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Calendar for Jim Richardson's local northern California comedy workshops,
off-campus open mics, community showcases and
Comedy Marathon Contests


March  2017
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thus Fri Sat
March 12 March 13 March 14 March 15 March 16 March 17 March 18
Comedy Marathon Competition, The Big Easy, Petaluma, 8-10 pm, $10, best student act wins $150 and advances to the second of three Run-Offs.

Workshop graduate and our Mystery Guest: Del VanDyke.

Guest MC: winner of our first Run-Off in 35 years, Craig Thomas.
  CCLS =
Cross & Crown Lutheran School
5475 Snyder Lane Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Directions
 

Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop, Th, 7-10 pm, taught in a continuous six-meeting loop.

Join any Thursday!

   
March 19 March 20 March 21 March 22 March 23 March 24 March 25
   

Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 5-8, Room 7, CCLS, Tu, 7-10 pm, March 21-April 25.
Prequisite:
Lesson Two: How to Write a Joke: the 7 basic joke forms


Meeting one:
Review March 12 CMC video with instructor's note
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Intermediate Workshop: Writing & Performing Intensive, by appointment only: 415-877-4424.CCLS, Wed, 7-10 pm

Prequisite:
Lesson Two: the 7 basic joke forms

Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
March 2-April 6
No prequisites.

Meeting four:
Lesson Four: Editing your act the real Gold!
   
March 26 March 27 March 28 March 29 March 30 March 31  
    Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 5-8, CCLS, Tu, 7-10 pm, March 21-April 25
Meeting two:
Lesson 5:
Delivery: vocal tricks that help you sell your ideas
Intermediate Workshop: Writing & Performing Intensive, by appointment only: 415-877-4424.
Prequisite:
Lesson Two: the 7 basic joke forms

Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
March 2-April 6

No prequisites.

Meeting five: Comedy Marathon Competition (CMC) preparation, Improvisation mini-contest: thinking on your feet

   
April  2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
March 26 March 27 March 28 March 29 March 30 March 31 April 1
    Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 5-8, CCLS, Tu, 7-10 pm, March 21-April 25
Meeting two:
Lesson 5:
Delivery: vocal tricks that help you sell your ideas
  Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
March 2-April 6

No prequisites.

Meeting five: Comedy Marathon Competition (CMC) preparation, Improvisation mini-contest: thinking on your feet
   
April 2 April 3 April 4 April 5 April 6 April 7 April 8
    Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 5-8, CCLS, Tu, 7-10 pm, May 21-April 25
Meeting three:

Lesson six:
Topical Monologue: 11 joke formats
  Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
March 2-April 6

No prequisites.

Meeting six: CMC prep,
5-Minute Monologue Contest, the Main event
  Student open mic monthly
6-7 pm
Retrograde Coffee Roasters
130 South Main Street #103 Sebastopol, CA 95472
April 9 April 10 April 11 April 12 April 13 April 14 April 15
    Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 5-8, CCLS, Tu, 7-10 pm, May 21-April 25
Meeting four:
Lesson seven:
Social Commentary: 7 joke formats
  Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop, Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
April 13-May 18

No prequisites.

Meeting one
:
Lesson one: How to Tell a Joke
 
April 16 April 17 April 18 April 19 April 20 April 21 April 22
    Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 5-8, CCLS, Tu, 7-10 pm, March 21-April 25
Meeting five:
Lesson 8:
Making the Audience Like You a Lot
 

Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
April 13-May 18

No prequisites.

Meeting two:
Lesson Two:
How to Write a Joke:
the 7 basic joke forms

 

Two shows in one night:

1) Student open mic monthly
Saturday, 7-8 pm at:

Ronnie's Bar & Grill

1460 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

2) Del VanDyke has invited several CMC contestants from our March 12 contest to participate in his
Comedy Showcase at:
Ghiringhelli's Pizzeria & Grill

1535 South Novato Blvd.
Novato CA 94945
Check-in 8:00 pm.
Show: 8:30 pm

About a 20-30 minute drive from Ronnie's in Rohnert Park.
Pay: dinner.

April 23 April 24 April 25 April 26 April 27 April 28 April 29
    Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 5-8, CCLS, Tu, 7-10 pm, March 21-April 25
Meeting six: Comedy Marathon Competition (CMC) preparation, reviewing rules for mini-contests based on Lessons 6-8
 

Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
April 13-May 18

No prequisites.

