Forbes Street and Celtic Circle offering comedy workshop for seniors

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW – The Forbes Street Presenters Society and The Celtic Circle are encouraging seniors to laugh at their experience of growing old, and get others laughing with them.

Judy Hughes was stage-ready when the Forbes Street Presenters Society and The Celtic Circle announced their latest project, a comedy workshop for seniors. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS 

They’re collaborating to offer a comedy workshop for anyone 55 years or older with no experience required.

“They’re going to find their funny,” Judy Hughes, Forbes Street Presenters Society chair, said.

Over the course of 10 weeks, they want to teach seniors how to put together a five-minute stand-up routine featuring their view, stories and whatever gets them chuckling.          

They’re hoping to see at least 40 sign up to develop their humour, and gain stage presence.

In order to learn how to work the stage, they want to take the group out into the community at seniors’ facilities, when they’re ready.

Every three weeks, they plan to bring in a professional comedian to offer advice and a critique. They’re still in the process of booking the comedians.

All of it is leading to a finale called “The Senior Experience” which will be filmed.

The practices and workshops with comedians will be a closed set until the group is stage-ready.  

The program gives seniors a chance to laugh at what can be an unhappy experience, Joan Krawczyk with The Celtic Circle said.

“Everyone can be funny, but you have to look for it,” Krawczyk said.

It’s also a chance to offer the community more things to do in the area, Jannine Howell, founder of the Celtic Circle, said.

“It’s a way to get them out and socializing,” she said. “If someone is looking at here to retire, we want to show them there’s things to do.”

They’re hoping to have the workshop start in early April.

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Organizations: Forbes Street Presenters Society

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