Neuro-Story-telling

The more I do leadership development and presentation training, the more I find them [...]

Sincere

I read this fascinating article about Steve Coogan and the changing emphasis of his work. In it, he says, “It’s tiring to never be sincere. It’s tiresome and tiring, and ultimately not very satisfying.” Yes, I notice plenty of people in comedy moving in later life towards something else. For me, the story has [...]

neilmullarkey at TEDx

This was a step into the relatively unknown for me. Talking seriously about myself and my work. I talk about my first encounters with improv, that has become a life-long love affair. I continue to perform with The Comedy Store Players but nowadays I spend most of my time teaching the skills and drills of [...]

The Secret of Comedy

I was asked by a newspaper to write about the Secret of Comedy, summed up on one word, explained in 150. Here is what I came up with. What do you think?

The Secret of Comedy … is Listening

Whatever kind of comedy you are performing – solo or ensemble – you need to listen – to [...]

Why I've ended up here

Last week I did my improv workshops for three different organizations. This is what I do much of the time. I love it. I had a thought today about why I feel so comfortable spreading the message.

Improv is about listening. It explicitly recognises that we have different perceptions but that we can still work together. [...]