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."