The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
MA Drama and Theatre
The stand-up comedy pathway is an intense practical and theoretical exploration of this important performance genre. Students perform in a weekly stand-up night to audiences of up to 200 people, investigate historical and/or theoretical aspects of stand-up comedy in a practice-based research project and a dissertation, arrange and perform appearances on the national comedy circuit, and learn how to edit and arrange existing material into a final public performance. After completing the course, students will be able to:
- perform stand-up comedy acts;
- write or devise original stand-up comedy routines;
- demonstrate the development of an individual voice in their work (original approaches to stand-up comedy, in material and performance);
- analyse and appraise their own work, with appropriate references to historical and theoretical context;
- demonstrate knowledge of the history of stand-up comedy;
- articulate understanding of comic theory.
The course also equips students with the ability to document research practices in an appropriate form that is viewed as an integral part of the process and outcomes of this MA.
Students will be taught by former comedian Oliver Double, author of Stand-Up! On Being a Comedian (Methuen, 1997) and Getting the Joke: The Inner Workings of Stand-Up Comedy (Methuen, 2005).
The modules and schedule of this MA are:
- Weekly performance project (autumn)
- Research project (spring)
- Showcase project (summer)
- Open microphone project (autumn/spring/summer)
- Dissertation (summer)
For more information, please contact convenor Oliver Double.