JUST WHAT IS PUNCHUP?
In show business, "punchup" is the process of refining the plot and dialogue of a film to make it feel more real, more entertaining. Sharp minds, honed in the crucible of live stand-up, temper the script into something better.
A zinger here, a bon mot there. Cut this, sharpen that. Move this here, put that there. It's like a tuneup, but for art.
We here at Punchup have been doing it for years. What we realised was that this process shouldn't be limited merely to the arts. Most aspects of life can benefit from some "punchup" - utilising the skills of seasoned, professional comedians to make even the mundane seem fun.
Comedy is a skill, honed over many years, which uses humour and performance to engage an audience and slip past their cynicism and defences. There is no magic to it, no mysticism, it is the application of processes to deliver a predictable result - entertainment.
These skills can be harnessed. They can be taught. They need not be restricted to the proscenium arch. If you're looking to ride the lightning and engage with a target market - be that an audience, a colleague, a client, anyone human* - then Punchup has what you need.
*Currently only humans guaranteed. Canine and reptile comedy pending.
TESTIMONIALS AND REVIEWS
'Damian Smith made it look easy, finding funny in unlikely topics - Chortle (Damo)
'A wonderful performer to match his razor-sharp writing skills' - Herald Sun (Damo)
'A major highlight was Smith's near brilliant bursts of hyper-articulate verbiage' - Herald Sun (Damo)
'Pretty damn impressive!' - Time Out (JB)
'Impeccable comic timing and an endearing quality that only few comics possess' - The West Australian (JB)
COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Punchup is a collective of professional comedians and entertainers of all creeds based in Sydney, Australia. It is headed by Damian Smith (Casey Affleck's Dorian Gray) and Jacques Barrett (if Burt Reynolds ate Ryan Reynolds)
Comedy colleagues and dear friends for over a decade, Jacques Barrett and Damian Smith have finally teamed up to form a conglomerate. A one stop shop for the world's comedy needs. Live show production, screen and speech writing, beginner workshops, and consulting for corporate speakers looking to add comedy to their arsenal.
With a combined 30 years comedy experience these boys know their stuff.