Course offers lessons in laughter
Lessons will be a joke for students on a new comedy course offering a first-class education in how to be funny.
The 18-month part-time course, run by the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in collaboration with Channel 4, includes lessons on sketch shows and how to write sitcoms.
Organisers say it is the first industry-recognised course in comedy with graduates getting a diploma in writing and producing comedy.
The advisory board for the course includes Peep Show creator Sam Bain and Graham Linehan, who wrote Father Ted.
Bain, who created Peep Show with writing partner Jesse Armstrong, said: "Jesse and I met on a creative writing course - they're a great way to learn your trade. A course provides deadlines and feedback - the bread and water of a writer's life. And there's always the chance you'll meet the writing partner of your dreams. Keep a dozen roses in your carrier bag on the off-chance."
Applications for the course, which starts in January, are now open.
NFTS director Nik Powell said: "The main entrance requirement is that applicants must be funny and have a passion for comedy.
"People often question whether comedy can be taught. We take the view that a sense of humour is innate but being able to write comedy for film or television is a skill that is honed through practice. That's why we've got some of the UK's best comedy writers on board - like Sam Bain and Graham Linehan - to advise on this course and be guest tutors."