LUU Comedy Society is a society for people who are interested in performing and watching sketch, stand-up and improvised comedy. Membership to the Comedy Society gives you discounted entry to all of the 'Leeds Tealights’, 'Fresh Milk' and 'Leeds Improfessionals' events, as well as a variety of nights around the city. We also attend a range of gigs around the country, from meeting up with other university comedy societies to visiting local comedy festivals.
Come along to weekly meetings, and meet like-minded comedians and comedy fans, and get the chance to try out your comedic muscles, watch others get funny, or even just pitch an idea you want others to try out. You don't need to have prior experience either, just a desire to laugh.
If you don't fancy performing, you can still join the society, reaping the discounts and attending a range of shows at a great price. There are also opportunities for producing, directing and crewing productions. For more information, attend one of our meetings and say hi. Alternatively, drop us an email.
The society is split into four groups: two sketch groups, and an improv troupe, and stand-up comedians.
The first sketch group is 'The Leeds Tealights'. Now in their tenth year, the Tealights are recast each year and the group writes, performs and produces original sketch comedy shows each term, working towards performing a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. As well as gigs in Leeds and Edinburgh, the Tealights travel around the country, performing gigs in London and alongside the Cambridge Footlights. Auditions in 2015/16 will be held in October on the 5th and 6th, from 5-7pm.
For information on this year's Tealights, see: www.leedstealights.co.uk
The second part of the society is 'Fresh Milk'. Fresh Milk are a non-audition sketch troupe who also offer gigs and support for budding stand-ups. They meet up twice a week (Mondays, 6-8pm, Baines Wing SR(LG.17) where they write and rehearse sketches, and just generally have a laugh. With a sketch show per term, Fresh Milk has performed on numerous occasions, at the Little Leeds Fringe in a show with the Leeds Tealights and also performed in Edinburgh at the Scottish Student Comedy Festival in March 2014 and 2015.
All new to 2017: our very own writing workshop, LUU Comedy Society's Writers' Room. Often felt that maybe you'd be a dab hand writing? Naturally. Not sure where to start, or want a hand developing those hilarious ideas? HELP IS AT HAND! The purpose of these weekly sessions is for anyone and everyone to come along with comedy ideas that could be a play or just one sentence, and as a group we whip them up into some sweet, sweet content. We'll take a look at some great examples of our favourite kinds of comedy, and look at how it's put together as well as doing some writing exercises and just talkin through the suggestions people have. Absolutely no pressure to perform anything - if you just wanna come along and brainstorm some nonsense, this is the place. Wednesdays 6-8pm, Baines Wing SR (LG.17).
We also have our very own improv troupe, 'The Improfessionals'. Like Fresh Milk, they are non-auditioning. They put on shows every semester and have regular workshops (Thursdays, 7-9pm, Union Room 5) where they develop their improv skills and flex their comedy muscles. If you feel you're less of a writer and more someone who is funny on the fly, then they are the group for you!
We are a very friendly society and meet up regularly outside of meetings and rehearsals with regular socials.
Comedy Society are also very passionate about working alongside other societies too. We can provide stand-ups, sketch (etc.) for charity events, production fundraisers, open mics - you name it. Furthermore, we have very strong contacts with Leeds Student TV and Leeds Student Radio. Contact Sam (our secretary) if you have any questions, here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- President - Liam Kenrick
- Secretary - Sam Miller
- Treasurer - Emre Kose
- Head of Tealights - Will Sidi
- Head of Fresh Milk - Naomi Wilkins
- Head of the Improfessionals - Hannah Cowton
- Head of Stand up - Chris Waugh
- Social Secretary - Sophie Clement
Wanting to set up your own comedy night? Fancy forming your own sketch troupe? We can give you flyering ability in the union and organise rehearsal rooms if you're a member. Get in touch!
Membership is only £4! We look forward to meeting you!
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