THE Scarborough School of Comedy is planning a record breaking “joke-a-thon” attempt for charity.
The school, which was founded by David Nicholson last September, will be doing its bit for Comic Relief this month when it teams up with Sainsbury’s for the “Do something funny for money” campaign.
Pupils will be in Sainsbury’s store in Falsgrave Road from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Saturday, when they will attempt to set their own record for telling the most jokes in one hour while collecting donations for Comic Relief.
Mr Nicholson said: “It will be great experience for the group not only telling rapid fire jokes in public but knowing we have to keep going as fast as possible to cram all the jokes in 60 minutes.
“We want to say a massive thank you to Sainsbury’s who again are showing their support not only for Comic Relief, but for supporting so many groups in the local area such as ours and giving us the chance to bring the school out into the community.”
The record for a professional stand up comedian is 547 jokes in one hour and while the school doesn’t expect to beat that, it hopes to set its own school record which they can then attempt to beat every year.
Part of Twilight Productions the school, which is the first of its kind, meets every Monday evening at the YMCA Leisure Centre in St Thomas Street. Classes cover everything from joke telling, voices and accents, to clowning, slapstick and improvisation. It currently has 25 students aged between 11 and over 50.
Mr Nicholson, who has performed in shows for 25 years, added: “Whether it’s telling jokes as a compere or performing in comedy sketches, plays or pantomimes, there’s nothing like the feeling of making someone laugh. I’ve designed the classes to hopefully be fun but my ultimate goal is to use the many techniques of comedy to help the students gain confidence in themselves and have a laugh at the same time.”