Comedy Boot Camp with Luke McGregor

Learn from one Australia's funnies story tellers

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Explore the fundamentals of comedy with an expert.  We will talk to Luke about what he thinks is funny and why his humour works.  And actors will rehearse and perform scenes and get feedback from Luke and Richard.  An afternoon playing with being funny.

Bring a scene from a comedy film or TV show that you would like to play.  We will also see if Luke can provide some material from his own series 'Rosehaven' (TBC).

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What you will learn
  • A practical view of comedy
  • Test out your theories and try some of ours
  • Learn a professional approach to comedy
What you will get
  • Clear techniques and fresh understanding of how to create a comedic character
  • Profoundly simple skills that produce complex and powerful results
  • A variety of exercises to explore
  • Work in small groups with expert tuition

What to bring
  • Bring a comedy scene you would like to do
What to wear


Appropriate for

All actors will enjoy this workshop.


The Rehearsal Room

Vendor since 2017

The Rehearsal Room is run by TV Director Richard Sarell who directed television drama for more than 25 years. During that time, he evolved an approach to acting that trains actors in techniques that enable them to compete and survive in the modern world of screen performance.

The techniques are based on simple principles that quickly produce professional results.  They enable the actor to create complex real characters that are perfect for the screen but are also relevant for the stage.  These classes enable actors to make choices that drive the character's interactions in a way that generates a compelling dramatic performance.  The actors skill is to engage an audience because they feel they are watching a real life interaction.  These classes provide the tools to deliver those outcomes.

Richard has been conducting workshops for professional actors in Australia and New Zealand for two decades, working with institutions such as the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Australian Screen Directors Association (ASDA), National Theatre Drama School, Federation University and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Once a payment has been made no refunds are available.  However, your payment may be able to be transferred to another or future class if a suitable one is available.

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Terms & Conditions

The Rehearsal Room provides a supportive environment to enable you to learn quickly and make clear progress.  If you have to miss a class it might be possible for you to come an hour earlier for the next week's session to catch you up on the theory that you have missed.  Two free one hour catch up sessions are included in your term fee. After that you may have to pay for a private catch up lesson at $70 per hour.  Early notification if you can't attend a class is always helpful.  That way we can plan ahead.

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24 March 2018 • Comedy Boot Camp with Luke McGregor

Comprehensive work shop. Informative and interactive. Input from Luke and Richard on scene runs invaluable. Interesting a thoroughly recommended. Tom Liddy.


20 March 2018 • Comedy Boot Camp with Luke McGregor

This was a really fun afternoon. Luke was full of tips on how to get the comedy in a scene, or even a line, zinging. We got to work on two different scenes and get really useful, practical feedback from both Luke and Richard. Great class!