Listen for Laughs: Clown Workshop with Zach Zucker

February 18, 2024

Blue Heaven 2024

4 Hours


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Often times we enter with such strong ideas that we forget about the most important thing in the room — the audience. We either go too fast without letting them join in or we do too much and scare them off. If you let them, the audience will guide your creative process and tell you exactly what to do. 

In this workshop we focus on reading the room by slowing down, unpacking every moment, and listening for the laughs to tell us where to go. Through a series of playful exercises, games and improvised scenes, you’ll be encouraged to take risks, be impulsive, leave your bad ideas at the door, and organically build towards creating a repeatable routine onstage. 

This class is for total beginners and experienced performers — you just gotta be cool with looking silly.

ZACH ZUCKER is an award-winning performer and producer who’s been touring the international comedy circuit for the past decade. 

He is the creator of Stamptown, the alter-ego of New York’s greatest comedian Jack Tucker, and one half of Norwegian-American clown duo, Zach & Viggo. Zach has sold out shows at Netflix Is A Joke, Just For Laughs, Glastonbury, Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, O2 Arena, Comedy Central, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the West End at The London Palladium and Off-Broadway in New York City. 

As a producer he’s worked with acts such as Jordan Gray, Randy Feltface, Michelle Brasier, BriTANicK, Courtney Pauroso, Martin Urbano, Ike Ufomadu, Séayoncé and many more, with the production company receiving three Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominations and one MICF Best Show Nomination in the past two years. 

He will appear in the TBS reboot of The Joe Schmo Show, stars alongisde Kiernan Shipka in the MAX feature film Sweethearts, and recently wrapped an upcoming indie horror film Eugene The Marine alongside Jim Gaffigan.

He is a graduate of École Philippe Gaulier in France, frequently collaborates with funk-punk group, Thumpasaurus, and has taught clown workshops at UCB, The Groundling and Second City. 

Vulture’s Top Comedians You Should Know (2023)
Comedian’s Comedian Award, Chortle Awards (Jack Tucker)
Top Comedy Pick, British Comedy Guide (Jack Tucker)
Top 10 Shows of 2019, Chortle (Jack Tucker) 
New York Times Top Comedy Pick (Stamptown)
Evening Standard Top Comedy Pick (Stamptown)
Best Late Night Show In London, Chortle Awards (Stamptown)
Best Comedy Award, Adelaide Fringe (Zach & Viggo)
Best Comedy Award, Brighton Fringe (Zach & Viggo)
Critics Choice Award, Brighton Fringe (Zach & Viggo)

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