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How to Become a Stand-Up Comedian

Where: Studio One, 1 Rutherford Mews, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees)
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Do you think you are funny? Like to make people laugh? Do people come up to you and say "you should be a comedian!" Or are there people that you say that to yourself? Well, this is the workshop for you (or them)!

Join comedian and producer Ben 'Tito' Caldwell as he teaches you the basics of how to turn your funny stories, observations, rants, quips etc. into stage ready stand-up comedy. From learning how to hold a microphone effectively, to generating material so that you have new stuff to try out. We'll cover everything that you need to know if you are keen to jump up on stage and give it a go yourself.

You'll also be filled in on where you can get stage time, etiquette around performing, how to get booked and what you need to thrive in a smaller provincial comedy scene, as well as transition to a larger scene like those in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

What to bring
An open mind, ideas for material or bits you have written already, pens and paper, snacks and drinks to fuel your creativity and your voice to provide feedback to others. Stand-up comedy can be a very collaborative process and the feedback and ideas that you provide to people will be reciprocated in this workshop environment.

Ben ‘Tito’ Caldwell has been performing stand-up comedy for 11 years and producing shows for 8 years. Originally from Nelson, he started his comedy career in Wellington in 2008 and has performed in a number of NZ International Comedy Festival shows over the years. He’s performed with the likes of James Acaster, Stuart Goldsmith, Brendhan Lovegrove, Justine Smith and Ben Hurley.

In 2012, he won the Spirit of the Festival for the Comedy Fest and in 2018 he won a People’s Choice Award at the GoMedia Comedy Carnival for best performer. His unique family dynamic provides the backdrop for his material and whilst it can be brutal and confronting, it’s also hilarious.

Since 2017, Ben has been at the heart of a thriving comedy scene in Palmerston North, where he founded The Comedy Hub. Along with the local comics from the Manawatu, the scene is now recognised widely in NZ comedy as being incredibly supportive of both local and visiting acts, as well as producing a number of diverse acts over the past three and a half years.

Now he’s branched out on his own and is running shows under his production company banner, DIY Comedy, around the Lower Central North Island.

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