Meeting three:
Lesson Three: Narrative Character, marketing your act

   
April 30 May 1 2 3 4 5 6

Comedy Marathon Competition, The Big Easy, Petaluma, 7-10 pm, $10, best student act wins $150.
Winners of CMCs i-iii and Wild Card Candidate advance to the second of three Run-Offs for $300 and the second of three slots in the Comic of the Year Contest for $1,000!

Mystery Guest: Danny Flores, winner of the 1st Comedy Marathon Contest, Sept.1981.

Guest MC: workshop graduate who was our Mystery Guest on March 12, Del VanDyke.

 

Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 9-12, CCLS, Tu, 7-10 pm, May 2-June12
Prequisite:
Lesson Two:
the 7 basic joke forms


Meeting one:
Review April 30 CMC video with instructor's notes.
Part 1 of 2.

 

Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
April 13-May 18
No prequisites.

Meeting four:
Lesson Four: Editing your act the real Gold!

   
May  2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
April 30 May 1 May 2 May 3 May 4 May 5 May 6
Comedy Marathon Competition, The Big Easy, Petaluma, 7-10 pm, $10, best student act wins $150.
Winners of CMCs i-iii and Wild Card Candidate advance to the second of three Run-Offs for $300 and the second of three slots in the Comic of the Year Contest for $1,000!
 

Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 9-12, CCLS, Tu, May 2-Wed., June 21, 7-10 pm,
Prequisite:
Lesson Two:
the 7 basic joke forms

Meeting one:
Review April 30 CMC video with instructor's notes.
Part 1 of 2.

  Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
April 13-May 18
No prequisites.

Meeting four:
Lesson Four: Editing your act the real Gold!
   
May 7 May 8 May 9 May 10 May 11 May 12 May 13
    Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 9-12, CCLS, Tu, 7-10 pm, May 2- Wed., June 21
Prequisite:
Lesson Two:
the 7 basic joke forms

Meeting two:
Review April 30 CMC video with instructor's notes.
Part 2 of 2.

For meeting three-six schedule for Lessons 9-12, see Monday, June 5.
 

Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
April 13-May 18
No prequisites.

Meeting five: Comedy Marathon Competition (CMC) preparation, Improvisation mini-contest: thinking on your feet

  Comedy Showcase: student opening acts, plus professional headliner at:
Ghiringhelli's Pizzeria & Grill

1535 South Novato Blvd.
Novato CA 94945
Check-in 8:00 pm. Show: 8:30 pm
Tickets: $10, Performers free, Performer's guests $5.
Performer's pay: dinner.
May 14 May 15 May 16 May 17 May 18 May 19 May 20
   


  Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop, Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
April 13-May 18
No prequisites.

Meeting six: CMC prep,
5-Minute Monologue Contest, the Main event
 

PG Open Mic
No "blue material" since children will be in the audience.
Sound test: 6-6:30 pm
Show: 7-9 pm at:
Cloverdale Center for the Arts
209 North Cloverdale Blvd. Cloverdale, CA 95425

May 21 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26 May 27
   


  Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop, Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
May 25-June 29

No prequisites.

Meeting one
:
Lesson one: How to Tell a Joke
   
May 28 May 29 May 30 May 31      
   
       

 

June  2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
May 28 May 29 May 30 May 31 June 1 June 2 June 3
   

  Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
May 25-June 29

No prequisites.

Meeting two:
Lesson Two:
How to Write a Joke:
the 7 basic joke forms
   
June 4 June 5 June 6 June 7 June 8 June 9 June 10
 

Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 9-12, CCLS, Mon, 7-10 pm, May 2-June 12

Meeting three:

Lesson nine:
More Improvisation:
Thinking on Your Feet

First meeting after meetings one-two, instructor's notes on April 30 CMC video.

Registered students will schedule meetings four-six to cover Lessons ten-twelve.

    Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
May 25-June 29

No prequisites.

