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:

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.
Tiffany Peon
project manager

Stand-Up Comedy Writing | Level I

10-week Workshop

NYC 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
 Jan 15
Tue, 6:30–9:30 pm
1450 Broadway

Stand-Up Comedy Writing | Level I

One-day Intensive

NYC info, tuition: $150
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $300 Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

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

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

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

 Jan 12
Sat, 11 am–6 pm
30 W. 16 St.