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"I recommend the class for anyone even the slightest bit curious about what it's like to be a stand-up comedian."
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"You don't need to know anything going into the course and you can still come out feeling like you're ready to try performing at some open mics."
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"I learned how to harness my sense of humor and translate it into the art of stand-up comedy."
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Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
Stand-Up NYC
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. Watch a recent performance.

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.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 13 Tuesdays Drama Book Shop 6:30PM - 9:30PM


Stand-Up Comedy Writing | Intensive
 

How much can you learn in one day? Plenty. As you will discover in one of our One-Day Intensives in New York City.

The One-Day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses. You are immersed in a topic through a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve just learned.

The Intensives provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.

Students come from all over the world for our One-Day Intensives. You're likely to be sitting near NYC locals as well as people from such far-flung places as Texas, Egypt, and Japan. (NYC Hotel Information.)

Intensives are open for writers of any level.

We offer an online version of an Intensive, a three-week Character course.

We also offers two and four-week seminars, including: How to Get Published, Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction, How to Blog, and Nonfiction Book Proposal.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.



Topics include: joke formula, mining a subject, comedy tricks, writing for persona, the business
New York City Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 25 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 10 Saturday 30 W. 16 St. 11:00AM - 6:00PM



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