• We help important ideas to become human, engaging, and deeply funny



  • Ways to learn how to be engaging, smart and funny about stuff that matters

    Warning: Learning may include belly laughing, transformative insights, and meeting delightful, like-minded people

    Berlin, Germany

    Make the world better this Spring in Berlin


    In-person classes: Mondays (March 26, April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7), 5-7pm

    Show: Friday, May 11, 6-730pm



    Cosmic Comedy, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 41, 10178 Berlin


    How much: Regular price €299 including UST.


    Places limited. Book now.


    For whom Change agents, sustainability & CSR professionals, humanitarian workers, and anyone else trying to make a positive difference in the world.


    To book your place, either click 'book now' below or contact us and arrange for a SEPA transfer.

    London, England

    Make the world better this Spring in London


    Course from April 20 to May 27.



    Class 1 Friday, April 20, 6-830pm UK

    Class 3 Thursday, May 3, 6-830pm UK

    Class 6 Thursday, May 24, 6-830pm UK



    Class 2 Thursday, April 26, 4-515pm UK

    Class 4 Thursday, May 10, 4-515pm UK

    Class 5 Thursday, May 17, 4-515pm UK


    Show Sunday, May 27, 1900-2030 UK time. (You will need to get there earlier).



    In-person classes, 5-minute walk from London Bridge Station.

    Online via Zoom

    The show will be at the Star of Kings pub near Kings Cross Station.


    How much: £325 regular price.

    [Note: Two concessions places available per class]


    Booking deadline March 20* (Places limited, may sell out sooner).


    For whom Change agents, sustainability & CSR professionals, humanitarian workers, and anyone else trying to make a positive difference in the world.


    If you have any questions, please contact us.


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    Sustainable Stand Up: Copenhagen

    in progress


    Course is from February 19 to March 18.



    Feb 19, 1930 - 2045

    Feb 26, 1930 - 2045

    Mar 5, 1930 - 2045

    Mar 12, 1930 - 2045

    The four online classes will use Zoom (free platform).


    In-person classes

    Mar 16, 1730 - 1930

    Mar 17, 1030 - 1230

    at http://besttellers.dk/


    The show

    March 18, 1400 - 1515


    How much:

    3165 DKK (roughly £375) for the course & show


    For whom Change agents, sustainability & CSR professionals, humanitarian workers, and anyone else who is trying to make a positive difference in the world.


    If you have any questions, please contact us.


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    Australia - Melbourne

    New courses about to be launched...


    Online classes: Wednesday evenings Oz time (1930 - 2045) Jan 10, 17, (Thursday, Jan 25), and 31st,

    Coaching: 30-minutes of online individual coaching

    In-person classes: 2 in-person classes Friday February 2nd (late afternoon) and Saturday February 3rd (early evening).


    Part of the Melbourne Sustainable Living Festival.



    Sunday February 4th at the Butterfly Club. Show will be live streamed and each set placed on our Youtube channel. MC Alanta Colley.

    Australia - Canberra

    New courses about to be launched...


    Online classes: Wednesday evenings Oz time (1800 - 1915) Jan 10, 17, (Thursday, Jan 25), and 31st

    Coaching: 30-minutes of online individual coaching

    In-person classes: In-person classes on Saturday, February 10, 1030 - 1230, and Monday February 12, 1730 - 1930)

    In-person courses delivered by Phil Dooley of Phil Up on Science. Online courses taught by Belina Raffy of Sustainable Stand Up.



    Tuesday, February 13 at Smith's Alternative starting at 7pm.

  • Paying for your place on our course

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  • We do in-person, online, and in-company courses Sustainable Stand Up courses

    Here is some information and the ability to sign up

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    Sustainable Stand Up is a project by Maffick Ltd. 





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    presentation coaching, go to our Maffick site. Click here.

  • Four things

    Our project does 4 things...



    We create inspiring courses where you discover a safe environment and new friends. Where you develop and hone stand up material, in a loving, clear way, on stuff that matters.


    We showcase our course participants, as well as the best of today's and tomorrow's stand up comedy on sustainability issues.


    We help stand up comics work with the best scientists, economists & sustainability experts.


    We offer our stand up comics to major sustainability events and conferences.

  • Success stories

    Our participants include improvisers, comedians, NASA climate scientists, medical researchers, architects, military servicemen and women, and people like you. Here's what some of them say:


    "I need to reach people about the deadly serious impacts of climate change. But I don't want to drive them away with gloom and doom. Belina and my wonderfully supportive classmates helped me discover the hilarity in my work and connect with the audience about something that really matters, to me and the world."


