Sean Morley Workshop

Sunday 8 March

The Albany

Scriptless Stand-Up

13:00 – 17:00
The Albany240
Great Portland S
London W1W 5QU
Scriptless Stand-Up is a workshop about a method for devising live comedy with an emphasis on adaptation and engagement with a move away from scripted dialogue. Borrowing techniques from devised and contemporary theatre, this workshop will allow you to develop your own idiosyncratic strategies for creating and performing live comedy with unique and exciting results.

Career-minded comedians desperate to burst from pub function rooms to comedy central have created a generation of performers who live within the margins of tightly rehearsed scripted monologues, easily lifted out of the live scene and slotted into a broadcast recording.

I believe comedy has to make a virtue of your direct connection to the audience; in a live performance, you’re both in the space place at the same time. Anything could happen. At a moment’s notice you could throw your entire body at them. You won’t. You shouldn’t. But that fear is what makes live performance so exhilarating. So why are we geared to perform to the fourth wall like it’s the lens of a camera?

Answer: You don’t. Please stop infact.


Scrubbing Your Brain Of Received Wisdom

Success Is Poison

Language Is Almost Completely Useless

Comedy Is Just Magic But With More Apologising

(Disclaimer: This is all flavour text to sell you the vibe. The actual workshop has quite straight-forward section names and moves in a logical fashion between moments of instruction, group discussion and creative exercises.)


Sean Morley is The People’s Comedian whose recent solo shows I Apologise For My Recent Behaviour and Soon I Will Be Dead And My Bones Will Be Free To Wreak Havoc Upon This Earth Once More were cult hits at The Comedy Festivals. Sean also masterminds The Glang Show, an anarchic comedy anti-competition in which all the rules of stand-up are inverted and then flipped across another unnamed axis. Sean Morley recently appeared on Stuart Goldsmith’s The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast.

Listed by Time Out and The Scotsman in their Best Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2019
2019 Malcolm Hardee Award nominee for Comic Originality
‘A delightfully ambitious, endlessly creative hour of lo-fi comedy’ ★★★★ List
‘Crazy/clever comedy that somehow reaches your funnybone without being processed by your frontal lobe’ ★★★★ Scotsman
‘The genius and confidence of Kitson with the poetic linguistics of Dylan Moran. There’s something very special about Sean Morley’ ★★★★1/2 ShortCom
‘A tightly run ship of thoughtful weirdness’ ★★★★ Fest
'A feast for any comedy lover who has a taste for the strange and absurd’ Skinny
‘Packed full of smart ideas and exquisitely written jokes’ Time Out


Entry to the event is charged at a non-refundable deposit of £18 plus booking fee. At the end of the session you will then pay what you choose, all of which goes directly to Sean.

The deposit covers venue costs and includes a soft drink and a meal at the pub in the form of a hearty sandwich and side, which you will select on the day. If you have any dietary needs, please inform us and we will ensure they are accounted for.

Also running on Saturday 7th March:
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