International Storytelling Festival Singapore 2021


Pitching for Laughs
Public Speaking Lessons From Stand-up Comedians

Artur Akhmetzyanov

Sat 26 June 2021
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Living Room, The Arts House (Map)

For adult participants ages 18 years old and above.

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How can a few laughs help you to better connect with your audience, especially when you’re making a persuasive pitch? Award-winning comedian and former venture capitalist and start-up founder Artur Akhmetzyanov will share his top public speaking tips and show you how to add humour to give your next corporate presentation or fundraising pitch a boost. This workshop combines theory with practical exercises to help improve your public speaking and storytelling skills.

Corporate Sector, Leadership & Organisations, Educators, Management & Administration Sector, Academics


  • Understand why humour helps you to engage your audience
  • Discover public speaking tips and tricks that stand-up comedians use
  • Learn how to incorporate comedic writing in your presentations

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Analyse other people’s work and see the comedic devices in action
  • Apply basic comedy writing skills, even if you’ve never done it before
  • Improve presentations through short intense writing and speaking challenges


Photography & Video Recording Rules:

  • Unauthorised video and audio recording is not permitted for this event.
  • Photography without flash and without disrupting the artists/event is permitted within reason.

Admittance Rules:

  • All patrons are required to purchase tickets for admission.
  • Admission is subject to proof of tickets purchased.
  • Latecomers advisory: All latecomers must wait for suitable cue for seating.
  • No refunds, no exchange of tickets.


Artur Akhmetzyanov
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Artur Akhmetzyanov (Singapore)

Artur Akhmetzyanov is the winner of the 2018 Bangkok International Comedy Competition and Singapore’s only Russian comedian. He has performed live in Asia and Australia and has opened for international comedians including Neal Brennan and Jinx Yeo. He has been a part of festivals including Magners International Comedy Festival and Singapore Comedy Fringe. He also speaks and does workshops on using comedy in public speaking and brand storytelling.