Tim Ferguson Brings The Secrets of Comedy Writing to Tassie

Press release from IClaudius Workshops

Do you have an idea for a Sitcom but don’t know where to start?

Do you want to write a comedy Feature Film?

Do you want to be a comedian?

World-renowned comedian, writer and producer, Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony Allstars, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush) is bringing his acclaimed two day comedy-writing Masterclass to Tasmania.

Many writers struggle with comedy, yet it’s a necessary skill for all writers. Until now, it has been almost impossible for Australian writers to gain knowledge and experience in comedy writing for performance and screen. ‘Despite what you might think, comedy is a craft you can learn,’ explains Tim.

‘This course lifts the veil on the world’s most popular genre for stage, film and TV.’

This unique comedy-writing Masterclass reveals the secrets of the comedy trade. Tim shows how to write jokes and funny dialogue; build comic characters; structure funny stories; and pitch concepts to the local and world market.

In a competitive industry, the Masterclass offers screenwriters an income beyond drama-writing.

‘Comedy pays better,’ says Tim, ‘and it’s more fun.’

Tim is the author of The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy (Currency Press), a ‘must have’ comedy manual for any aspiring comedian or screenwriter. As Australia’s leading comedy teacher, Tim lectures in narrative comedy and screenwriting at Melbourne’s RMIT School of Media & Communication and conducts comedy writing workshops for AFTRS, Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian Writers Guild.

Contradicting the old dictum that ‘those who can’t do, teach’, Tim is well placed to teach comedy, having toured the world performing stand-up comedy, writing and producing sitcoms and writing dozens of live stage comedy shows and TV light entertainment programmes. He has worked extensively in Britain on Channel 4, ITV and the BBC (Friday Night Live, Viva Cabaret, DAAS Love, Paul McCarthy Show, 01 For London) and has co-written Aussie sitcoms including Shock Jock, Daas Kapital,and forgettherules. Tim currently hosts ‘With Tim Ferguson’, the new political satire programme on digital Channel 31.

4 & 5 December, 9:00am – 5:00pm, Salamanca Arts Centre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart


The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy can be found at