Using comedy
for a serious purpose


Laughing Matters uses the creative process of writing humorous material, developing confidence, positive audience feedback, harnessing negative energy into positive output.

Our core offering is a course of four comedy based workshops (each lasting around two hours in length). These sessions are currently held at one location in Nottingham but as we expand we plan to hold these sessions at a number of different venues throughout the East Midlands in order to reach as many individuals in need as possible. Our courses are free at the point of use for our service users.

Brief Programme Overview

  • Week 1: Introduction and idea generation exercises
  • Week 2: Writing comedic material and stage presence
  • Week 3: Testing material and routines out/ ‘Tips of the trade’
  • Week 4: Show preparation and last minute amendments

Week 4: Show performance (this takes place after the final two hour session)


These workshops are supplemented by drop in sessions to maintain group contact and support. Course participants can also contact the Workshop Coordinator between sessions by phone or email should they want to talk over their material or ask questions about their routine.

The aim of the sessions is to help increase confidence and self-esteem using comedy. Taking part in a new activity can be part of the process of facing and meeting small challenges; small steps that result in facing bigger challenges in people’s lives.

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