Listen For Laughs with Zach Zucker (Workshop)

Award-winning clown and producer Zach Zucker hosts a one-off workshop for total beginners and experienced performers.

Saturday May 28th – Saturday October 8th 2022
Monkey Barrel Comedy (MB1)

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Often times we enter with such strong ideas that we forget about the most important thing in the room - the audience. We either go too fast without letting them join in or we do too much and scare them off. If you let them, the audience will guide your creative process and tell you exactly what to do.

In this workshop we focus on reading the room by slowing down, unpacking every moment, and listening for the laughs to tell us where to go. Through a series of playful exercises, games and improvised scenes, you’ll be encouraged to take risks, be impulsive, leave your bad ideas at the door, and organically build towards creating a repeatable routine onstage.

This class is for total beginners and experienced performers - you just gotta be cool with looking stupid and being bad in front of people.

About The Instructor:

ZACH ZUCKER is an award-winning clown and producer that tours original comedy shows worldwide. A graduate of École Philippe Gaulier in France, he is one half of Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach & Viggo, the alter-ego of New York's greatest comedian Jack Tucker, and the creator of independent music and comedy label, Stamptown. The first international comedian at the only comedy venue in Mumbai, India (That Comedy Club), he has performed at Just For Laughs, Glastonbury, Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Comedy Central, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Union Hall, NY Comedy Festival, and he has taught workshops at The Groundlings, UCB, Second City, Lyric Hyperion, Clown Gym, Bristol University and various festivals around the world.

Zach’s Accolades:

Comedian's Comedian Award, Chortle Awards, Jack Tucker
Top Comedy Pick, Time Out London, Jack Tucker
Edinburgh Fringe Top Comedy Pick, The Guardian, Jack Tucker
Edinburgh Fringe Top Comedy Pick, The Scotsman, Jack Tucker
Edinburgh Fringe Top Comedy Pick, Fest Mag, Jack Tucker
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Critics' Choice, The Age, Jack Tucker

Best Comedy Award, Adelaide Fringe, Zach & Viggo
Best Comedy Award, Brighton Fringe, Zach & Viggo
Critics Choice Award, Brighton Fringe, Zach & Viggo
Top Comedy Pick, LA Weekly, Zach & Viggo
Rising Star Award, The Media Eye, Edinburgh Fringe, Zach & Viggo
ThreeWeeks Art's Editor Award, Edinburgh Fringe, Zach & Viggo x Thumpasaurus: Where Does The Love Go

Top Comedy Pick, NY Post, Stamptown
Top Comedy Pick, Evening Standard, Stamptown
Best Themed Late-Night Show, Chortle Awards, Stamptown

Saturday 8th October 2022

12:00pm-4:30pm - MB1

£50 per person (incl. ticket to Stamptown 3rd or 4th October) 

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Monkey Barrel Comedy

#1 in Edinburgh for Bars & Clubs and Concerts & Shows on Trip Advisor

3-time Scottish Comedy Award winner for Best Club

Scotland’s Best Venue 2020 Chortle Awards.

"Fringe Heroes" - The Metro

"The Best Comedy Club in the World" - Olga Koch

The "Beating Heart" of the Fringe - The Telegraph

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