    "I absolutely loved the supportive atmosphere and the we're all in it together mentality that was built into our class... I was able to create a solid five minute set and muster the courage to get up on that stage alone. Thank you Belina for starting my stand up journey on a high note!"


    "... gave me the confidence to get up in front of people, the tools for success in stand up and to break into doing improv. Belina is just an amazing teacher..."

  • Our online course in

    Sustainable Stand Up

    Sometimes, we run online courses


    Come connect with funny, lovely people from around the world, get some personal coaching, and do something transformative. And all in the comfort of your own laptop...


    This online workshop happens once a week for six weeks.


    This six-class plus we support you doing a local open mic show. The course is for people who do good in the world and are interested in presenting more engagingly about stuff that matters. We practice a nice, smart, engaging form of stand up comedy, coming from the ‘I’m ok, you’re ok’ space. Learn this all in the comfort of where ever your computer is. You will also be invited to perform your set at a local ‘open mic’ event.

  • More details about the in-person six-week workshop in London and Berlin

    Book your place - this is going to be awesome

    Our course...

    Whether you plan a career on the stand up stage, want to speak more powerfully on issues that matter to you, or just want to build your confidence and presence, no experience of stand up or improvisation is necessary.  Register now below.


    The introductory course focus on writing and performing stand up comedy, while using the practice of improvisation to help cultivate:

      - playfulness and creativity in crafting your material 

      - confidence and ease on stage, and

      - generosity and connection with your audience.


    It emphasises creating content that tackles the big issues in a funny, smart and loving way.


    In the workshop sessions you will:

    - with our support, develop your own 5 minute set of stand up material 

      - practice connecting with the audience in delightful, powerful and generous ways

      - introduce good mic and presentation techniques

      - explore positive ways to deal with failure and the unexpected

      - at the end of the course, showcase your set live on stage in a  theatre

  • Why do we get out of bed in the morning?

    We help people who do good in the world to do that better.


    We help people to combine stand up comedy, playfulness, content about stuff that matters, and love.

    When combined, these are wildly powerful forces to get important information across.


    Join us and stand up for things that matter.

  • The SusStandUp Team

    Let's play!

    Founder, Director

    Belina began her stand up and improv in 1996 through classes and performances in New York City, continuing her studies at the Loose Moose School of Improvisation. She performs in Baltimore, NY. London and - soon - Berlin.  She is a Director of the global Applied Improvisation Network and a consultant with an MBA. Belina spends most of her time teaching social entrepreneurs and business people improvisation skills to bring about a more delightful, sustainable form of business. 


    Advisor/Connector, UK

    Steve is a geek comedian and founder of Science Showoff (http://www.scienceshowoff.org) and Bright Club (http://www.brightclub.org). He's trained hundreds of people to be funny about science and hosts gigs all over the UK where clever folk get to make funny for the first time.


    Photo credit: Ed Moore

    Advisor, Germany
    Adam is a professional actor, improviser and stand-up for corporate audiences. He has been performing, teaching and directing since the mid 1990s, mostly in central Europe.
    With a background in psychology, he is also a presentation coach, consultant and adjunct professor who uses techniques stolen from theater to help companies and governments all over the world make their staff and customers smile. 




    Katie Goodman is an award-winning musical comic, improviser, actress, author, creative coach, and social activist. She is the author ofImprovisation For The Spirit: Live a More Creative, Spontaneous, and Courageous Life Using the Tools of Improv Comedy.” Her comedy music videos can be seen, having amassed over 1.5 million hits on Youtube. www.KatieGoodman.com



    Advisor, Climate Scientist

    Peter is the founding director of NASA’s Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Office, supporting the North American Carbon Program (www.nacarbon.org); ABoVE, the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, a major field campaign (http://above.nasa.gov); and the Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Focus Area at NASA HQ (http://cce.nasa.gov).  He's also an improviser and was part of our first show in Baltimore of Sustainable Stand Up.


    Advisor, Climate Scientist


    Pablo is Associate director for research and innovation at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. As a researcher and consultant on climate, disasters and development he has worked with over thirty organizations in more than 50 countries. His current work addresses the use of innovative tools for climate risk management – including applied improvisation for learning and managing complex dynamic systems. 



    Green building Expert/Improviser, Baltimore

    Prescott is a sustainability innovator by day, and talented improvisation performer and show director by night.  


  • The London Workshop is presented in cooperation with Sprout Ideas and The Nursery Theatre