Cracking Comedy with Tim Ferguson

Tim FergusonA 2-day comedy writers’ workshop with the legendary Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All-Stars) and his sidekick, the Story Maven, Allen Palmer.

You’ll get comedic insights that can help you unlock the secrets to creating funny characters and hilarious scenes, whether your future lies in sitcoms, sketch comedy or feature films.

Dates for 2015:
Sydney – Apr 25-26 – 9.30am-5pm – Completed

Dates for 2016:

Standard: $397
Early Bird: $347

Program for Cracking Comedy:

Comedy tips and techniques with Tim Ferguson reinforced with exercises to enable you to explore the theory (and make us laugh).

Overnight you’ll be given writing exercises that will be used on Day 2 (so probably a good idea not to plan on having a big one.)

IMG_9035_300Tips on Comedy Characters (Archetypes) and Comedy Scene Writing with Allen Palmer

Selected overnight exercises read out in class with feedback provided by Tim and/or Allen (if time prevents us providing feedback in class, written feedback will be provided after the class).

Writing collaboration exercise with other members of the class

Performance of selected collaboration exercises

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CHEEKY MONKEY COVER_high_res_300‘It’s like a Jedi course for comedy, though Tim is a few heads taller than Yoda.’
May Yeung, Screenwriter (UCLA)

‘Tim Ferguson’s Cheeky Monkey book was a key factor in moving me from free open mic stand-up comedy to performing paid spots in professional comedy clubs.’
Richard Lindesay, [Comedian, UK]

‘Tim Ferguson is an absolute comedic genius! His comedy writing class was non stop fun and helped me to become an even better comedy writer. I wrote my first US TV pilot using these principles.‘
Joanne Rose, winner at L.A. Web Fest 2013
Multi-Award Winning Writer/Actor/Producer (

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About Tim Ferguson

Tim is a widely acclaimed comedian, writer and producer. He’s also the author the narrative comedy bible, Cheeky Monkey.

Tim has toured the world performing stand-up and musical comedy, co-writing dozens of live stage comedy shows and light entertainment programmes. He has written and produced sitcoms and consults for international production companies and networks.

Tim was a member of comedy trio Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS) (with Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler) whose credits include the scifi sitcom Daas Kapital, live comedy show The Big Gig, the feature film The Edinburgh Years, the BBC’s DAAS LOVE and UK Channel 4′s Viva Cabaret.

Tim is Australia’s foremost narrative comedy teacher. He lectures in comedy, screenwriting and concept development at the RMIT University School of Media & Communication in Melbourne (Prof. Screenwriting Adv. Dip.) and at AFTRS, Australian’s national film school.

About Allen Palmer

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