June Diamond writes:
The Litfest got off to a flying start with a comedy workshop led by Mike Nelson. They say stand-up is the latest performance art, and a full house of participants aged between 16 and 60+ attested to its popularity.
As you might expect, Mike facilitated the workshop with humour, and also warmth, expertise and support. Ice-breakers were followed by presentations on the structure of jokes, using the microphone, and other information essential to budding comedians. The session ended with a brief set from each participant. Keep going, if you can, for three minutes, was the advice. “That’s what my girlfriend tells me," said one comedian.
I was amused, inspired and touched by the sheer creativity shown by everybody involved. It’s interesting how immersion in such an experience changes the world around one. I walked out of the workshop to go to the toilet and walked into a broom cupboard by mistake.