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"Not only is Stand Out a great initiative to introduce kids into the world of performing and writing comedy it is also a brilliant avenue for them to direct their talents knowing that there is an end result” –
John Bishop, Patron of The Comedy Trust"





Open to:  11 - 18 year olds

Price: £1,800

Helping young people realise their creative potential...

Stand Out – the stand-up comedy course for young people is the Comedy Trust’s flagship course. The course began as a pilot scheme back in 2002 for 11-14 year olds and proved so popular that it is now run all year round in schools across the North West. We have now developed a course for 11-18 year olds. Over 10,000 young people have taken part in a Stand out course which, has won approval from teachers and education professionals across the country.

“A unique stand-up comedy training scheme” The Guardian

The overall aims of the course are to:

  • Increase confidence and self esteem

  • Develop Communication and presentation skills

  • Explore Creativity and literacy skills

  • Speaking and listening skills


Young People can now gain accreditation through the Stand Out programme by working towards an Arts Award, an initiative of the Arts Council. For more information about the Arts Award.

Stand Out is a 6 week workshop programme, which runs for 2 hours a week, with a group of up to 20 pupils either as an out of school activity or within the national curriculum. The course is delivered by  professional  stand -up  comedians  and  Education  practitioners  and  explores  all  aspects  of  comedy, including what makes young people laugh. Students are taught the fundamentals of stand-up comedy with an emphasis on creative thinking and writing. Stand Out not only encourages young people to think and learn creatively,  but through  the use of challenging  activities  and varied teaching methods the course promotes confidence, social skills and a positive sense of self awareness.




If you are interested in hosting a Stand Out course with your school or organisation, or would like our education pack, please get in touch by contacting | 0151 702 593


"The course has taught me to always have faith in myself. Sam made us feel so confident and welcomed and the comedy feel makes you just feel so welcomed”

Freya | Stand Out Graduate | Deyes High School

Stand Out Graduate
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