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"A great way to gain confidence as a comedian and as a writer in general. And you get to perform in two NYC comedy clubs!"
- Jonathan Carver
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"This class gives you an excellent foundation in stand-up comedy writing, plus great performance tips so you will be killing audiences in no time."
- Alejandro Borrero
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"By the last two classes you actually stand in front with a mic and the lights shining at you just like a club. You can do a routine in a real club with your other classmates (but only if you want to) and in my class everyone did it and enjoyed it."
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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, humiliation—but on a good night a stand-up feels richer than Seinfeld and Rock combined.
 
You “kill” or “die” depending on your material. Here you will learn techniques for writing and performing stand-up comedy, as well as how to market yourself.
 
Whether you favor shtick or sophistication, we’ll show you how to write standup material that makes ‘em laugh, and laugh some more.

As a bonus, the 10-week class culminates with a performance at a comedy club. Watch a recent performance:



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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.

View a course syllabus.

(3.0 CEU)

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $425, Returning Students $395. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

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Jul 7 Tuesdays Drama Book Shop 6:30PM - 9:30PM



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