Mulholland Academy

Comedy Technique Workshop

Comedy Technique Workshop

with Alex Murphy

We’ll be working out with improvisation, monologues, scripted sketch work, play text, and stage combat.

We will rehearse and prepare scripted sketch work for live performance in weeks 5, and each actor will be assigned a comedic short-play for performance in week 9.

The class is a chance to experiment with comedic impulse, comic timing, and then looking at character through the prism of comedy. Actors will workout with exercises that explore and experiment with comedic sensibility, and then practice committing the necessary energy. All our work will be supported with the universal rules of improvisation, conditioning yourself to be spontaneous and to “think funny,” and then to rehearse and perform selections of comic text with the necessary discipline.

We’ll also spend a portion of our time drilling and then devising moderately challenging stage combat sketches for performance.

Intermediate/Advanced. Applicants for this class must have some training back ground. Please submit resume and short motivation letter.

This Class is now Full

Sundays 3pm – 7pm (4 hours)
January 26th – March 22nd.
9 weeks course
Cost: €620 

Maximum class size: 10 students

Teacher: Alex Murphy


This class will be taught by Alex Murphy, an American actor, director and teacher. Alex appeared in the Canal +  films for lead and supporting roles:  Kiler, Mlode Wilki- Parts 1 and 2, and in a recurring role on the eastern European primetime series, Suckces. He has done over 40 plays, most of them in New York City’s Off, and Off-Off Broadway theatre scene. Alex is a lifetime member of New York City’s prestigious ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE.  Alex has worked with actors in the USA, Asia, and Europe. He has guest lectured at Film Act Paris in France, Teaterhøgskolen i Nord-Trøndelag in Norway, Hakuna Academy in Antwerp, The UP Film Institute at University of the Philippines in Manila, and, as an And/Action Festival featured mentor in Steinkjer, Norway. Alex also served as the Head of the Acting Program at The International Academy of Film and Television in Antwerp, Belgium, and in Cebu, Philippines for 9 years.