Fancy yourself as a bit of a funny person? Then why not try Stand Up Comedy at the Gaiety School of Acting!

The Gaiety School of Acting (GSA) will be running a 5-week course in Stand Up Comedy on Monday nights from 4th February until 4th March 2013. The course will take place at the school on Essex Street West, Temple Bar and will be taught by Irish comedian, Sharon Mannion.

This course is perfect for participants who wish to learn how to relax on stage and develop your own comic material. You will discover how to foster audience rapport and to present yourself with effective movement. It is an excellent way to conquer your fears and express your own unique sense of humor on stage and make people laugh.

The course culminates with a performance of participant’s own original material to a live audience in a comedy club. The graduation showcase will take place on Wednesday 6th March from 7pm. This performance will be open to the public and tickets can be purchased on at the door on the night. Previous showcase venues have included The Bad Ass Cafe in Temple Bar, Sin É and LOL @ Anseo.

For this term, the GSA is proud to announce Sharon Mannion as the new Stand Up Comedy tutor. Sharon is a well-recognized stand-up, comedy improviser and sketch writer, having been described by the London Evening Standard as ‘turbo-charged – started at fever pitch and stayed there’. She is a weekly performer with the ‘Dublin Comedy Improv’ and ‘The Craic Pack’ as well as being a founding member of the comedy sketch group ‘Ghost Train Willy’.



Sharon has won the Best Stand Up award at the Fr. Ted Festival in 2007, was a finalist in the UK and Ireland’s Funny Women Competition and was a finalist in the Bulmers International Comedy Festival for Best Newcomer. So it is fair to say, she knows how to make people laugh! She is also an accomplished actress, having appeared in ‘The Clinic’ (RTÉ), ‘Rós na Rún’ (TG4) and will appear in series 2 of Chris O’Dowd’s ‘Moone Boy’ (Sky 1) later this year.


Former GSA pupil Dermot insists ‘Stand Up Comedy was great fun. I learned loads in going up on stage to try and make people laugh. I conquered a fear and did something that I really thought that I would never do’.

For those looking for something a little more short-term or spontaneous, the GSA is also hosting a one-day masterclass in ‘Comedy Improv’ on Sunday 3rd February (10am – 5pm). GSA Tutor Donal Courtney will teach this course.

For further information on either course please call us on 01 6799277 or visit our website: