A COMEDY course being held at Awestruck Academy is providing young comedians with a chance to improve their skills.

Viv Gee, a comedian, poet and actress who has been performing on the UK comedy circuit since 1995 will be visiting the Academy on Saturdays, starting from January 12 and until March 16 between 2.30pm and 4pm.

During the 10-week course youngsters taking part will learn skills and techniques including:

- how to write their own jokes

- how to tell funny stories

- how to deal with hecklers

- and using a microphone on stage.

They will also perform a comedy gig in front of an audience of friends and family members.

Viv Gee has previously performed at the Edinburgh Fringe a number of times since 2007.

She has taught stand-up comedy and poetry to many adult groups over the years but has also worked extensively in schools, leading classroom workshops in both performance poetry and issue based themes using drama and stand-up.

The course is suitable for anyone aged between 8 and 18.

It costs £5 per session or £30 for the full course.

Call 0141 435 7116 or search for Awestruck Academy on Facebook to book or for more information.

Alternatively, you can pop in to the academy at 36 Sylvania Way South, Clydebank, G81 1EA .