Written By Jim Bayes – Leeds Comedy Coach

They say the best things in life are free, I don’t know who this “they” are but I reckon they, like me, were probably from Yorkshire. Sadly though very little in life is free so imagine my shock when I met Lisa from Ultra Events and she assured me the Ultra Comedy course was… and still is, absolutely free.

Jim Bayes Ultra Comedy Coach
Jim Bayes Ultra Comedy Coach

Naturally one would expect there to be a catch, but there is no catch, you get 8 weeks of training with a professional comedian like myself who has been involved in comedy since 2003 and have been performing since 2011…. With breaks, I’m not going for some kinda longest gig ever world record!!!

We would need you to commit to as many of the 8 weekly sessions as possible, no point in learning a new skill, and I would insist comedy writing is a skill. If you can’t make more than half the sessions… you wouldn’t want to ride a bike with one stabiliser on, would you? Maybe you would but that would be odd, and it’s a free comedy course, not a free half-course if you can but you’re attending your parrot’s bar mitzvah in week 2, you have a hair appointment in week 3, you fancied a day off in week 5 and your cousins are getting married in week 7… hopefully not to each other, this isn’t Grimsby! (Not that Grimsby, the one in the southern USA.. honest).

When you sign up you will need to commit to raising some much needed funds for Cancer Research UK too because we don’t just do free comedy out of the goodness of our hearts, we do free comedy for charity out of the goodness of our hearts!

Once you’re signed up you will have to shift some tickets to make sure the comedy showcase gig has an audience, then get working on your comedy set with guidance, support and tutoring… and trust me anyone can create a comedy set, learn how to perform it and make an audience laugh with a little help, it’s really not as scary as I look.

For more details and to see what else you can do for a great cause get yourself on to the Ultra Events page and sign up now!

Sign up to start your Ultra Comedy journey today

Ultra Comedy will give you a unique way to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Lots of people run marathons and do bungee jumps to raise money for charity, with Ultra Comedy you will receive 8 weeks of FREE comedy coaching to build your confidence. The crowd at our events will be full of people who are there supporting their friends so not give you a tough time and you will have an incredible experience.

The Cancer Research UK team
The Cancer Research UK team

When you sign up you will receive an email from Cancer Research UK with details of how to set up your Just Giving page. We have a unique relationship with Cancer Research UK which means from the second you sign up you will have full support from 5 dedicated staff at CRUK to help you with your fundraising. Here are a few examples of how they can help:

  • Send you charity buckets for local fundraising.
  • Help with any JustGiving queries.
  • Send out T-shirts for you to promote your fundraising.
  • Answer any fundraising-related questions that you may have.

Ultra Events and Cancer Research UK will be with you right through your comedy and fundraising journey to support and help you with anything you need to ensure you have a brilliant experience and raise as much money as possible to help beat cancer sooner.

Sign Up For Ultra Comedy 

Ultra Comedy offers people 8 weeks of completely free comedy coaching. You will meet as a group with a professional comedian once a week to be given tuition on how to deliver your lines and perform in front of a crowd. Across the 8 weeks, your confidence will grow and you will feel at ease performing in front of people ready for your big night.

Everyone taking part is expected to sell some tickets for the big night as your friends, relatives and work colleagues will make up the audience at the event. This makes for a brilliant supportive crowd for your first ever gig and your friends will attend an amazing comedy night with around 20 different acts that have all trained together but will deliver totally different, diverse sets ensuring that the night is hilarious.

Ultra Comedy - 8 Weeks free comedy course
Ultra Comedy Cardiff Comedy Group

It’s also a great way to raise money for charity with Ultra Events having raised over £22Million for Cancer Research UK, you will become part of that and add to that incredible total to help beat cancer sooner.

The process is really simple:

  • Sign up here.
  • Join the Facebook group for more information. A direct link will be sent to you.
  • Attend a registration meeting for information and to ask any questions.
  • Start coaching.
  • Sell some tickets.
  • Raise some money for CRUK.
  • Learn to be funny throughout the training.
  • Take part in an amazing event and have an incredible experience whilst making everyone laugh.
  • Continue being funny and continue on your path as a professional comedian.

Sign up today to start your journey

Do you still need some convincing? Check out some photos from a mixture of our amazing events across the United Kingdom.