Intro to Clown with Garry Starr
Friday, April 5 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The clown is forever the optimist and truly comes alive in failure.
In this playful workshop we will explore how to be funny without even trying. The pressure to make people laugh will be graciously taken out of your hands and we will instead be finding ways to make you look ridiculous so you can hone your skills in listening for laughter and responding accordingly.
Looking to the Laugh
Repeating the Funny
Falling in Love with The Flop
Saving your Mates
Doing Something vs Doing Nothing
This is a 5 hour workshop with a 1 hour break.
Damien Warren-Smith (A.K.A. Garry Starr) is a performer whose solo work has played festivals all over the world, picking up numerous awards along the way. Having trained and worked as an actor for over 15 years he re-trained as a clown with the likes of Mick Barnfather, Peta Lily, John Wright, Lucy Hopkins, Carlo Jacucci and Philippe Gaulier before forming the clown troupe A Plague of Idiots. His solo shows have played to packed houses in Melbourne, London, Oslo, Berlin, LA and Las Vegas and he has taught workshops across the UK, Australia and Japan. He currently lives out of a suitcase and goes where the wind takes him.
Workshop Info & Requirements
Health & Safety Requirements
- If you are feeling unwell, please let us know and stay home!
- We recommend students wear masks unless actively performing in a scene or exercise.
- All students must read and agree to our School Policies and the above Health & Safety Guidelines.
- Students must be respectful to their fellow students and course instructors, and adhere to our Student & Teacher Code of Conduct and our Community Code of Conduct.
Have questions? Take a look at our FAQs
Please (pretty please) read the info below or our full FAQs before contacting us! (We’re pretty sure all your questions are answered here).
No. We keep our course and workshop costs low to allow as many students as possible to learn the art & fun of improv. To avoid unnecessary headaches involved in estimating student numbers, keep administrative costs down, and generally be fair to all students and would-be students, we do not offer refunds once a course or workshop registration has been purchased. Please keep this in mind before registering!
No. We don’t offer test classes or auditing, but we encourage prospective students to join our weekly open improv jam and to come to House team shows on Friday nights to get an idea of what we’re doing and who we are. This is a great way to meet us and current and former students, as well as join in the CCB community.
Yes but… we require students to attend at least 6 of the 8 course sessions in order to pass the course and continue taking higher level courses with us. In addition, students may not be more than 15 minutes late to 4 out of 8 classes in order to pass.
We do not offer make-up classes for missed classes. Students are added to a Google Group for their course and can message fellow students for notes about missed classes, but please keep in mind that no one is under any obligation to respond.
The student show offered as part of most courses is not required, but we feel that participating in the show is a fun and rewarding conclusion to the course, so we highly encourage everyone to participate.
If you know you’ll miss more than 2 classes, we strongly recommend you do not register as you’ll simply not get enough out of the course and you’ll be required to retake the course in order to continue taking courses with us.
Sometimes. We allow course prerequisite exemptions on a case by case basis, but please keep in mind that we rarely grant exemptions. We teach a very specific style of long form that is relatively unique in Europe. We lay the foundation for that in our Intro course and we’ve found that students who have received training at other schools that focus on short form ‘impro’, status and narrative are often at a disadvantage when skipping Levels, in addition to slowing down the progress of other students.
Our courses and workshops are capped at 16 students max; some courses and workshops have a lower class size – these will be noted in the event description.