‘guru’ up the front but rather they are peer orientated where the group all work on each others material making sure what is decided is best suited to that persons style and humour on stage.

This workshop:

  • Puts you and your material at the same level as someone doing weekly gigs for 6 months.
  • It polishes the material and gives you a very strong idea of what is expected from a stand up, hones your delivery and helps you deliver a solid 7 minute competition ready set.
  • It gives you strong guidance in writing, structuring and performing your material.
  • During the course of workshops you can easily produce up to 30 mins of material to choose from.

6 week workshop 250€ /180€ early bird per person

Thursday 13th
Thursday 20th
Thursday 27th


Thursday 4th
Thursday 11th
Thursday 18th
(Optional) 5 min Performance Sunday night Workmans Club - Wellington Quay

The LAB on Foley Street. Link address, parking information etc.


Please share if you know anyone who might be interested - thanks a million!

This will be a closed workshop - so we have time to progress through material and develop your skills and material.

Once a week for 6 weeks,

6 Progressive workshops, culminating in a live showcase where you do a 5-7min performance - (optional - for the chickens!) .

Only people committed to doing this for the 6 weeks need apply.
You must be available for all classes.

These small classes limited to no more than 10 so people get quality time and plenty of time to run through your new set.

Course Full Price: 250€ Early Bird: 180€

Course Description:

Ciaran will take you through the expectations and structure necessary to get you up and running with your first stand up set. A fun, dynamic and interactive workshop to reduce any fears and give you a good structure and mentality for getting on stage and performing for the first time, approaching it from energetic exercises and writing techniques each class identifies the necessary practice for writing, presenting and then performing your material, giving you a playful fun environment to give you the best attitude to overcome any fears and discover the fun in finding your voice through your funny bone.

Contact Ciaran and if you like the sound of it, you can sign up for the gentle 6 week workshop to perform a 5-7 minute stand up set at the end of the 6 weeks.

About the facilitator: Ciarán McMahon just completed a Train the Trainer Course in 2018, has a Masters Degree in Adult Education started teaching Stand Up Comedy Workshops and has since taught over 500 people stand up and improv comedy. Some do it for fun, some to overcome the fear of public speaking - others get hooked and are professional comedians now. Nearly every comedy gig in Dublin has someone who did Ciaran's workshops, be it stand ups, improvers, MC’s or club runners, many have been introduced to comedy through Ciarans' You Talk Funny’ comedy workshops.

Ciaran regularly performs weekly in Laughter Lines Improv Troupe, Monthly in the Workmans Club for the Splendid Lunatics Comedy Show and that is when he is not Mcing weekly or performing in various clubs like the

Sugar Club: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWMXYibNZWU&list=PLropKPCCQDcLhYO49_PJl0heKcVJqx3tZ&index=9
Hapenny Bridge Inn - Battle of the Axe, or Anseo, as well as abroad,

Munich https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DETdiMaN_yk&t=316s&index=9&list=PLropKPCCQDcLhYO49_PJl0heKcVJqx3tZ
, Prague and the

U.S. of A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5axipBaHOy0&t=366s&list=PLropKPCCQDcLhYO49_PJl0heKcVJqx3tZ&index=7

– Ciaran is off to Edinburgh Festival later this year to perform some improv and stand up too...

The guys from the last workshop are sharing this event, chuffed with what they are saying...

If you have ever thought about giving standup comedy a go or even if you’re just looking to try something new to push you outside of your comfort zone then DO this course!

I booked it on my first day back to work in 2018 and I have not looked back since...

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


I did the last course given by Ciarán. It was fab and I would highly recommend it. I have done 6 gigs already and have at least 2 more lined up. It was great craic too, so give it a lash. You don't have to plan on gigging after wards, just go along anyway. - Ita

You Tube Clips:

Ciaran at a story slam:

Some post gig interviews:


Tom - Showcase gig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icpcH9X-3nU
Tom's Post gig interview - Tom:

More Testimonials:
‘One of the best courses I have done, ever…’

...and I have been on a LOT of courses! Well done Ciarán ‘ - Louise – Actor/ Accountant

'... it was a mix of Ciaran's honesty and attention to the finer details in what you were trying to do. He obviously has an experienced comedy brain. But in my opinion he looked past what you were saying and was able to look and listen to what you were -trying to say, which is exactly what is needed to develop new material. I felt I didn't need to explain the direction I wanted to go, Ciaran clearly identified it quickly and spoke directly to my sense of humour.'

‘The floodgates opened and I haven’t stopped writing ever since...’
...I began to learn how to edit and shape and perform...
– Ita. Performer/ Tour Operator

‘I can't imagine a more supportive and step by step introduction, with a very experienced teacher who knows how to run a workshop...’
– John -English Teacher –
(John received Audience Voted Best Act- Battle of the Axe - 1st gig after the workshop 50 gigs done since February.)

The classes are really good value for money,
brilliant fun and improved my confidence a lot in a few short weeks.

I found Ciaran’s notes amazingly helpful. They got you thinking outside the box, and as I went through them, ideas were coming to me that I hadn’t thought of before.

Since I came into the workshop I have been thinking of new, funny things to write about and seeing the lighter side of everyday life. I feel much more confident in meetings at work too.
- Angela – Journalist

it's super fun & a great laugh ...2/3 hours of laughing your ass off for a few weeks ...just what the doctor ordered- Ciaran- Engineer

‘Brilliant introduction to stand-up comedy and comedy writing’
‘Great place to meet fun and interesting people ‘
‘Really good for confidence
– much more fun than any other drama courses I have done that were a lot more expensive.’

‘To reawaken a sense of playfulness in a busy life’
‘To meet a diverse and interesting group of people’
‘...was on a total high for the next couple of days after each workshop’

'The course was an excellent idea and was genuinely good fun. The atmosphere and positive environment created, actually made me seek the participants out to stay in contact with for the future. I'm not normally like that but Ciaran set a good platform for everyone to engage and bounce off one another'

'The intro prep for me was excellent, I had thought about it a lot previously and had realised that when I had watched other comics I had been paying attention to their journey to the stage and how they behaved before they spoke..but the workshop demonstrated to me the importance of an intro. I would recommend the course to anyone that has an interest in comedy..either starting out or a veteran.'

'Ciaran! Thanks again for last night. It was brilliant. Was buzzing after it! I'd highly recommend it. I like how you focused on how you open and close. I meant we had an achievable goal and also gave us a quick go at being on the mic! Your delivery was bang on, and the games were simple and removed any tensions or nerves...

Pm me or contact Ciaran on 0876609555

many thanks guys,


Facebook/ You talk funny

So sign up for the workshop and get in early, word travels fast when I do one of these and this will be the last one for 2018. So if you are interested in getting into stand up there could not be a better beginning. The guys and girls who did the January course have more than 100 gigs between them already and have gigged all over Ireland and some in England, Germany and NYC!

**Oh yeah – proud moment Danny O Brien in June 2018, who did my workshop maybe 6/7 years ago just supported Bill Burr in the 3 Arena in Dublin to a packed full house of over 10,000 people.

Many thanks for getting this far - still unsure? Good maybe you shouldn’t do it – or maybe,

you should...


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