Workshop. MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes

Workshop. MCing Open Mike Comedy with Alfie Noakes

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£85.87 – £200

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Farrs School of Dancing

17 - 19 Dalston lane



E8 3DF

United Kingdom

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Alfie Noakes will provide a fun and fact-filled crash course into the world of MCing comedy shows with theory and practical live reviews.

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The key focus of this friendly one day workshop is to give new(ish) comedians a clear understanding of the role of the comedy host, or MC, and bombard students with tips, tricks and techniques to obtain the most laughs and maintain the energy in the room. Keep the flow in the show!

Further, We Are Funny Project will strive to provide stage time to students so that aspects of what they have learned can be applied and practised.

The class is limited to only 10 people so everyone gets to "go up" twice in an unhurried fashion.

"Early Bird" Price of £80 is available until midnight Sunday October 2nd and then the price rises to £100 "Late Booker".

Students have an option to purchase the online course "How To Be A Brilliant Stand-Up Comedy MC" to go along with this live workshop. The online course is priced at £140 alone, if taken with the live event then the price for both together is a bargain £180.

MC Alfie Noakes is the creator and promoter of the We Are Funny Project and has MCed well over 1000 gigs.

This workshop will provide the essential information as what is expected of an MC, best practices, pitfalls to avoid and how best to mine your comedy in this all essential role. Many of the skills and lessons also apply to public speaking outside of a comedy club.

New MCs won't typically be earning their stripes in a paid comedy club, but on the open mic circuit alongside other fresh talent and duties go far beyond simply saying who's up next...

The day will be part straight class and lecture, part performance and review with tailored advice for each and every attendee.

Matters of how to stay "in the room", house-keeping, crowd work, dealing with hecklers, having responsibility to the show, introducing acts, working in material and more are covered.

By understanding the role of the open mic MC, students will gain insight on what grass roots promoters look for (and also seek to avoid) best practice to gain stage time as an MC (and as an act) and quite simply get a handle on the community from a point of view that is not simply that of a performer running 5s and 10s. It's really rather illuminating stuff...

The final Q&A session will open the day up to asking about pretty much any issue you like. At least, so far as live comedy goes...

Private tutoring sessions are also available with all details at

The online course will be made available to students at time of booking and can be followed before, during or after this live event.

See for more info and a taster of the course can also be found there as well as some samples here, on our YouTube channel.

Scroll down to see reviews from students in the most recent workshop, March 2022

"I did the MCing course - a densely packed highly valuable afternoon with everyone getting a chance to apply what they had learned and get feedback twice. Alfie is an excellent coach with the exact right balance of straight talk and encouragement. If you are thinking of MCing, this course will save you 2 years of trial an error. Can't recommend highly enough"


"Just completed Alfie’s MC course. A hell of a lot of information crammed into five hours. Any budding MC should really consider doing this course to learn about the do’s and don’ts of being a comedy MC"


"I did the MC workshop with Alfie and it was brilliant. I learnt so much about how to MC a gig. The chance to practice MCing in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment is a highlight of the workshop. Alfie really took the time to give everyone good, specific feedback about how they can individually improve. Highly recommend for anyone thinking of MCing!"


"Alfie runs the rarest of things - an open mic night that's great for comedians and punters alike. Always a great atmosphere and a nice place to perform. Would also really high recommend the comedy MCing workshop - I learnt a lot of practical tips and skills, and it was great value for money."


"Very enjoyable and stimulating"


Testimonials from prior to March 2022

Lou LaBelle

Thanks for a great day! Info-packed, loads of notes, lots to take away & think about before coming back to put it into practice! Really looking forward to it!

Mandy McCarthy

Cannot recommend the MCing open Mic with Alfie Noakes highly enough, high energy teaching, proper constructive feedback. Packed a lot in to 5 hours. Came away with lots of insights. Its good fun too.

Giuseppe Gib

I have attended several workshops and this was maybe the best. Well structured, with loads of useful information and tips you can apply straight away, from room management to audience interaction, and time for performance and individual feedback. Alfie is honest and will let you know what you are doing well and what you are doing wrong, no bulls**t! Highly recommended if you are interested in becoming an MC.

Will Preston

Superb!!!!! Thanks again!!!!

Kathryn Taylor

Thanks for an enjoyable and informative day. X

Rudy Ilyas

What a lovely afternoon, informative and fun. If only school was such fun... Thank you to our brilliant teacher, Alfie, and fab classmates.

Eva Bindeman

A thorough, useful and fascinating course that teaches real and relevant skills in order to MC effectively. It was the right balance if challenging and supportive and would urge anyone wanting to MC for the first time, or those who simply want to improve, to sign up to the next one.

Luke Mcgibbon

Excellent value for money. insightful, practical and useful for new and experienced promoters/mcs alike. Would recommend.

Chris Jones

Very enjoyable, informative and great value for money. Would recommend.

Vanessa Marcié

Very insightful day, full of really good tips. Definitely a good idea for anybody who wants to start MCing.

Rob Mayhew

Brilliant one day intensive MC training last Saturday with Alfie. If you ever want to know the secrets to being a great comedy MC, this one day course should be your first stop.

Chris Brown

Very fun day I learnt a lot about mcing... Well worth the money.. Looking forward to do a night of mc at the we are funny project.. Thank you very much.

Carl Richard

Fun day and worth the price and I feel like I have now got the nuts to have a go at MCing

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