Comedy classes anyone? Here are some you can take in New York
Spring is here, you know what that means? Great weather and tons of comedy classes are available in New York. Just about every comedy club seems to be offering up some classes and there are even some free ones online. So lets get it started, here are some classes geared towards making you more funny and more confident.
The Stand Comedy Club
Joe Matarese will be teaching a class at The Stand this spring. Matarese is a professional comedian who has appeared on TV many times and always gets the big laughs. His class begins Monday, April 1st and runs from 6pm to 8pm. It is a four-week course with a graduation show! Classes are $300, but you can sign up for a $100 deposit. Space is limited so jump in.
Gotham Comedy Club
Gotham offers a wide variety of classes from Stand-Up to Comedy Career to an Industry Seminar, and more. The classes range from free to $375. Classes are taught by Jim Mendrinos and Eddie Brill, both are professionals that will bring you top notch lessons. Be sure to checkout the many classes they offer and take note of when they start, some are to be announced while others have already started. Get involved, there is a class for everyone of any level here!
The Comedy Cellar
The Comedy Cellar offers classes to different levels of comedians, beginning with level one for those with no stand up experience. The courses are 8 weeks long, meeting once a week, and includes two performances. There is a level one class, a level two, and finally a invited advanced class. Classes are $450 but you get a lot for what you pay for including, DVD’s of your performances, and eight 3 hour classes. The classes are taught by Rick Crom who truly knows his stuff within the industry and has been featured on a number of TV shows. This is a great class to get involved in, so get to it!
Carolines offers a six week long class that features graduation show. There are different levels, however, level 1 starts April 30th and runs from 7 to 9:30. Carolines also does private coaching sessions as well, which is very cool and different. The classes are taught by Linda Smith who is a veteran within the business of comedy. Classes are $395 which include a graduation show at Caroline’s and a free DVD of your performance. It’s a way to get your comedy career started.
The Comic Strip
The Comic Strip offers a 8 week stand up comedy workshop. The class has been featured in Readers Digest and The New York Times. The class offers lessons on writing sitoms and movies, as well as, free admission to the club while you are enrolled. You also will get a DVD of your performance at the graduation show! Classes are taught by DF Sweedler who is well known around the comedy industry. The price isn’t listed but you can call or email for more information. Get involved!
American Comedy Institute
Stephen Rosenfield, who has awards in both writing and directing comedy, teaches the American Comedy Institute class. In his class you will learn how to develop your own persona as well as learn structures of writing comedy. The classes offered are the three week and five day workshops, which are priced at $450. This is a great class to jump into to build your comedy résumé and get started on your future in comedy.
There are countless other class, many of them just as good as these. It truly comes down to your preference of venue, teacher, and comedy style. It’s important to look the teachers up before hand, see if they make you laugh or if you think it’s not for you. Furthermore there are a number of free ones on the Internet, which are great, however you do not get the personal attention many people like. All right, now that these are planned out, get signed up and get that comedy career moving!