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:

An excellent intro to writing and performing comedy, and the opportunity to perform your work in front of peers and people at a similar level is well worth the price.
Kantad Svendsgaard
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Stand-Up Comedy Writing | Level I

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
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 9
Tue, 6:30–9:30 pm
Drama Book Shop

Stand-Up Comedy Writing | Level I

One-day Intensive

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

One-on-One tuition: $250 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 13
Sat, 11 am–6 pm
30 W. 16 St.