To Create happier, healthier people through the power of laughter and comedy
The Comedy Trust was established in 2002 with the mission to create happier, healthier people through the power of laughter and comedy.
Our main aims include:
- Encouraging participation and engagement in the arts for all
- Exploring the relationship between comedy, humour and health and wellbeing
- Nurturing talent and developing creativity, confidence and communication skills
- Making high quality art accessible to all regardless of gender, race, sexuality, age religious or political viewpoints
Throughout the year we work extensively throughout the Liverpool City Region and across the UK developing and delivering groundbreaking workshop programmes in the education sector, local communities, health settings and businesses alongside curating Liverpool's annual celebration of comedy and arts through the Liverpool Comedy Festival. We are also the brains behind the newly established International Weekend of Wellbeing.
We believe laughter is an important part of our day to day life and should be harnessed to help us live happier, healthier lives. Studies suggest that laughter is a basic emotion that all humans share and understand, we celebrate this by using comedy to encourage the universal language of laughter in everything we do. We ensure each of our programmes are accessible and flexible designed to provide participants with a platform to improve their confidence, self-esteem, personal resilience and connections with others to ultimately help them feel happier and better about themselves. In addition to this, comedy has the power to help break down barriers in difficult situations or help with difficult to discuss topics such as mental health, we use the power of comedy to empower individuals to tackle these situations in a positive, light-hearted, alternative way.
The Comedy Trust is well respected throughout the UK for its’ groundbreaking work which employs the skills of professional arts practitioners and comedians with a background in promoting positive health and wellbeing to develop programmes that are accessible, creative, and in many instances, life changing.
Since 2002 over 15,000 people have taken part in one of our groundbreaking comedy programmes. 90% of participants tell us they’ve experienced an increase in confidence, communication skills or well-being.
Our main initiatives include:
Feeling Funny programme: Comedy programme designed to improve the mental wellbeing of participants through a range of comedy workshops, monthly clubs and drop in sessions. Sessions currently running include the Feeling Funny Youth programme designed for secondary years, Feeling Funny Mums for new mothers or mothers to be at risk of / living with poor mental health and Still Feeling Funny, a club designed for men struggling with mental health issues established from our men's Feeling Funny programme.
Happier, Healthier Employers: Workshop programmes and resources to support workplace wellbeing.
Liverpool Comedy Festival: Annual celebration of comedy and laughter in Liverpool
Previous clients include Barclays Bank, United Utilities, 02, schools and community groups across the UK, which has led to patrons John Bishop and Les Dennis to support our work.
For detailed information on our products you can check out our blog site where you can read Olivia’s inspirational story on how our programme led her from being bullied and receiving school counselling to gaining a place at University, or Pete’s story of overcoming depression through comedy. Alternatively, click to listen to one of the BBC Radio 4 Extra documentaries we were the subject of.