Comedy and Improv Courses, since 2014


It’s great value for money and terribly fun. I did it earlier this year which is why I’m now a double award winning comedian.” – Tom

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Our graduates have: 

Become President of the Professional Speaking Association (UK)

Performed worldwide and at comedy festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe and Leicester Comedy Festivals

Won the current Leicester Square Theatre New Act Of The Year, Harrogate, Bath & Nottingham Comedy Festival New Acts Of The Year, winners of Circuit Breakers and Slaminutes.

Been finalists in many major competitions including Funny Women and Leicester Square New Act Of The Year.

Founded Super Trooper Improv and the White Coats. Become regulars with Murder Inc. and The Discount Comedy Checkout

Some of them haven’t done anything onstage since, but have a crack team of new friends, many happy memories, and a completely new string to their bow.

Deeper social proof? David Eagle, one of our graduates, (and a member of the BBC R2 Folk Award Winning The Young ‘Uns) walked away with the Nottingham Comedy Festival New Act of the Year title, (then Bath Comedy Festival New Act Of The Year) while on the same night another two, Sophie Walsh-Harrington and Harry May-Bedell made their debuts with Murder Inc, the Improvised Murder Mystery, with Kate McCabe and Jade Fearnley. Can’t grin wide enough! Charlie Hopkinson has millions of YouTube views, and is the current Harrogate Comedy Festival New Act of the Year, and was a finalist in the Leicester Square New Act of The Year. Several of our acts work professionally all over the UK and many more have set up nights around Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, North Wales and beyond. We had four semi-finalists in So You Think You’re Funny at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.

Six Monday nights in a row we make new friends, we socialise. We laugh A LOT.

We purposely limit places, aim for an equal balance of women and men, and are suitable for all ages from 16+ but there is light swearing on occasion.

“I’m so glad that I did it. Probably the best money I’ve ever spent. I’ve gained so much validation and confidence in myself.” – Rivka (Funny Women Award 2016 Finalist)

“You can’t underestimate how much your mental wellbeing and confidence is boosted by the joy of simply being daft for a few hours a week. It was a great help with work presentations – helping me to talk naturally to an audience means I don’t need to rely on powerpoint slides anymore. I got this as a gift, so technically was under duress, but I’d still massively recommend it.”  – Sean

“Silky’s comedy course completely exceeded my expectations. The fact that professional stand up comedians travelled two hours each way to attend the course gives an indication of the quality. Silky is extremely supportive, kind, generous, clever and funny. He is an outstanding teacher and gradually builds up your confidence week by week so that you feel fully prepared to do the 5 minute comedy routine at the end. I got my money’s worth after the first week, which blew me away.  I loved the course, loved the graduation and I feel like a different person (in a good way).  I definitely recommend this course to anyone who wishes to improve their confidence in public speaking and to find their funny.  I wish I could do it all again!”  –Liz

“The best fun you could ever have on a Monday night with people you didn’t previously know.. one of my lifetime highlights” – Phil

“Silky’s course is brilliant. His warm and gentle approach makes you work hard without realising and gets the best out of everyone. Best thing I’ve done this century!Julia

“Everyone should give this course a go, forget jokes, forget standup comedy, forget public speaking. Sign up and have a great few weeks making good friends, learning some more about yourself: build some confidence and have a bloody good laugh. Oh and you’ll also learn about jokes, stand-up comedy and public speaking. Highly Recommended Speedy Delivery A++++ would buy again.” The Hodge

“The course is fantastically good fun, I made some great new friends, had lots of laughs and I got back on stage for the first time in over twenty years. Money well spent I reckon.” – Trev

Looking for a challenge? Want to tick something off your bucket list? Gain confidence? To explore an entirely new side of your character? 

This is what you’re looking for. I won’t turn you into a fully-fledged stand up comedian, but we’ll work together towards writing and performing an original comedy routine.

Along the way I’ll show you:

How to find your voice.

How to write, develop and refine your own material, style, jokes and stories.

How to be more confident in public speaking.

…all while having a great deal of fun, and making new friends.

The courses are held at the Methodist Centre, Town StreetChapel Allerton, LS7 4NB. 7pm-9.30pm (ish), with the Comedy Course Graduation shows normally held at the Verve, 16 Merrion St, City Centre, Leeds LS1 6PQ. The Methodist Centre is readily accessible, but the Verve is not. An alternative venue is used for the graduation show if required.

