The Comedy Asylum
is a team of comedians, writers and mental health service users who
create and perform comedy shows. We’ve run workshops in a variety of community
settings around Leicester and Leicestershire for fifteen years.
Funding from the National Lottery Community Fund has enabled us to
expand our workshops across the East Midlands. We also deliver comedy courses
at several Recovery Colleges, as well as bespoke workshops in comedy,
improvisation and creative writing in inpatient mental health units.
A mental health episode can happen to any of us and we believe that when
life does take us too seriously, we need good humour more than ever. We give
people the chance to engage with comedy at all stages of their recovery.
Gee – stand-up poet
Hollins – stand-up comedian
Critchley – stand-up comedian
Dan – poet and comic
Vickers – musician
Kitson – filmmaker and web designer
Varnam – evaluation and development
Sayers – arts in mental health coordinator