Being a stand-up comedian is a serious business, with a lot of laughs. Stand-up comedy has become a giant industry and a major source of talent for movies, television and radio. The entertainment world is constantly looking for new faces.
Becoming a successful comedian takes more than just talent and luck. It involves preparation, experience, a knowledge of the business and knowing what is expected of you. Today's top comedians developed their humor without conforming to any trends or formulas. Talent and originality are the keys to success. However, there are established business methods within the industry that new comedians should be aware of. Developing, writing and performing a stand-up comedy act, and learning how the comedy industry works from an insider's point of view is what this workshop is all about. (It's also a LOT of fun!)
Join Instructor Dave Schwensen for an amazing experience. Dave is the former talent coordinator for the television show "A&E's An Evening At The Improv," The Improv Comedy Clubs in Los Angeles and New York City, and assistant to Improv founder Budd Friedman. He is author of the books "How To Be A Working Comic: An Insider's Guide To A Career In Stand-Up Comedy" and "Comedy FAQs And Answers: How The Stand-Up Biz Really Works." For more information visit www.thecomedybook.com
Here's what's included:
Three Saturday afternoon sessions from noon to 4 pm at The Improv Comedy Club.
The Chicago Improv at Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173
Tips, techniques and top secret information on how professional comedians write comedy. Each workshop member will write an original five minute stand-up comedy routine.
Performance coaching. It's one thing to create and develop a comedy act and another to deliver it successfully, (get laughs!), in front of an audience. Each member will have in-class performance coaching on stage at The Improv during each session..
Accepted and effective business methods used within the comedy industry. Included are examples on how to use your creativity to your advantage when developing promotional material, along with insider tips on how to contact talent agents, comedy club bookers, and use open-mic clubs to your advantage.
In class discussions aimed at answering all your questions about the comedy industry.
Insider stories about many of your favorite comedians and behind the scenes experiences.
An Evening At The Improv. Each workshop member will perform an original stand-up comedy set at The Improv in front of a "real live audience." Of course your family, friends, co-workers and anyone else can also be there to show support and share in the fun and laughter. An unforgettable experience!
Classes will Run August 23rd September 6th and 13th. Followed by a show on September 17th 7:30PM.