“It was stimulating, challenging, invigorating and, above all, enjoyable. I’d recommend it for anybody who wants to re-awaken their brain” –Noel

If you are serious about learning how to do stand up, public speaking or just want to step outside of your box, then this course is THE course – and you’ll like it.” – Steve

“I had so much fun on Silky’s course. He really has created something special here. You will meet fantastic people who become your tribe – encouraging you to keep testing yourself and cheering you along, way after the course finishes. Boring people don’t take this course. Don’t be boring. Remember, laughter saves lives.” – Wendy

I can’t recommend the course highly enough for anyone who is starting out, or who has a little more experience but needs a tune up.” –Ian 

“Excellent course from start to finish. Week 1 is just a room full of strangers, by week six you will have made some friends for life.  Apart from the birth of my daughter, this is the best thing I’ve ever done. You even get coffee breaks with fancy biscuits.” – Dean

Really enjoyable, worthwhile course.” – Nicola

“You have built up my confidence in my ability to such a level that I am now seeking out places where I can make honking noises come out of stranger’s mouths. What have you done to me? Silky has a wealth of knowledge for aspiring comics to tap, he is incredibly supportive and will help you find your unique comedy voice.” – Steph

“I thought the course was just brilliant. It has unleashed my writing creative juices” – Kath

“I felt I was suffering a writer’s block. Silky’s course broke that block and opened up new ways of thinking about material development and writing in general. His way with people is lovely and warm and he gets you to act in ways you never thought you would in front of strangers who, by week six of the course have developed into friends you will probably be in touch with for life. ” – Tom

I thought the course was great! Much more fun than Toastmasters for improving your confidence in front of a audience.” – Mike

“If you’re interested in trying stand-up, or just want a fun Monday night, check out Silky’s course. It is truly one of my favourite things!” – Adam

Best course I’ve done in a long, long time and Silky is the best comedy mentor you could hope for”- Chris

“Great course, great teacher, wonderful people… Plenty of laughs and an all round thoroughly enjoyable experience. The end of course show is a must” – Robin

35 thoughts on “Comedy and Improv Courses, since 2014

  1. Hi there ,

    I would like to request a place for the 4th of March-8th of April Beginner Improvisation course. I would also like to know what time the lessons normally start?

    Thank for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.



  2. why am i even leaving this….it would take me way too far out of my comfort zone. i have enough trouble dealing with my own inner assasin without being a target for other peoples potshots as well.
    and yet…i can’t help thinking that the way your mind does that ‘backflip somersault thing’ when you get a spiritual realization/awakening… must be able to be paired with that vey similar sort of ‘backflip summersault thing’ your mind does when you ‘Get’ the joke.
    laughter and realization must share the same basic mechanism.
    think: Bill Hicks with added zen master insight and most of the cynicism surgically removed!
    comedy as enlightenment! awakening to the absurdity of life!
    the jokes cunningly embedded with depth-charges of explosive potential insight and awakenings timed and crafted to explode at the exact same moment that you ‘Get’ the joke!
    now That is taking comedy to the next level.
    trouble is, it would take a virtual Shakespeare of comedy who had mastered both the innate cruelty at the heart of all comedy and the compassion at the heart of awakening, to pull it off in front of a live audience.

  3. Morning, could I check availability for the next comedy course please (16th September)?
    Would you be able to email me, so that I can clarify details and proceed with booking if possible too?
    Many thanks in advance.

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  5. Oh no! Ive come on line to look to see if there are any stand up workshops near me and cant believe I’ve literally just missed the Halifax weekend course 😦 Are there any more Halifax dates planned? Christine

  6. Hi Silky

    I know a couple of alumni from your course and they are so positive about what it did for them. Can you send me some details on how to register for your January intake?


  7. Hi Paul,

    Will you be running courses in March next year?

    I want to get this course for my fiancee for a Christmas present

    Thanks Bruce

  8. Hi Silky, my name is Steve Judge. I’m really interested in your comedy courses. Monday evenings really aren’t possible for me as I have a commitment to Scouts on that evening. Can you tell me more about the weekend course?

  9. Interested in stand up course in Leeds June, perhaps allowed out by then.
    Let me know and put me on your mailing list of your gigs.

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