I direct full shows and offer an outside eye on shows in development
For full show direction I tend to be involved from an early stage (finding the material in the first place, helping structure/filter it) but have also come in at later stages.
Please do get in touch if you’d like to chat about yours – always happy to have a coffee or Zoom and think about your ideas and see if there might be a fit (no charge for that chat to be clear).
Currently, as well as hour long comedy shows I’d be very interested to chat about touring shows and directing shows in other areas.
My full CV is attached but recently I’ve directed shows that won the Main Prize at Leicester Comedy Festival (2023) and were nominated for it and that won the Best Newcomer Prize at the Edinburgh Fringe (2022) .. and brilliant other shows that I loved at least as much which weren’t chosen for shiny things.
I hadn't ever worked with a director and was so lucky to have Dec as my first one. He really takes care of your ideas and he pushes for the things that matter to you. Talking to him about my hour (which I was lucky enough to do for about a year) gave it so much depth and all the changes it went through made me end up making something I was really proud of. He asks all of the questions that you need to focus your ideas, and on top of that he's very funny, caring, kind and very fun to play with. Overall, a really big recommendation from me. Thank you Dec x1000.
“I had the pleasure of having Dec direct my debut Edinburgh hour. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him and he was particularly helpful in establishing a through-line and structure for the show. Whilst always amicable, I particularly appreciated his honesty and desire to push me further, whether to writing better jokes or increasing the dramatisation of a segment. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with him again and I thoroughly recommend him too!”
“Dec directed my Edinburgh debut, BADASS at the Pleasance - a disabled-led Theatre show about my experience of Bowel Cancer. He has an absolutely razor sharp eye for 'comedy gold' and is wonderfully collaborative. Most importantly for me, this was an intimate story about a real life health battle I had had, with embarrassing and personal details to mine through - and I felt consistently comfortable and supported in that working with Dec. To have a director who you can talk to openly about your body and the process of becoming disabled is really crucial for this type of story, and what we created together was really impactful - to the point where one reviewer said the show "would save lives". So please do hire Dec if you want to make a life-saving show.”
“Dec is wise, kind and knows funny. We worked together on my first Edinburgh show remotely (phone calls, sending tape) and now I have a little Dec on my shoulder that notes me every show I do. Trust him, he’s good and will make you better.”
“I cannot recommend Dec Munro highly enough. He directed my 2017 and 2018 shows and they were both all the better for it. Dec has an incredible eye for structure and for teasing out the themes when you are lost in a forest of jokes and can’t see the wood for the trees. He is also such a positive influence to have around, helping to give you a realistic idea of where you are at and what you need to do to get your show to where you want it to be. His feedback is measured, insightful, never superfluous and ALWAYS useful, in fact it’s almost annoying how much he is right about things. He has not only a great sense of comedy, but a great sense of drama and storytelling that can lift a good show and make it a much better one.”
“Dec took my show when it was a formless lump of wet cement and helped me craft it into a soaring, art-deco monument that will last for centuries, providing the authorities see fit to preserve it for the sake of generations to come. I’d have him direct my commute to work if I had the budget for it.”
“Working with Dec was a really positive experience. He has supported me with advice on the structure and content of my shows but also has been invaluable with emotional support that is needed with creating a new show. He is one of the most genuine people I’ve met within the comedy world and is totally invested in both you and what you’re trying to create. He’s a wonderful person to have in your corner.”
“The hottest young comedy director in Britain”
"Working with Dec Munro was one of the best things I ever did for my comedy career. He will see through your bullshit, he will be blunt and honest and he will make you into the best version of yourself. I am never funnier or more productive than when I am in the company of Dec.”
Stuart Goldsmith “Spoilers” Won Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival
Kuan-Wen Huang “Ilsa Formosa” Nominated for Best Show Leicester Comedy Festival
Lara Ricote “Grl, Ltn,Def” Monkey Barrel won the Best Newcomer prize at the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Awards
Sarah Mills “Badass” Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh transfer to the Pleasance London as part of their Edinburgh highlights season (and then mini tour)
Michael Akadiri “No Scrubs” Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh, nominated for the Next Up Best Show prize, UK tour
Directed Zach Zimmerman “Clean Comedy” (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe/Union Hall, New York)
Directed Mawaan Rizwan “Juice” (Edinburgh Fringe /National tour/Turned into a BBC/HBO show)
Directed Angela Barnes “Rose Tinted” (Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe / Leicester Square Theatre, London / National Tour)
Directed Alasdair Beckett-King “Mysteries” (Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival, Soho Theatre, London) https://watch.nextupcomedy.com/watch/26155025
Directed Ellie Taylor “This Guy” (Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival, Leicester Square Theatre, London, National tour)
Directed Angela Barnes, “Fortitude”, Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival, Soho Theatre, London and National tour
Directed Steve Bugeja “Summer Camp”, The Tron, Edinburgh Fringe and tour.
Directed Andrew Hunter Murray’s “Round One” (Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Soho Theatre, London)
Directed Ellie Taylor’s “Infidelliety” (Edinburgh Festival/national tour & transfer to the Soho Theatre)
Directed Sofie Hagen’s “Shimmer/Shatter” (Edinburgh Festival/International tour & transfer to the Soho Theatre)
Directed & Produced my first show: Sofie Hagen’s “Bubblewrap. It won the Foster’s prize for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh festival.
“Bubblewrap” then transferred to the Soho Theatre in London for 3 runs and was filmed for BBC – now on Netflix as part of “Live from the BBC” https://www.netflix.com/watch/80182803?trackId=13752289&tctx=0%2C4%2C3e764d07-7d71-4a2c-8f94-9bc27bba12c6-341639321%2C%2C
and also online