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The Actors’ Intensive Comedy with Sue Collins


TBC, 4 Tuesday Evenings

The Art of Comedy

This four week intensive comedy course is aimed at professionals and non-professionals. The four three hour workshops cover all aspects of the comedy business including comedy writing for stage and screen, performance, production and creating your own platform.

The course also focuses heavily on comedy improv and is tailored for individuals who would like to find their own comedy voice through improvisation and group work. So, if you see yourself as a stand-up , comedy writer or you just simply want to have some fun, this is the course for you. It’s also a great follow on if you have taken the class with Sue before to keep you comedic muscles flexible.

Course Content:

  • A focus on finding your unique writing voice and then honing your writing to better support it.
  • An in-depth exploration of crafting jokes as the building blocks of comedy.
  • An emphasis on the balance between discovering the comedy in your writing and then clarifying and refining exactly WHAT your comedy/sketch is about.
  • Learning the ELEMENTS of what makes good comedy work and applying those elements to your own writing.
  • Performance coaching where your ideas are developed.

Lead Tutor: Sue Collins

Sue Collins will lead The Art of Comedy masterclass. Sue co-founded ‘The Nualas’ in 1995, an act which became a huge success until they disbanded in late 2001. During this time, The Nualas performed all over the world, most notably The Royal Albert Hall London, a sell-out seven week run at The Irish Arts Centre, New York, The Edinburgh Festival and The Olympia Theatre in Dublin as well as other venues across the UK, Ireland, Australia and Asia. They appeared on television and radio programmes (The Ned Sherrin Show, Edinburgh Nights, The Arts Show BBC World Service) and wrote and performed two six-part series for BBC Radio Four. The Nualas reformed in 2010 and have been touring Ireland successfully for the last couple of years including an appearance with their huge comeback hit comedy song ‘Yummy Mummy blues’ on The Late Late show for RTE.
As a solo artist, Sue regularly wrote and performed sketches on the radio show ‘Stand-up sketches’ for RTE radio, plus a half hour comedy special The Plunkett-Murphys in the ‘Stand-up story’ series for RTE, a one woman comedy show Only Gorgeous and produced and toured with Funny Girls, an all-woman comedy show, performing her latest creation ‘Carmel’ which she also brought to The Cat Laughs comedy festival and most recently she appeared on ‘Liffey Laughs’ (RTE). Sue is a founder member and guest improviser with The Dublin Comedy Improv and contributed to ‘The Village’ magazine as their resident comedy columnist. She co-starred in the female version of Neil Simon’s ‘The Odd Couple’ which toured Ireland.
Television credits include Raw (RTE), Soupy Norman (RTE), Raising Children, The School Run (TV3), Badly Drawn Roy (BBC), vexed for (BBC). Sue starred in RTE’s new mock-doc comedy Inside the Crystal Ball with Pat Shortt and featured in the long running comedy show Mattie . She most recently appeared in The Center for RTE as Kathleen.


  • TBC, 4 Tuesday Evenings
  • WEEK 1> Tues 7th March 6.30pm until 9.30pm
    WEEK 2> Tues 14th March 6.30pm until 9.30pm
    WEEK 3> Tues 21st March 6.30pm until 9.30pm
    WEEK 4> Tues 28th March 6.30pm until 9.30pm

Class times:

  • 6.30pm – 9.30pm


  • €95 members / €120 Non-Members
  • €50 Deposit


  • Filmbase, Temple Bar, Curved street

To book your place on this course, please contact Filmbase Reception on 01 679 6716 and dial 0. For more information on this course, email our Training Department at Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking a course.