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Comedy workshops.

I’m going to be doing my next comedy workshops every Sunday from the 25th of July for six weeks. The workshops will be in Yesbar from 12 pm till 5 PM. You can either book for one day at a time or you can block book for six weeks. There are only going to be a maximum of ten places each day to give everyone loads of time to work through their routine. All participants will be given the opportunity to do live stand up performances as well with full support from me. The cost is only £10.00 per day. An absolute bargain or £50 for the full six weeks. for full details of workshops and booking detailsfollow the links bellow. 


To book the 25th June or block booking click here.

To Book the 2nd July click here. 

To Book the 9th July click here. 

To book the 16th July click here. 

To book the 23rd July click here. 

To book the 30th July click here.


If you have any questions you can call me on 07902841748 . If I don’t answer leave a message and I’ll get back to you.



Are you a new comedian, a speaker looking to inject some humour into your speeches or just fancy trying stand up for the first time then this is the workshop for you. These workshops will be running for six weeks from the 25th of June every Sunday. You can book for single days or block book the six weeks.


Obie is a Scottish comedy legend who is highly regarded as one of the most naturally talented comedians on the circuit today. He will take you on a surreal journey filled with laughter. He has been performing stand up for 18 years and regularly performs at clubs across the country as headliner support act or MC. He has also been performing solo shows around the comedy festivals from Edinburgh to Melbourne for the past twelve years and has now got a regular following at the Edinburgh comedy festival.


Obie has also been involved in a lot of workshops over the years. His organic way of showing new acts the ropes involves everything from the mind-set to writing material.


The following will be covered in the workshop.

  • Mind set: How you think about your performance and how you percieve the audience
  • Building rapport: One of the biggest things I’ve learned over the years is how to build rapport with an audience. Once you make an audience feel comfortable with you then you can take them anywhere.
  • Controlling your state: I’ve learned a number of techniques from hypnosis, NLP and minfullness etc o how to control how you feel in any situation. This is vital when performing on stage.
  • Status: How your status in relation the audience effects how the gig goes.
  • Developing your on stage persona or comedy voice.
  • How to write your material.
  • Comedy writing games
  • How not giving a shit is great for your performance
  • How Letting go of your outcome makes you funnier.


This is just a few of the ideas covered in the workshop. Over the day you will get loads of time to deliver your material in front of the class and get to work on improving your set bit by bit. If you don’t have any material yet then thats fine we will also help you put your first five minute set together.

Here are some testimonials from past workshops

John’s comedy course was an excellent weekend. The course was perfectly structured with a balance between time for performing, writing and feedback. The weekend had a brilliant relaxed vibe to it and I have kept in contact with most of the people from the course. My confidence in my stand up has risen a lot since the course and the gig that we did at the end of the weekend was a great success and a gig to remember. John is a very competent teacher and listens to all of the participants and helps them to develop their own unique style and ideas. I would recommend the course for people who are looking to develop their material – it can almost be looked on as a comedy retreat – when else could you spend a full weekend concentrating on your material with professional advice and a captive audience at hand the whole time? For me is was a very worthwhile weekend and a brilliant laugh that I will remember for a long time to come. Thanks to John for all his advice and encouragement, it was invaluable. Kirsten McCrossan

.it was a cracking course and my stand up has gotten a bit sillier since, In a good way. Confidence to be comfortable with silences etc. Andy Clark.
The course was awesome. Delivery between was strong and relaxed me into being on stage in front of folk. +all us stoodents were relaxed and positive to each other and all grand there. Good amount of times on the mic on day one and plenty exciting challenges with the topical bit, dieing on stage, ad-libbing. I think the dieing one was more relaxed because I wasn’t expecting any laughs. A good thing as we went through material.

The Comedy Workshop was one of the best experiences of my life.

Iain White.


I felt the relaxed fun energy even just meeting Obie outside the venue.

You go on a business course or seminar and can find yourself bored within the hour but even at 11:00 i had been laughing so much..

Obie is a very funny guy and was absolutely the right balance between funny, energetic, live wire and informative and motivational. it was a privilege to work with him.

I had often wondered what it would be like to be on stage doing stand up and felt that comedy was something that was right up my alley. So when the opportunity of this course came along i could not refuse and would do it all again tomorrow if i could so guys… let me know when your next one is.


Gar Affleck


Book your place now. I am limiting the number of people on each workshop to 10 people only to allow everyone to get the most out of the workshop. If you have any questions feel free to contact me on 07902841748 or email johno.obie@virgin.net.


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2 Responses to Comedy workshops.

  • Obie says:

    Hi Angela. We have no upcoming workshops at the moment. It will probably be after August before we do one again. Keep an eye on the website for details.

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