Society Spotlight: Headlights Comedy Society

The Broad’s Society Spotlights are regular articles highlighting the societies of UEA – open to any and every club and society at the university. If you want your club or society spotlighted just send us a quick message and we’ll give you all the information you need!

Headlights Comedy Society is UEA’s dedicated comedy troupe. We’ve been active for a number of years now and, in that time, we have put on dozens of performances both on campus and across Norwich, showcasing the talent of our members and hopefully making people laugh by being funny, rather than rubbish.

We give people a platform to practice their stand-up comedy routines, allowing budding young performers to show off their work to an audience and hone their skills that might one day take them to the Apollo. Or at least the Norwich Arts Centre.

If stand-up isn’t your thing, then Headlights also hosts weekly writer’s meetings every Wednesday (5-7pm) to our members the chance to bring forward their scripts and ideas for comedy sketches. If we think a sketch is good, then it will be performed in one of big shows (one at Christmas and one at Easter) and some have even been filmed and are able to view on YouTube.

A Headlights sketch is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get and some are nuttier than others. Why, just last semester, we put on a show with sketches about a support group for conspiracy theorists, a social revolution involving characters from Thomas The Tank Engine and a very, very literal take on the phrase “period drama”.

If all of that isn’t enough for you, then Headlights is also home to an extremely talented improv group that has performed improvised comedy all around Norwich, from the Hive to Gringo’s bar on Prince of Wales Road.

If you fancied giving improv a go, then why not come along to our weekly Improv sessions on Fridays (7-9pm) in the Julian Study Centre (room subject to change) and try it for yourself. Who knows, maybe you could be the next big thing in Headlights? Or you could embarrass yourself, but hey, that’d still be funny and we’re all about being funny. Headlights is a great place to come and meet fellow performers and lovers of comedy. We always put the emphasis on enjoying ourselves, because we feel that, if we’re having fun, then the audience is having fun.

If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, find us on Facebook (search “UEA Headlights Comedy Society”) or head straight to and sign up to become a member. Trust me, it’ll be the best thing you do today. Unless you win the lottery. We can’t compete with that.

Image from Headlights Facebook Page.

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