Do you think you’re funny? Do your friends keep telling you to get on the stage? 

Put yourself to the test with comedy workshops led by professional Thanyia Moore at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. 

These workshops will teach you the basics of comedy, and are designed to build your confidence and help overcome the fear of public speaking. I spoke to Thanyia to find out all about her work…

How did you get into comedy?

I have always been on stage, since I was four, and one of my degrees is in Performing Arts, Dance and Drama. One day, a friend of mine suggested I try a comedy course because I was ‘so naturally funny’ and now, here we are.

Describe your comedy? 

Very honest story telling! 

Do you have any specific influences? 

Whoopi Goldberg is one of my inspirations - so honest, so raw, so funny!

Where do you find inspiration? 

In everyday life! Which is coincidentally where I find my material.

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?

f only there was one story. I feel like I attract all kinds of mishaps - I need my own show.

What is the worst a show has gone? 

I did a show in Streatham and around 80 per cent of the audience grew up with me and not one soul laughed. The host came on before my time and told everyone it was my first day.

As a woman with a BME heritage, what issues do you face in the industry that others probably don’t?

If ï walk into a room or on to a stage or before I open my mouth, I am judged and some people don’t want to listen. It hurts because what I have to say will educate them and it will release them from their ignorance.

Tell me about the classes you run at the arts centre

At the Bernie Grant Arts Centre I teach the basics of comedy and the importance of it being a craft (yes, it’s a craft). Also we explore timing, delivery and stage presence and how to write the ‘perfect’ joke.

Wednesday nights at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, N15 4RX. Details: 020 8365 5450