Laugh Academy: Half-term Comedy School

Learn how to become a comedian!

The dedicated half-term comedy school for aspiring stand-ups is back for 2024! With a full week of workshops we will develop young people’s skills and give them an experience of performing live comedy.

This specially designed course will give you the chance to learn tips and tricks of the trade from real life comedians. Plus, you get to perform at the Laugh Academy Showcase on the final day of the course. No experience necessary.

It’s just £30 for the week of workshops. Places are very limited, so participants get maximum support, book fast!

When? Monday 19th to Friday 23rd February

Time? 9:30-12pm (Age 11-14) / 1:00-3.30pm (Age 15-18)

Where? Attenborough Arts Centre

Price? £30 for the week of workshops

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And if you’re not taking part in the workshops, why not support the brilliant young comedians at their exclusive showcase?

When? Friday 23rd February

Time? TBA – there will be separate showcases for each age group. 

Where? Attenborough Arts Centre

Price? TBA

Get your tickets here

For any queries about Laugh Academy, or any other project from the UK Kids’ Comedy Festival, please contact Chris at


Meet Our Facilitators

Kate McCabe has been leading Laugh Academy since its inception in 2018! She is an experienced workshop facilitator and comedy coach who regularly teaches with The University of Salford, ComedySportz Manchester, and Laugh at Leeds. As a performer, Kate is a regular on the club circuit and stars at many major festivals, performing as a stand-up or as part of improv/theatre troupes including Sugar Punch, Murder Inc., and ComedySportz!

Allyson June Smith is a standup comedian who very early in her career was nominated for Best Female Stand Up at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Allyson has headlined major comedy festivals, including Winnipeg, Halifax and Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festivals. Now settled in the city of Manchester, she performs across the UK and has shared bills with Jason Manford, Katherine Ryan, Stewart Francis, John Bishop, Stephen Merchant, and Samantha Bee (The Daily Show).

“Simply one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever worked with. Can play any crowd and always has them laughing their heads off.” – JASON MANFORD


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