Meeting three:
Lesson Three: Narrative Character, marketing your act
   
June 11 June 12 June 13 June 14 June 15 June 16 June 17
 

Intermediate Workshop: Lessons 9-12, CCLS, Tu, 7-10 pm, TBA through June 21

Meeting four-six:
Lesson 10:
Working the crowd and wading into the audience, plus: Taking advantage of Hecklers — 6 joke formats

Lesson 11:
Meeting five:
Lesson 11:
Informal Roasts: 21 joke formats

Meeting six:
Lesson 12:
Formal roast: unspoken rules to keep it moving

For the next CMC, three new mini-contests will be scheduled based on Lessons 9-12

    Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
May 25-June 29
No prequisites.

Meeting four:
Lesson Four: Editing your act the real Gold!
   
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
      Last meeting of Lesson Block 9-12 at CCLSS, RAM 7, 7-10pm      
25 26 27 28 29 30  
 

 

 

Intermediate Workshop: Writing: Theory and Practice with Group-Written Scripts, Lesson block 13-16, CCLS, Wed., 7-10 pm, June 28-TBA.

Meeting one
: those who have made their investment decide the schedule.

Lesson 13:
Simple Premise Routine—the "holy grail" for writing classical stand-up comedy routines that become the backbone of your act.

Future meetings may include
Review CMC video and/or Run-Off video with instructor's notes.

     

July  2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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2 3 4 5 6 7 8
        Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, Th, 7-10 pm.
June 6-August 10.
No prequisites.

Meeting one:
Lesson one: How to Tell a Joke
   
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
             
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
             
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
Comedy Marathon Competition, The Big Easy, Petaluma, 7-10 pm, $10, best student act wins $150.
Winners of CMCs IV, 3, i-iii and Wild Card Candidate advance to the third of three Run-Offs to be held later in 2017 for $300 and the third of three slots in the late 2017 or early 2018 "Comic of the Year Contest" for $1,000!
           
30 31          
             

August  2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
             
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
             
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
      Intermediate Workshop: Writing: Theory and Practice with Group-Written Scripts, Lesson block 13-16, CCLS, Wed., 7-10 pm, June 28-TBA: last day is either August 16 or August 23 with other day making up pages for Lessons 3-4 and 1.

Either Lesson 16, "Part II: drills •Field trip: to plug a gig, class will be interviewed by a professional newspaper reporter and/or radio DJ or TV host" in class or as field trip. So, have both created a personal story modeled after Al Franken and Ray Krutt examples and filled in all workbook blanks so ready to answer DJ questions.

Or instead, we will complete extra pages in Fundamentals from Lessons 3 & 4, then 1.


See Aug. 23 listing below.

Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, 6-weeks, Th, 7-10 pm.

August 17-September 21.
No prequisites.

Meeting one:
Lesson one: How to Tell a Joke

   
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
     

See the August 16 information.

Bring workbooks both days for Lessons 1-4 and 13-16.

     
27 28 29 30 31    
CMC Run-Off two of three,
The Big Easy, Petaluma,
7:30-9 pm, $15, best student act wins $300.

And tonight's winner also advances to the second of three slots in the late 2017 or early 2018 "Comic of the Year Contest" for $1,000!
   

Advanced Writing: Theory and Practice with Group Written Scripts Using Complex Premise Routines, Lesson block 17-20: CCLS, Wed., 7-10 pm, August 30-October 4 or TBA.

Meeting one
: those who have made their investment decide the Advanced Comedy Workshop schedule between tonight and the last day of this 6-week workshop which is tentatively Wednesday, October 4.

Get new unique workbook.

Lesson 17:
Media Parody Routine, 3 hours
How to most artistically create impressions of famous real people and fictional characters seen in the media.
Sound effects.

Future meetings may include
Review CMC video and/or Run-Off video with instructor's notes.

     


September  2017
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
             
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
             
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
             
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
             
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Comedy Marathon Competition, The Big Easy, Petaluma, 7-10 pm, $10, best student act wins $150.
Winners of CMCs IV, 3, i-iii and Wild Card Candidate advance to the third of three "Run-Offs" to be held later in 2017 for $300 and that Run-Off night winner also takes the third of three slots in the January 2018 "Comic of the Year Contest" for $1,000!
     

Fundamentals of Stand-Up Comedy Workshop,
Lessons 1-4, in-class open mics, Comedy Marathon preparation, CCLS, 6-weeks, Th, 7-10 pm.

September 28-November 2.
No prequisites.

Meeting one:
Lesson one: How to Tell a Joke

   

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