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Happy Holidays Comedy Fan!
Well, the wait is over. New dates for the Stand-Up Comedy Level One: Writing class are here! We’ll meet on Mondays January 7, 21 & 28 from 5:30-7:30 @ Zanies in Nashville. The investment is $200 total. Gift certificates can be purchased if you would like someone to play Santa Claus.
E-mail me at comedyhomework @ aol com if you would like to officially register with:
1. Your full name
2. Your cell #
3. Preferred method of payment (check, Paypal, credit/debit card, cash)
4. A brief note describing any performing or writing experience
5. A link to any youtube video of you performing
The Stand-Up Comedy Level One: Writing class is the foundation for beginners and intermediate comics. In this class we learn over a dozen techniques comics use to make material solid and consistent. We watch comics on Letterman and break down why they make certain choices. We write jokes and have an opportunity to share in class. We don’t get onstage, however. So it’s a pressure-free environment where you can speak up as much (or as little) as you like.
As an added bonus, this class comes with a “Lifetime Warranty”. Once you’ve paid for the class you can attend any and all following writing class sessions at no extra charge. So you can apply the knowledge as you progress through the ranks of comedy to make it a custom fit every time!
The Stand-Up Comedy Level Two: Performance classes are tentatively scheduled for Mondays in February 2013. We’ll meet three times in this class and the investment is $200 total. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Stand-By Performance Class” if you would like to be on the stand-by list.
The Performance class is designed to get you onstage. We experiment with voices, act outs, impressions, emotion and other performance techniques to make your material pop. You will also get lots of feedback on the material you present from myself and the other students.
In this class you will begin to develop a 3 minute set you can use as your graduation piece at Zanies.
You are encourage to bring a recording device to these sessions so you can watch it back later and take additional steps to improve your performance.
Intro to Improv Comedy Level One: Games
We will sample many of the games you have seen on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” as well as many you may have never seen. You’ll learn the ground rules that apply to Improvisational Comedy. You’ll be onstage a LOT and will learn to trust your instincts.
You’ll also benefit if you are pursuing stand-up comedy. All of the games in this course can be applied to writing and developing your material. Many students develop characters and bits that they integrate into their act.
The Intro to Improv Comedy Level One: Games classes are tentatively scheduled for Mondays in February or March 2013. We’ll meet three times in this class and the investment is $200 total. E-mail me at email@example.com with “Intro to Improv Class” if you would like to be on the stand-by list.
The Bu$ine$$ of Comedy Seminar
You will learn more about the business side of being funny in this session than some comics learn in their entire career. You can take this class without any experience. It is a real eye opener into the world of comedy as a living. Among other topics, we’ll discuss …
What goes in my promo kit?
When should I approach the clubs?
How do I get in with bookers?
How do I promote myself? Do I need a web site?
What is deductible?
HOW MUCH DO COMEDIANS MAKE?
What market best suits my act?
What is a realistic time line for my career?
What merchandise sells? Where do I get it?
What should I do for free and where do I draw the line?
and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!
This class will be offered in the Spring/Summer of 2013. We’ll meet one time for this 3hr class and the investment is $99 total.
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Business of Comedy Class” if you would like to be on the stand-by list.
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Nashville native world traveling comedian Keith Alberstadt recently went overseas again to perform for the U.S. troops in Afghanistan. As part of the Comics on Duty World Tour, Keith performed his comedy along with fellow comics Danny Bevins, Phil Palisoul, Shawn Halpin, Drake Witham, and Paul Ogata at Camp Manas. He also documented being mauled by a US Army-trained dog named Bono. Keith was wearing protective gear, but it’s still pretty scary looking (and funny):