Jill Edwards
The UK's leading comedy coach

Jill Edwards blazed the trail by creating her original groundbreaking UK stand-up comedy course at London's City Lit in 1994. In 1996 Time Out's Malcolm Hay hailed Jill's comedy course as "the place to go for anyone with serious hopes of getting their act together." Her City Lit stand-up comedy classes also received a special mention from Ofsted. Jill has gone from strength to strength over 25 years creating innovative stand-up courses, fresh comedy training and exciting comedy nights both nationally and Internationally. Jill moved to Brighton and blazed the trail again in 2005 by creating the original and the best Brighton stand-up comedy course, and Comic Boom comedy club, at multiple award winning comedy venue Komedia Brighton. 

Over twenty-five years of teaching stand-up Jill has trained some of the UK's top award winning television comedians, including Shaparak (Shappi) Khorsandi, Simon Evans, Shazia Mirza, Hal Cruttenden, Francesca Martinez, Jimmy Carr and his agent Hannah Chambers. Brighton's own Seann Walsh, Angela Barnes, Paul McCaffrey and Romesh Ranganathan. Writers including, Time Out's Tim Arthur, best seller Jenny Colgan and Brighton's "Being Human" creator/writer Toby Whithouse.

Jill was the BBC's chosen Comedy Coach in the South for their "Comic Relief" project. She mentored Brighton's BBC Radio Sussex presenter Neil Pringle with individual stand up comedy lessons, and appeared in BBC One's documentary "Stand-Up for Comic Relief."

In twenty-five years of corporate training Jill has shown a wide range of professionals across the board how to use humour to deliver confident, memorable and engaging presentations that stand out from the crowd, including Imperial College, Oxford University and the Home Office.

During her years as an established professional stand-up comic - and as one half of comedy duo PEP TALK - Jill toured nationwide, appearing regularly at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on the national and London comedy circuit at the major venues, as well as in radio, television and film. Jill wrote the comedy material and shows for PEP TALK. After her first feature film script sold in a bidding war, she also became a professional writer, represented by The Rod Hall Agency.

Jill Edwards stand-up comedy courses are based right at the heart of Brighton's thriving comedy scene in Chortle's "best comedy venue in the South" Komedia Brighton, which is also the home of Jill's legendary monthly comedy club "Comic Boom."

Stand-up Comedy Courses

Jill Edwards stand-up comedy courses are the most established comedy courses in the UK over 25 years. They have a proven and continuous track record of success since 1994… Find out more about Jill's Comedy Courses...

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Romesh Ranganathan

I wouldn't be a professional comic if it wasn't for Jill Edwards. I felt like I had hit a plateau. After my first lesson with Jill, things just moved on immediately. People were telling me I'd improved hugely and I was being offered…

Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops graduate and award winning TV comedian Romesh Ranganathan  

Jimmy Carr

People say comedy can’t be taught. They could learn a lot from Jill Edwards

Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops graduate and award winning TV comedian Jimmy Carr

Angela Barnes

I cannot recommend Jill Edwards’ stand up course highly enough. It’s incredibly valuable in getting you started.This comedy course can change your life, and I sincerely mean that.

Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops graduate award winning Radio and TV comedian Angela Barnes

University of Oxford

I had tremendous feedback from the event - we were amazed by how much we learnt about how useful comedy can be. Jill put it across really well, and with great humour 

Judith Secker, Professional Development Adviser, University of Oxford

Sheila’s Wheels

I’ve been hosting PR events with journalists for almost 9 years and this was the best one by far. At first I thought everyone would need a lot of encouragement – and alcohol – to stand up and take centre stage but I couldn’t have…

Niki Bolton, Corporate Communications Manager, Sheila’s Wheels

Legal & General

"I thought it was a really good day, and took away a few things to work with and a confidence boost. I wasn't the only one. Jill was great. She gave lots of techniques to work with, created a safe space to practise in, and was really…

Paula Cox, Learning & Development Consultant, Legal & General

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