Teacher Resources

Are You Trying To Be Funny – Notes for Comedians Trying To Be
is freely available to teachers. You can download from here by providing us with a few details in the form below.

These notes, prepared especially for Class Clowns by Ian McFadyen (The Comedy Company, The Wedge) provide a chirpy overview of comedy in history and various comic genres, as a way into a series of extensive discussions about how to help your students write good comedy. Updated by our Education Programs Producer, they provide a wealth of historical information, research activities and performance tasks to help students write, analyse and create good comedy.


'Class Clowns really empowers students and boosts their confidence.'
- Maggie Bainbridge, Buckley Park Secondary College (VIC)




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Karin Farrell

Producer: Education and Development Programs


Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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