Stand-Up Comedy Writing

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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Since taking Stand-Up Comedy with Gotham, I have been performing in and out of New York City. My payoff came when I accepted a position at ABC radio to write comedy for the morning shows for over 200 affiliates. I owe thanks to Gotham.
Drew Weisholtz
writer

Stand-Up Comedy Writing | Level I

10-week Workshop

Place & Price

  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745  Request consultation

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of stand-up comedy and gets you putting together a five-minute set, which you will perform in a club. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping and rehearsing material

Stand-Up Comedy Writing is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
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 Oct 6
Tue, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Stand-Up Comedy Writing

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Place & Price

  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The Zoom Intensives are taught via the Zoom videoconference platform.

Stand-Up Comedy Intensive topics include: understanding jokes, expanding topics, point of view, refining jokes, performing.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a Zoom Intensive one time.

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Upcoming dates to be announced.

Stand-Up Comedy Writing

One-day Intensive

Place & Price

  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $300  Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are taught in-person.

Stand-Up Comedy Intensive topics include: understanding jokes, expanding topics, point of view, refining jokes, performing.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher
Upcoming dates to be announced.