Contact Me and Comedy CV

Al Cowie – Comedian, Presenter, After Dinner Speaker, Improviser, Actor, Writer. And Possessor of a Kitchen Sink…

Call me on – 07740 255 446
Email me – al {at} llaugh.com

           I am London based and have a car.

My Comedy CV is below, my Improv CV is below that.

Comedy CV

Al has opened, compered and headlined at gigs both internationally and at major venues across the country.

Having shared a bill with acts from Mitch Benn, Robin Ince, Trevor Lock, Simon Evans and Felix Dexter, and with appearances on Film, TV and radio, he is a rising comedic star and a quality compere.

In August 2012 he went to Chicago, where he spent 3 months of intensive improvised comedy training at Second City, iO and the Annoyance Theater.

At the Edinburgh Festival 2010 Al hosted a 44 run show with the cream of the Fringe (see http://www.LLAUGH.com/edfringe.html ) and at the 2011 Festival he performed in a phenomenal 100 shows in 20 days.

Patrick Monahan – (Al has) funny bones and a great charm on stage
Marcel Lucont – Al was just too popular!
Norman Lovett – Al Cowie is one of the best comperes I have ever worked with

Al was recently the warm up act for Adam Bloom and is resident compere at several London comedy clubs.

Al has a tight 25 minute set and is a strong choice for opening, compering or headlining any gig.

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Improv CV

Improv and acting performance

* Final Vicar – Uberto Pasolini’s “Still Life” (2013) with Eddie Marsan and Joanne Froggatt
* Frank Sinatra man – John Stanley’s Frank Sinatra documentary (2014)
* Festival reporter – Norman Bates’s HCT TV advert

* 2 Person Improvised Comedy Theatre – with Luisa Omielan (who recently had a sell out, extended run at the Soho Theatre for her show “What Would Beyonce Do?”) since 2013
* Member of Improv group “Jury Service” – one of the Wilmops House Teams, since 2012

Improv and acting training

3 Months intensive training in Chicago (Summer / Autumn 2012), at
Second City, iO, The Annoyance, ComedySportz
– including the following

* Second City
– Scenic Improv – Rachael Mason (Head of the Advanced Improv Program)
– Acting for Improvisers – Rachael Mason
– Dramatic Improv – Rachael Mason
– Long form intensive – Susan Messing and Rachael Mason

* iO
– Level 2, Ensemble Work – Susan Messing
– Level 3, Scenic Improvisation – Colleen Doyle and Jason Shotts

* Annoyance
– Level 2, Level 3, and Week Long Intensive – Mick Napier (Annoyance founder), Mark Sutton, Rebecca Sohn and Susan Messing

* ComedySportz (Short Form Improvisation – Who’s Line is it Anyway style games)
– Levels 2, 3 and 6

Back in the UK:
* Solo Improvisation – Andy Eninger (Head of Writing Program at Second City) (2013)
* Los Angeles style Long Form – Mark Beltzman (2013)
* Improvised Shakespeare – Sean McCann (2013)
* Montreal Style Improv – Brent Skagford (2012)
* Long Form improvisation, Levels 1-3 – David Shore (2011-12)
* Improv for Stand Up – Rob Broderick (2010)
* Status and Solo performance – Hoopla (2012)

Acting / Improv
– Dramatic and Acting for Improvisers – Rachael Mason (covering Meisner, Stanislavski, Adler, Strasberg, Spolin, Suzuki, View Point, Method, Character and more) at Second City (2012)
– Intro to Stanislavsky – Terry Smith at City Lit (2011)
– Escuela de Teatro de Buenos Aires (1999)

Physical theatre
* Clowning days – John Wright (2013)
* Mime and Physical Theatre, week intensive – Desmond Jones (Desmond has been teaching for 40 years, amazing man and amazing week) (2012)
* Clowning, week intensive – SpyMonkey (2012)

Stand up
I’ve been doing stand up 4-5 nights a week for 4 years, including 2 full run Edinburghs – in 2011, I performed in 100 shows in 20 days.

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Miscellaneous

– Sketch Writing, Monologue Writing, Late Night TV Talk Show Writing, Sitcom Writing, and Film Treatment Writing – (2012) Nate Herman at iO (who used to be head writer at Saturday Night Live) (2012)
– Solo Sketch Writing and Performance – Michael Lehrer at iO (2012)
– Second City Writing 1, week intensive – Joe Janes (who wrote a comedy sketch a day for a whole year!) at Second City (2012)
– Comedy Song Writing – Geoff Bouthiette (Head of the Music Program) at Second City (2012)

my casting portfolio of photos with the Eye

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