Comedy Writing


Do you have a comedy concept for film or TV but no clue how to get it to the next level, let alone get it made? Do you want to improve your standup comedy writing skills? Or maybe you just want to learn how to make people laugh?

In this exciting 2 Day course you will learn the skills needed to write stand-up and narrative comedy. Build characters, devise stories and apply time honoured principles of comedy writing to make your own stand-up routine, comedy film or sitcom.

Course content

  • Genre
  • Comic character development
  • The principles of jokes
  • The principles of narrative comedy
  • Comic story structure
  • Conflict
  • Dialogue
  • Bibles and pitching

Ideal for

Writers who would like to build their comic skills. Comics who would like to build their writing skills. People who would like to learn how to make other people laugh.

The true nature of humour had eluded me until I did Tim's comedy workshop.Understanding what really makes people laugh has turned my writing on its head so my feet are now on the ground. Highly recommended.
Chris Brooks, Writer/Producer

More information


You will work on building and developing your own concepts in comedy whilst exploring the course content. Upon finishing this course you will have learned much about the tricks used to build comedy and be able to apply these to your own writing or comedy development.



So many lightbulb moments, I had to put on sunglasses. This course is revolutionary - a whole new way to look at comedy.
Leisl Egan, Television Writer

Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are included.

Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Materials to bring

Notepaper, pen or a laptop.


Completion of this course will not guarantee entry into an RMIT Program.

Additional notes



Tim Ferguson

Tim Ferguson is a performer, producer, director and writer. He toured internationally with comedy trio the Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS) for a decade. He co-wrote and starred in the comedy sci-fi series Daas Kapital and the feature film, DAAS-The Edinburgh Years. Tim was creator/co-producer of the comedy/drama series Shock Jock and the writer/host of Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush.

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Available course dates

Saturday 06 June 2015

  • Code S345253
  • Start date 06.06.15
  • End date 07.06.15
  • Hours 14.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $440.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 06.06.15 10:00am 05:00pm 7.00
Sun 07.06.15 10:00am 05:00pm 7.00

Saturday 04 July 2015

  • Code S345253
  • Start date 04.07.15
  • End date 05.07.15
  • Hours 12.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $440.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 04.07.15 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Sun 05.07.15 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00

Saturday 19 September 2015

  • Code S345253
  • Start date 19.09.15
  • End date 20.09.15
  • Hours 12.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $440.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 19.09.15 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Sun 20.09.15 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00

Saturday 07 November 2015

  • Code S345253
  • Start date 07.11.15
  • End date 08.11.15
  • Hours 12.00
  • Campus City
  • Fee $440.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Sat 07.11.15 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00
Sun 08.11.15 10:00am 05:00pm 6.00

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