International Storytelling Festival Singapore 2021

Lecture Presentation

Pitching for Laughs
Public Speaking Lessons From Stand-up Comedians

Artur Akhmetzyanov

Sat 26 June 2021
8:00pm – 9:00pm SGT (Convert Time)
Online via Zoom
SGD 10

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
  • Get writing & speaking assignment to practise and improve presentations after the session


Photography & Video Recording Rules:

  • Unauthorised video and audio recording of this lecture presentation is strictly not permitted for this event.

Admittance Rules:

  • All patrons are required to purchase tickets for admission on Zoom. 
  • Each patron must have their own ticket. 
  • Patrons will be admitted at each session using the name and email address provided when purchasing tickets.
  • The lecture presentation will be recorded for archival purposes and may be used as marketing for future editions of the Festival. All recordings will remain with the Festival and not available for dissemination.
  • The lecture presentation is a one-time livestreamed event. Recorded versions of completed livestreamed events will not be made available to patrons.
  • Latecomers will be admitted at suitable intervals to minimise disruption to the lecture presentation.
  • No refunds, no exchange of tickets.


  • Use a laptop or computer (rather than a mobile device) for a better experience.
  • Please be in a quiet area with minimal background noise or disruptions where possible.


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.