The Cardiff Comedy Festival was set up in 2010 to showcase established, mainly Welsh, acts, and to nurture new talent. The scheme is all about finding within young people (primarily 14-19 year olds) the ability to make others laugh whilst educating them about what comedy is, whilst helping them improve their presentation and language skills.
The workshops are across two days, between 22-25 July between 11-4pm at Cardiff Central Library. They are conducted by comedians Scott Fitzgerald, Matt Price, Johnny Disco and Matt Drayton who have supported comedians such as Ardal O'Hanlon and performed at prestigious shows including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Within the workshops the team will help the young individuals develop material and writing, stage craft, turpitude and interaction. All leading towards performing at 'The Big Gig' on Saturday 26th July. All of the workshop attendees will be given the opportunity to perform with one of the pro comics. The gig is free, and starts at 7pm again at Cardiff Central Library
Katrina Rohman, Marketing and Strategy Officer for FCC in Wales, said “I’m extremely excited about Foster Care Cooperative supporting the Cardiff Comedy Festival Youth Workshops this year. Many of the skills the comics are trying to impart are important to all teenagers, but especially to those in foster care who may have lack of confidence or those who are looking for an outlet to express their experiences. Plus comedy brings out the most satisfying emotion - laughter or joy.”