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Stand-Up Default
standup Comics say it’s the greatest high.  You step into the light, take a swig of water, pick up the mic, then reduce a crowd of people to a mass of helpless laughter.  Sure, the risks are great – silence, heckling, complete humiliation – but on a good night a stand-up feels rich enough to buy Cosby a cigar and Seinfeld a Porsche.

Performance finesse and a good crowd help, but you “kill” or “die” depending on your written material.  First, the laughs must be there on paper.  In our course, you will develop an eye for fresh ideas, an ear for well-crafted jokes, learn how to structure an act, and tailor material to your individual persona.

Whether you favor shtick or sophistication, we’ll show you how to write standup material that makes ‘em fall down laughing.

Note: The 10-week class culminates with a performance at a comedy club.

Also offered:
> TV Writing (includes Sitcom Writing)
Humor Writing


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Level I
Stand-Up Comedy Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Using a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course gives students a firm grounding in all the basics of standup comedy writing. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner.
  • Begin developing a standup act
  • Lectures on basics of standup comedy writing craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique (two times)

All Standup Comedy Writing students will be given the opportunity to perform at a New York City comedy club.

Standup Comedy I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.
(3.0 CEU)

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $420, Returning Students $390. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

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Apr 22 Tuesdays Drama Bk Shop 6:30PM - 9:30PM



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