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Stand-up comedy classes held in Buckinghamshire

People in Buckinghamshire are being given the opportunity to learn how to become a stand-up comedian.

The six-week course, run by comedian Brian Two, includes lessons in writing material, improvisation and dealing with hecklers.

The sessions at the City Discovery Centre in Bradwell Abbey include a live performance in front of an audience.

"It's all about giving people a chance to step up to the microphone and have a go," said Mr Two.

"Whether they're new to stand up, or have some experience but are a little rusty, everyone on the course will have the opportunity to create or adapt their act in a supportive environment with 12 other like-minded people."

'Frightening prospect'

The comedian, whose performances include appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and staged episodes of Fawlty Towers, admits stand-up comedy can be a "frightening prospect".

"You're very first gig is hard, there's no denying it," he said.

"It's a bit like riding a bike or learning to swim - there's only one way to do it and that's just to get on and do it."

He added: "The course gives you plenty of time to develop what you're going to do and decide what your persona on stage will be, so that by the time you get to the gig any fears will hopefully have been allayed."

Comic actor David Lovesey, from the Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy, has signed up for the £110 course and admits to feeling "nervous" about the prospect of performing a five-minute stand-up routine to a live audience.

"Everything I have done previously has been in a cabaret style which is a different thing entirely, so stand-up comedy is completely new for me.

"What terrifies me more than anything is standing in front of a stage and actually opening myself up to a room full of people," he said.

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