Want to be more confident and engaging when you give presentations or do public speaking? Luxembourg-based women’s comedy festival Festrogen is offering a series of professional development workshops aimed at women and non-binary people that could help.
On Saturday 28 October, professional comedians Erin Crouch and Anshita Koul will give a workshop in joke-writing for beginners, explaining the techniques for finding the funny in the everyday and formulating it into jokes.
During the afternoon, UK-based comedian Mel Byron will lead a workshop on how to MC an event and do crowd work. The four-hour session will introduce core techniques for moderating an event but it will also help participants explore what is funny and engaging about themselves.
The festival finishes with a standing up to imposter syndrome, a mental health workshop on Sunday 29 October led by psychologist and comedian Alexandra Nives. The workshops will provide concrete steps for tackling imposter syndrome in the world of comedy and performance.
You don’t need to have done comedy before to be able to participate in the workshops. Just bring an openness to learn and be vulnerable.
And if you need a laugh (who doesn’t) Festrogen is organising two professional shows the same weekend, which are open to everyone.
Mel Byron will perform her popular Edinburgh Fringe show: Old Movies Saved My Life: 2, at 20:30 on 27 October.
And on the evening of 28 October, you can catch the Festrogen Festival Team’s Comedy Gala Show Comedy Coven.
Festrogen Festival is part of not-for-profit Laughs In Translation. It was founded in 2022 to offer training and a platform to help level the gender playing field for women and non-binary people in comedy. In 2023, the Ville de Luxembourg became an official partner. The October 2023 event marks the fourth edition.