How much of a Cheeky Monkey is Tim Ferguson?

Book Cover for Tim's bookCheeky enough to write a book dubbed “a practitioner’s guide to the art of comedy writing”, definitely. He’s certainly been around a lot of comedy in his time – well remembered as “the good-looking one” of the Doug Anthony Allstars, Tim has appeared at over twenty international comedy festivals.

He has also written, produced, directed or performed in dozens of TV series in Australia and the UK. He’s even done musical theatre as Frankenfurter (Rocky Horror) and Potiphar (Technicolour Dreamcoat), which has to be good for a few laughs.

Currently one of Australia’s busiest corporate event performers, Tim also lectures in comedy and screenwriting at RMIT University School of Media & Communication, Melbourne and conducts the Cheeky Monkey Comedy Courses worldwide.

So, he probably knows a thing or two. He’s currently touring to promote his book, The Cheeky Monkey: Writing Narrative Comedy, so you can go and listen to what he’s got to say about his theories of comedy. Here’s what the book promises:

Seeded with exercises to aid the developing comedy writer, this book will help you to:
Write jokes
Create funny stories
Build comic characters
Develop a sitcom
Sell your sitcom to producers and TV networks

Many of Tim’s techniques can also be applied to film, stage, stand-up or indeed any form of comedy. You’ll make ’em laugh before you know it.

This flagrant revelation of trade secrets has been greeted with a certain level of industry outrage:

Tim Ferguson – Cheeky Monkey from Currency Press on Vimeo.

You can also get a sneak preview from these links below:

Tour Dates

Currently in Western Australia giving a masterclass as part of the Wild West Comedy Fest
(registration deadlines have already passed)

  • THURSDAY JUNE 17
    Function: Lunchbox/Soapbox series
    The Wheeler Centre
  • JUNE 19-20: Noosa Long Weekend Festival
    Saturday: Celebrity Luncheon with Tim Ferguson, 12pm, Berardo’s Restaurant, Hastings Street
    Sunday: Comedy Writing Workshop with Tim Ferguson – Noosa Art Theatre
    Time: 9:30am to 5pm
  • JULY 3
    GNW (Good News Week)
    Sydney
  • SAT 14 AND SUN 15 AUGUST
    AFTRS open channel
    narrative comedy writing course
    Melbourne
  • SAT 21 AND SUN 22 AUGUST
    AFTRS open channel
    narrative comedy writing course
    Melbourne

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